Because Media Rights Capital made an ungodly sum of money by producing Seth McFarlane’s
two-hour episode of Family Guy foul-mouthed teddy bear movie Ted, and stands to make a good chunk of change next year by backing District 9 director Neil Blomkamp’s next sci-fi project Elysium (starring Matt Damon), they are swooping in to save the day for Stephen King fans by negotiating with Ron Howard to finance The Dark Tower adaptations.
Stephen King’s sci-fi western novels were previously optioned for a trilogy of films and two TV miniseries by Universal and then by Warner Bros., but plans fell apart due to budgetary concerns. MRC head Modi Wiczyk is apparently a huge fan of the Dark Tower series and its protagonist, gunslinger Roland Deschain (who was to be played by Javier Bardem at Universal), so for the moment, The Dark Tower is on again. Celebrate, Stephen King fans! (But, if I were you, I’d leave the good champagne on ice for now.)