Ron Howard confirms The Dark Tower is still in the worksS

Hey, there's some actual news about Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman's massive, ambitious The Dark Tower movie-and-TV-series mega-project, and the news is good: They're still working on it... they're just being really quiet about it.

Howard told Empire:

The Dark Tower is something that we’re still working on. We’ve all taken a vow of silence about the progress, the headway, what we think our timetable is, because I don’t think I realised how much media interest there was in the title and how much excitement there was.

It’s a fascinating, powerful possibility and even Stephen King acknowledges it’s a tricky adaptation, but to be honest, from a financing side, it’s not a straightforward, four-quadrant, sunny superhero story – it’s dark, it’s horror. That edge is what appeals to me, the complexities of those characters is what appeals to all of us. And I think Stephen King really respects that, with [regular screenwriting collaborator] Akiva Goldsman and myself, that that’s what we love about it, and that’s what we want to try to get to the screen.

So my answer is: it got delayed, it’s never gone away. We’re working on it, and Stephen is very patient with us, and Akiva’s just gone off and directed a movie, I’m continuing to work, but the Dark Tower dreams – fever dreams, rather – are still there, but we’re not going to give it a timetable.

So it might still end up lost in the Hollywood miasma of doomed projects, it could be cut down to a single movie that bombs, or it could keep attaching and losing stars until everyone gives up. But at least for now we know it's not dead... yet.