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King, Abrams talk up 'Tower'

Stephen King and J.J. Abrams are in talks to bring King's "Dark Tower" book series to the screen. The screen's size, though, has yet to be determined. Abrams' Bad Robot shingle has a first-look deal at Paramount for film projects and a deal with Warner Bros. Television for TV projects. The project is not set up at either company. On first glance, King's tale — which sprawls across seven books as it blends the fantasy, sci-fi, horror and Western genres — might seem better suited for a multiple-episode television treatment. On the other hand, its potential cost might call for a large-scale cinematic treatment. Sources say a number of entities have been chasing "Tower" but that King is looking for strong filmmaker involvement, which is where Abrams enters the picture. It is unclear whether Abrams, who is repped by WMA, would take on the project solely as a producer or whether he would direct as well. But King hasn't been shy about admitting that he's a huge fan of Abrams' television series "Lost." In fact, he recently participated in a round-table for Entertainment Weekly with Abrams and "Lost" exec producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. During the course of the discussion, "Tower" was mentioned several times. Lindelof even brought along a rare first edition of "The Gunslinger," Book 1 of the "Tower" series, for King to sign. It all sounded like the sort of mutual admiration society that could lead to a genuine collaboration. (Borys Kit and Tatiana Siegel)



Nunnari giving new life to 'Ronin'

On the eve of today's Berlin premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel "300," Gianni Nunnari, one of the film's producers, began putting together the next Miller adaptation. Sylvain White, hot off the hit "Stomp the Yard," has come aboard to develop with an eye to direct "Ronin," a big-screen, live-action adaptation of the Miller miniseries. Nunnari and his Hollywood Gang shingle have a script by Peter Aperlo, which White will polish before shopping the project around town. Miller, the comic book auteur, has developed a Hollywood following, with such titles as "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" and "Sin City," which Robert Rodriguez adapted into a 2005 film. Miller created "Ronin," published by DC Comics, after his acclaimed run on the Marvel Comics series "Daredevil" in the early '80s. The story centers on a ronin who is reincarnated in a dystopic near-future New York populated by squatters, factions and mutants. The ronin must try to destroy a demon with a mystic sword, which also is to be found in New York. White, repped by WMA, directed the direct-to-DVD horror movie "I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer" before helming "Yard." That surprise hit, which cost $14 million to make, has grossed about $60 million to date. (Borys Kit)
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