Ron Howard‘s career, to put it mildly, is a storied one. Rare is the man whose tenure in Hollywood spans over four decades, in at least three different capacities. Howard has acted and produced, and as a director, has lent his golden touch to projects as diverse as The Da Vinci Code and Apollo 13. So why wouldn’t a major studio trust him with a huge amount of money? That’s what Howard has likely been asking himself for the past year or so, while his infamous, ambitious The Dark Tower project, adapted from the sprawling Stephen King series, has languished in development hell.
Javier Bardem was signed up to star as the gunslinger Roland Deschain, with Universal set to back the project—three films and an interconnecting TV series—before pulling out last May. Now it seems that even after the mild disaster that was Cowboys and Aliens—that other sci-fi and western mish-mash that Howard helped produce—The Dark Tower franchise is now sparking interest at Warner Bros., who Deadline reports will try and revive the project. In the wake of the disaster that was John Carter—another movie about a lone warrior trudging across an arid landscape—it’s surprising that WB might want to commit to a another western redux, but this is Hollywood, where money gets spent and lessons go unlearned.