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Ron Howard is “fully committed” to bringing “The Dark Tower” to the big screen

Ron Howard is “fully committed” to bringing “The Dark Tower” to the big screen (photo)

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Whenever Ron Howard and “The Dark Tower” are together in the same news article, it always seems like he is single-handedly pulling the project through the pre-production process and towards that ever-elusive green light. But maybe all the continued set-backs for the film — like Universal passing on it and the movie failing to find funding — have turned the “Rush” director off on the project. At least, he doesn’t seem as overzealous about it in a recent interview as he has in the past.

Collider caught up with Howard to talk about his upcoming Formula One racing drama “Rush” and managed to pry a few details about “The Dark Tower” out of him. Last we heard was producer Brian Grazer saying the film is “gonna get made” and managed to trim $45-50 million off its $140 budget, but according to Howard, there’s still work to be done.

“We are continuing to work on the script to find ways to make the budget more manageable and still deliver the work in a way that the project deserves,” he explained. “I am in love with the material, and the minute it can come together in the right way, I am fully committed to it.”

Not the most optimistic comments, to be sure. Howard surprised many when he pitched his original idea for adapting Stephen King’s epic fantasy novel to the big — and small — screen. His concept involved three films and two tie-in TV shows leading up to the release of the film. Needless to say, studios were a bit hesitant about agreeing to produce such a big undertaking.

At this point, Howard doesn’t even have a script, and definitely doesn’t have a release date. At least Javier Bardem is still attached, but Howard doesn’t seem to anticipate the movie going in front of the camera any time soon.

“We were always racing and fast-tracking the project, so I always wince when I see something written about it and there’s a release date in there. These kinds of projects often take years to come together in the right ways,” he said.

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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.)

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Wedding Planners

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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.

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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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