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Universal Passes on Ron Howard’s The Dark Tower Adaptation

When Universal pushed back the start date of Ron Howard's ambitious adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series, all parties involved promised that the project was still a priority, but Vulture reported that the Tower was toppling: After all, Howard spent this month casting a new racing movie and proposed Dark Tower star Javier Bardem leaped to the next James Bond sequel. Today, Deadline reported that it's official: Universal has decided not to go forward with the expensive adaptation, spooked by Howard's desire to buttress his film trilogy with two seasons of a limited-run Dark Tower TV mini-series that would air between each big-screen installment. Another studio could always pick up the project, but that's an order as tall as the titular tower. [Deadline]

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