Universal Pictures this week canceled plans to have Howard shoot films and a TV series based on King's western-tinged fantasy novels.
"I'm sorry Universal passed, but not really surprised," King said in an e-mail to EW.com Wednesday. "As a rule, they've been about smaller and less risky pix; maybe they feel it would be better to stick with those fast and furious racing boys. I bear them no ill will, and trust Ron Howard to get Roland and his friends before the camera somewhere else. He's very committed to the project."