Don't cry for Ron Howard. Though it was announced on Monday that Universal Pictures had scuttled Howard's ambitious project to turn Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' Western fantasy books into a film and TV series, on Tuesday Warner Bros. announced that the director was part of a package to adapt Jon Krakauer's 2003 book 'Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith.'

The book is based on Ron and Dan Lafferty who, in 1984, murdered the wife and infant daughter of their younger brother Allen. The brothers -- members of a fundamentalist Mormon sect -- claimed that they were acting on direct orders from God. The book explores not only the heinous crime but the at-times-violent Mormon splinter group School of Prophets that adheres to polygamy and a belief that true believers can speak directly with God.

According to Deadline, 'Milk' and 'J Edgar' screenwriter Dustin Lance Black will pen the script for Howard to direct, with Howard and his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer producing with Shannon Costello, Jason Bateman and Stephanie Davis.

As for 'Dark Tower,' Deadline reports that the filmmakers -- along with screenwriter-producer Akiva Goldsman -- are shopping that project elsewhere. Guess where -- possibly Warner Bros.