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“The Dark Tower” producer Brian Grazer says the movie is “gonna get made”

“The Dark Tower” producer Brian Grazer says the movie is “gonna get made” (photo)

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Universal might not want it, the project might be a bit too impressive in scope, and Ron Howard might be having some trouble drawing studio interest, but producer Brian Grazer is confident that “The Dark Tower” is going to get made.

In an interview with The Playlist while promoting “Tower Heist,” Grazer admitted that he and Howard have managed to shave $45-$50 million off of the project’s $140 million budget. That, he believes, is enough to get other people involved in the adaptation.

“We found a way to cut out $45 million out of the budget without changing the scope and actually giving it a good ending,” he said, suggesting a heavily re-worked approach. “In the $140 million draft, the ending wasn’t quite as satisfying. Now, we’ve got $45 million, $50 million out of the way and a really satisfying ending. It’s gonna get made.”

Javier Bardem is still patiently attached to the adaptation of author Stephen King’s best-selling book series, so now all Grazer and Howard need is a financier. The latest news on that front was that “The Dark Tower” was looking for outside financing, and then following production would team up with a studio to distribute the film. Universal already passed on the project — which involved three films and two TV series-tie ins — but there’s no guarantee that they wouldn’t be open to distributing the films now that they won’t have as much money depending on them.

It’s unclear whether the now-$100 million budget applies solely to the first film in the adaptation or to the whole project, but it can be assumed that it’s the former. The Playlist believes that the structure of the adaptation remains the same despite the reworked format. That two film, three TV series format could be a hard sell for financiers, but hopefully with the lowered budget the series will get kicked off relatively soon.

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Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

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Cancel it!

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Forgotten America

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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