Ron Howard's extremely ambitious adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower novels is dead in the water. The complex project, envisaged as three movies and a linking television series, had been in development for a couple of years at Universal with Javier Bardem lined up to star and Howard himself in the director's chair. The cancellation is being blamed on Universal's new parent company, Comcast, which wants Universal to focus on low-budget, low-risk projects, which The Dark Tower definitely wasn't.
Sad news. Given the difficulties of adapting the complex books as films, the hybrid TV/movie approach was interesting and innovative, but also potentially impractical. It's back to the drawing board, unless another company takes an interest. I hear Warner Brothers has just had a vacancy open up for a new seven-volume fantasy series to adapt.