'The Dark Tower' Rises - Is the Epic Film and TV Event Back to Life?
by Ben Pearson
August 3, 2012
We've written quite a bit about The Dark Tower, a spectacularly ambitious adaptation of Stephen King's iconic novels that would span a film trilogy with two limited run TV series bridging the gap between movies, but after Universal passed on the project, we weren't expecting much to come of it. Warner Bros. bought Akiva Goldsman's script, and we haven't heard much since then, but now Deadline is reporting that the studio is about to receive a new script and will decide whether or not to greenlight the project in the next two weeks. There are also some interesting developments for who might play gunslinger Roland Deschain.
Ron Howard is still lined up to direct at least the first film in this undertaking, which is so ambitious that it's never been attempted before. But while Javier Bardem was long-rumored to play the gunslinger in both the film and television versions, now Howard and his Imagine Entertainment co-producer Brian Grazer are looking to their A Beautiful Mind star Russell Crowe to don the six-shooters. The casting makes sense considering their previous working relationship (Crowe also starred in Cinderella Man for the pair), and Crowe seems to be headed back into the spotlight with movies like Man of Steel and the title part in Noah after some less successful leading roles in recent years.
With Warners in the mix, HBO (also owned by Time Warner) seems like the perfect place to air the in-between TV installments, so we're back to playing the waiting game to see what happens. I'd love to see Warner Bros. pull this off because the concept is a total gamechanger in regards to multi-platform events and it will be a great example of how far audiences are willing to go to follow a property across multiple media. I wish Bardem was still involved (at least we'll get to see him in Skyfall), but Crowe seems like a decent replacement who can pull off the strong silent type and still be a badass. Thoughts?