Back in July, Universal Pictures pulled out of The Dark Tower, a massive adaptation of the Stephen King novel series that was set to span three movies and two limited-run TV seasons. The project has been searching for a financial backer ever since then, and it seems they may have found one in Warner Bros.
The original deal had the entire project, both the movie trilogy and TV series, under one roof at Universal Studios and NBC/Universal Television, but that won't be the case anymore. We reported back in October that the TV component would be produced by HBO, a network which already has a longstanding relationship with Warner Bros.
Javier Bardem has long been attached to star in The Dark Tower as Roland Deschain, a nomadic gunslinger who discovers he is humanity's last hope, as he goes out in search of The Dark Tower. However, it seems Javier Bardem is only loosely attached to the role now, and his participation hinges on his schedule. Ron Howard is still directing from a script by Akiva Goldsman, with Brian Grazer producing. If a deal is made with Warner Bros., it is believed that production may start in early 2013.