HBO isn’t commenting and we have some doubts, but mega-producer Brian Grazer claims Stephen King’s Dark Tower saga will air on the premium network.
In an interview with MTV, Grazer — who’s seeking to produce the miniseries along with Ron Howard as both a movie and companion TV series — said, “We’re going to do [‘The Dark Tower’] with HBO. We’ll do the TV with HBO, and we’ll do the movie with … to be determined. We’ll do it right.”
King’s series of fantasy novels was originally set up at Universal as part of a costly. Grazer indicated that actor Javier Bardem is still on board to star and that the production has cut its planned budget to attract potential distributors. “We’re going to do that movie. We’ve lost $45 million out of the budget. When people say no to you enough, then you have to lose money, which we’ve done without harming the scope of the film.”
HBO has found some success on the fantasy front with Game of Thrones, but not to a level that one would think the network would double down on the genre with this ambitious of a project. Plus the whole movie + series aspect seems likely to cause confusion — if you’re a network doing an adaptation, would you want to share it with a movie? Still, we’re pulling for Roland and Co. ending up somewhere, and a network like HBO or Starz would make a great home.