Earlier this month we heard that Universal were having second thoughts about The Dark Tower, their adaptation of Stephen King’s epic book series to be directed by Ron Howard. The intention was to make a trilogy of films with a TV miniseries in between each film, however Universal put pre-production staff on hiatus as they discussed ways to bring down the budget.
Now THR reports that The Dark Tower will stay at Universal (for now) and shooting has been pushed back to early 2012 while screenwriter Akiva Goldsman re-writes the script to accomadate a lower budget.
No word yet on whether this delay will prevent Javier Bardem from appearing in the film. The actor signed up for the role when filming was set to begin later this year, so he’ll now have to readjust his schedule if he has any other projects lined up.
The Dark Tower follows a gunslinger called Roland Deschain who is the last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers, and humanity’s last hope to save a civilization that will fall unless he finds the Dark Tower. Ron Howard says he sees the trilogy as their answer to the Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, with an old West setting instead of Middle Earth.