When news broke last summer that the multi-tiered adaptation of Stephen King’s epic The Dark Tower series would not move forward at Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. was named as a potential new home for the project. Today, Deadline reports that WB is, indeed, negotiating to bring the project to the screen.
First announced in the fall of 2010, the saga of Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger, was to be developed as a big-screen trilogy and tie-in television series (to feature the same cast).
Ron Howard was attached to the project to direct at least the first part of the series and would have overseen the rest of the massive adaptation. Javier Bardem was said to have landed the role of the Gunslinger with Akiva Goldsman and Mark Verheiden tackling the writing duties.
If The Dark Tower does, indeed, wind up at Warner Bros., it could potentially connect to the studio’s adaptation of King’s The Stand, in development to be directed by Ben Affleck as the books share a character in The Stand‘s chief antagonist, Randall Flagg.