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Ron Howard Shifts Into Gear For Formula 1 Biopic 'Rush'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2011 11:39 AM
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With the future looking cloudy for the alive, but delayed multi-platform adaptation of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower," Ron Howard has been eyeing other projects. Earlier this spring, he put his name on "Amnesty" a mysterious project written by Max Landis, described as a cross between J.R.R. Tolkien and Robert Ludlum. And now he's snapped up a very hot script as another possible directing gig.

Ron Howard Says 'The Dark Tower' Will Shoot Spring 2012, Remains Cagey About Javier Bardem

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2011 3:38 AM
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With a plan to stretch over three films and television series, Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman's adaptation of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" is certainly ambitious, so much so, that rumors swirled earlier this month at Universal was getting cold feet about the project. Alas, the project is still set up at the studio, but undergoing some revisions as the cautious studio looks like slim down the budget with the filmmakers getting more time to get the story and approach right. EW recently caught up with Howard and he was quite candid about the latest developments, including the involvement of Javier Bardem who isn't quite secured just yet.

'The Dark Tower' Still Alive At Universal, But Film Delayed And Budget Will Be Trimmed

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 13, 2011 12:09 PM
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There's no question, despite the somewhat vanilla nature of its director, that Ron Howard's planned adaptation of "The Dark Tower" is one of the most ambitious projects in years, if not ever. So, despite a trouble-free first few months for the project, we weren't entirely surprised by the rumors last week that Universal, who were meant to be backing the epic three-film, two-TV-series project, were getting cold feet over spiraling costs and were considering scrapping the film entirely.

Universal On Verge Of Putting Ron Howard's Epic 'The Dark Tower' Project Into Turnaround

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 6, 2011 1:20 AM
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Update: Deadline reports that pre-production has now been put on hiatus and the proposed September start date has been scrapped as Universal works to try and bring down the budget.

Ron Howard Wants 'Amnesty' In Film Described As Mix Between Tolkien & Robert Ludlum

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2011 8:24 AM
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It seems Ron Howard has been bitten by the fantasy bug. Either that, or he sees the writing on the wall and with "The Hobbit" coming next year and "Game Of Thrones" earning huge buzz on HBO, the genre is gearing up for a comeback. Anyway, he's already got the massive film-and-TV franchise "The Dark Tower" which he will get to next, but he's attached himself to another fantasy picture. Sort of.

'Battlestar Galactica' Veteran Mark Verheiden To Co-Write & Exec Produce 'Dark Tower' TV Series

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 13, 2011 1:48 AM
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Considering the lack of adventurous spirit shown across his entire directing career to date, it's still kind of staggering to think about the ambition of Ron Howard's next project. An adaptation of the seven books in Stephen King's dense, meta-textual, sometimes-just-plain-weird "The Dark Tower" series, planned to stretch across three films and two separate TV series, mostly using the same cast, it's truly something of a scope that's never really been attempted before. And somehow, despite our gut telling us that Howard would find it tricky to land an A-lister considering the scope of the project, he looks to have signed up the much-in-demand Oscar-winner Javier Bardem as the gunslinging hero of the series. Not too shabby so far, then.

Updated: Javier Bardem Reportedly Offered Lead In 'The Dark Tower'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2011 8:42 AM
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Christian Bale Once Rumored To Be Frontrunner; Jennifer Carpenter Short ListedUpdated: Hmm, while the New York Post has really done their best to "own" this story, Deadline potentially has thrown a monkeywrench in their plans and says Javier Bardem has been officially offered this part. Then again, that may not mean much. Bardem has been offered lots of roles lately like "Clash Of The Titans 2" and "Cogan's Trade," and the man just had a baby, and as a serious actor, we don't see him jumping into a silly tentpole anytime soon.

Review: 'The Dilemma' Chooses Wacky Hijinks Over Intelligent Comedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2011 3:07 AM
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Overrated screenwriter Allan Loeb is curiously one of the most in-demand writers in Hollywood right now, and we're beginning to understand why. His screenplays tend to sell high-concept work which makes executives and producers feel good about themselves, but the actual execution undermines whatever originality and vigor the original premise may have had, keeping things safe for mainstream audiences to embrace without thinking too much, which makes studio heads happy. But if you look closer, Allan Loeb seems to be writing the same script over and over with entire plots hanging on one character struggling to tell somebody the secret he's holding. Exhibit 1: "The Switch" spent nearly half its running time with Jason Bateman agonizing over whether or not to tell Jennifer Aniston that it's actually his sperm she used to have a child. Exhibit 2: In "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" Shia LaBeouf could have avoided a world of hurt he had just been honest with his girlfriend, Carey Mulligan, about what he was doing with her Dad. Which brings us to Exhibit 3: "The Dilemma." Once again, a character grapples for the majority of the film's running time with a should I?/shouldn't I? situation, in this case it's whether or not to tell his best friend that his wife is cheating on him. Yes, "The Dilemma" is another one of those movies where you're going to wait for somebody to stop acting like an idiot and do what most normal people would do without hesitation. It's pretty painful.

Javier Bardem & Viggo Mortensen Rumored As Frontrunners For 'The Dark Tower'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2010 10:53 AM
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The upcoming Universal-led multi-platform, mega franchise launch of the adaptation of the seven novel strong “The Dark Tower” is going to be one monster of a project, using both film and television to tell the tale based on Stephen King's expansive world. And while director Ron Howard hasn't shied away from talking about a bevy of names mentioned for the lead role including Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman and Jon Hamm, it appears a new candidate and a fan favorite are apparently the frontrunners for the gig.

Viggo Mortensen, Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman, Jon Hamm All Names Mentioned For 'The Dark Tower'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 20, 2010 9:27 AM
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The upcoming Universal-led multi-platform, mega franchise launch of the adaptation of Stephen King's seven novel strong "The Dark Tower" is going to be one of the biggest undertakings in entertainment history. And certainly, the plan is a very bold one.

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