Script rewrites and lower budget may save The Dark Tower yet

Despite recent rumors that Universal wasn't going to pony up the money to make a giant movie-and-TV adaptation of Stephen King's opus The Dark Tower, it looks like they'll be making it after all. Just for less money.

The project is the brainchild of director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer and writer Akiva Goldsman, who first announced it back in September. Adapting the seven-book Dark Tower series (a new book set between books four and five called The Wind Through the Keyhole will be out in 2012) is a big project, with a trilogy of movies and two TV series bridging the gaps between the films. Unfortunately, Universal's been having a lot of money troubles recently, which forced them to cancel a $150 million adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness that was to be directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Tom Cruise.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Universal has dropped plans to start shooting the fall, as Goldsman is rewriting the script to reflect a lower budget. It hasn't been revealed how much lower the budget will be, or how that will affect the script, but it's still going to be a trilogy of movies and two TV series. Ron Howard is also still signed to direct the movie and the first episode of the TV show, with Brian Grazer producing and Goldsman writing all three movies.

The big question is whether this will affect the involvement of Javier Bardem, who signed on to play lead gunslinger Roland for at least the first movie and TV series back in April. Do you think this will be enough for him to jump ship?

(via Hollywood Reporter)

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