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Ron Howard & Brian Grazer Looking For Financing For 'The Dark Tower'; Javier Bardem Still Attached

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 1:54 AM
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Is has not been a good time at Hollywood studios for ambitious projects. "At The Mountains Of Madness," "The Dark Tower" and more recently, "The Lone Ranger," have all been squashed as execs have been very reluctant to risk hundreds of millions of studio dollars (and possibly their jobs) to bring these epic visions to the big screen, but at least one of those films hasn't given up just yet. It was just last month that author Stephen King expressed his faith that director Ron Howard would still get the film made, and indeed, he's still trying to.

Ron Howard Rules Out Returning For Third Dan Brown Film 'The Lost Symbol'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 27, 2011 12:58 PM
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Ron Howard's insanely ambitious "The Dark Tower," a three-film, two-TV series adaptation of Stephen King's epic fantasy series, looks to be pretty much dead: it was delayed in search of budget cuts, before Universal dropped it altogether, and the chances of another studio picking up the slack looks to be slim at this point. But the director, still seen as one of the safest pairs of hands around, hasn't sunk into grief: he's prepping Formula 1 drama "Rush" with Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, which should shoot at the end of the year, and he's got a number of other projects circling: fantasy actioner "Amnesty," MAD Magazine adaptation "Spy Vs. Spy" and the Dustin Lance Black-penned Mormon drama "Under The Banner of Heaven."

Ron Howard & Dustin Lance Black Are 'Under The Banner Of Heaven'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2011 11:23 AM
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With multi-platform "The Dark Tower" dead for now, and also freeing up years of Ron Howard's life he would have spent toiling on the picture(s), he hasn't wasted any time in lining up a batch of new projects. His Formula 1 drama "Rush" with Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl will shift into gear in late 2011/early 2012 and he's currently got a "Spy Vs. Spy" movie and the mysterious Robert Ludlum-meets-Tolkien pic "Amnesty" sitting on his backburner for now, and it looks as though they will also be competing for space alongside a new endeavor.

'The Dark Tower' Dies, As Universal Pulls The Plug On Ambitious Multi-Platform Adaptation

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 18, 2011 12:24 PM
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"The Dark Tower" has crumbled to the ground.

How MAD Is That? Ron Howard To Direct Live-Action 'Spy vs. Spy' Adaptation

  • By Matthew Newlin
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  • June 22, 2011 11:19 AM
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You have to say this for Ron Howard: he's full of surprises. Deadline reported today that Howard will be directing a live-action adaptation of the comic strip "Spy vs. Spy" for Warner Bros. Yes, you read that correctly, "Spy Vs. Spy," the satirical black and white comic-book strip from Cuban cartoonist Antonio Prohías that was featured in MAD Magazine from the early 60s until 1987. The cartoon depicted two constantly warring spies who used a variety of booby-traps to kill one another. The duo, who generally alternated between victory and defeat with each new comic-strip. looked identical save for opposite black and white colors.

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.

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