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As Ka Wills: Mysterious Investor Saves Dark Tower

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | May 20, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | May 20, 2013 |

We haven’t reported much on the Dark Tower rumors. Or rather, on an absolute level, we’ve talked about it quite a bit, but on a relative level, we really only bother every once in a while because the rumors are constantly changing and rarely materialize into actual movement in one direction or another. This bit of news is quite different.

If you recall, the original plan put together for adapting the series was one of a combination of television series and wide release films to take advantage of both the grandiose big things that happen, and the long slow burn of other parts of the story. It was quite a unique and fantastically ambitious plan. Naturally, the funding fell through because the networks are too busy finding America’s Next Vocal Procedural to bother with trying to reverse their downward spiral at this point.

Last week though, someone must have read my plea to kickstart everything, because a source of a pile of money who insists at the moment on anonymity has stepped in offering to donate the budget for the project, but only if they do the original ambitious plan. The only information about the investor is that he is from the Silicon Valley. I assume that’s just a cover for Holmes Dental, myself.

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, the guys holding the decision making power on the project, have not yet made any signal as to whether they are willing to meet the terms of the investor and go forward with their original vision for the project, or whether they’d rather just keep hanging in the wind hoping a traditional source will fork over the money necessary for a less ambitious version.

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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