'Dark Tower' adaptation stops but may start again

The adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower series was dropped by Warner Bros., but Media Rights Capital may take on the project.

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While Warner Bros. held the rights to the film adaptation of Stephen King's 'Dark Tower' series, it was rumored that Russell Crowe would play protagonist Roland Deschain.

Warner Bros. has decided against adapting Stephen King’s "Dark Tower" series, the latest obstacle in the effort to get King’s books to the screen, but Deadline reports that Media Rights Capital is in talks to take on the "Dark Tower" project.

After Universal Pictures put an end to a planned project of multiple feature films and TV series based on the books, Warner Bros. picked up the project, with “The Da Vinci Code” director Ron Howard set to direct and frequent Howard collaborator Brian Grazer scheduled to produce. Rumors had swirled that “Les Miserables” star Russell Crowe could sign on to play protagonist Roland Deschain.

Warner Bros. had planned three movies and two separate TV adaptations to tackle the story, which consists of eight books, including King’s latest addition to the series, “The Wind Through the Keyhole.”

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