Ron Howard’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower has officially been canceled, ending the long-anticipated (and long-struggling) project once and for all.

Perhaps it was inevitable that The Dark Tower would be canceled. Despite having a bankable director in Howard and a big-name star in Javier Bardem, Universal put The Dark Tower into turnaround in May after executives became nervous over the project’s immense scale (which would have bridged a trilogy of films with made-for-TV specials).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Today was D-Day for Dark Tower because the studio had a July 15 deadline to commit to the movies or not.” In retrospect, it seems that Howard was overly ambitious about The Dark Tower from the beginning.

Although Howard said he couldn’t stop talking about the film in December, the director has had a variety of projects in development since then. One was bound to overtake The Dark Tower in importance and it looks like it’s going to be the Formula One racing film Rush – starring Chris Hemsworth (Thor).

Given Howard’s enthusiasm for the film and the high-profile talent attached to the project, it seems like this might have been the best chance for The Dark Tower to hit the big screen. In fact, this cancellation begs the question of whether an adaptation of The Dark Tower will ever see the light of day.

In a way, it’s a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation. A low-budget adaptation wouldn’t come close to conveying the epic scope of King’s series, but a big-budget project is too risky for many investors. Like so much of King’s work, The Dark Tower will probably have to settle for a less-than-stellar made-for-TV movie at some point down the road.

The Dark Tower is one of Stephen King’s most popular creations, and I know that there are tons of fans of the series among the Screen Rant faithful. What do you think of this news? Will The Dark Tower ever be made into a film?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter