'The Dark Tower' Movie Budget Slashed To Move Forward

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Ron Howard's facing gunslinger Roland Deschain sized proportions in getting the Steven King's epic 'The Dark Tower' series of books to the big screen, but the producers swear that after slashing $40 million from the budget, it won't affect the film. 'Dark Tower' fans sigh everywhere.

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When Ron Howard and Brian Grazer announced the way they would be bringing Stephen King's epic 'The Dark Tower' books both the big and small screen, it sounded too good to be true, and many fans were guardedly optimistic. Naturally, there was reason since even the great Ron Howard couldn't get Universal to bite onto the massive production budget that would have entailed a sprawling epic film, begin a television series, another film, back to tv series and tie it all up with another epic film. That would've definitely been a first (well, the X-Files did do a little bit of that), and everything seemed like it was a go with even Stephen King giving up his regular column at Entertainment Weekly leading many of us to believe all things were a go. King has seen many of his novels get turned into some real crap, so this has been a very long journey to get this series made.

Producer Grazer announced that 'The Dark Tower' is back on track to getting made since they chopped out $40 million from the budget. "We found a way to cut out $45 million out of the budget without changing the scope and actually giving it a good ending… In the $140 million draft, the ending wasn’t quite as satisfying. Now, we’ve got $45 million, $50 million out of the way and a really satisfying ending. It’s gonna get made."

Yeah, it makes you scratch your head a bit when you read his line. Basically, what's he's saying is that when they had a huge budget, the ending wasn't so good, but now that they'd been forced to chop out about 35% of the budget, everything will be much better. I wonder how great it could be if the budget gets chopped another 50%! By his rationale, it should be amazing. Once you hear about budget's getting chopped, you know it ain't good news. Grazer didn't go into detail that the $140 million was for the first epic film since there's no way that budget would be able to cover all three movie and mini-series. Ron Howard said that all the changes they've had to made won't affect the final product, but this type of slash and burn will be hard for him to keep his word.

In the meantime, Javier Bardem is still onboard, but that could change since there's no shooting schedule and Howard is set to direct 'Rush' next. If Bardem has to bow out, it looks like Viggo Mortensen might be back in line for the Gunslinger after all.

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