Warner Bros. has officially passed on developing a multi-tiered adaptation of Stephen King’s epic The Dark Tower series, Variety reports. It was announced earlier this year that the studio might tackle the massive project after Universal Pictures themselves ended up passing on it last summer.
The books weave the saga of Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger and the adaptation was to be developed as a big-screen trilogy and tie-in television series featuring 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. Most recently, Russell Crowe was said to have been interested in the role of the Gunslinger with Akiva Goldsman and Mark Verheiden tackling the writing duties.
Although the property could still theoretically move forward if another studio is interested in picking it up, the current state of affairs appears to be that The Dark Tower, at least in this iteration, is on indefinite hold.