Who's a better actor: Javier Bardem or Russell Crowe?
Well, after many impasses, Warner Bros. has tapped the golden-penned scribe Akiva Goldsman to rewrite a draft of Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER. More, once the draft is completed (in a couple weeks), the studio will decide to whether or not to green-light the first installment of a highly ambitious multi-media adaptation.
More still, word is Russell Crowe is now in the mix to play the gun-slinging Roland Deschain. Remeber, Javier Bardem was long attached to the part, but due to the languor, is apparently out. Crowe has not officially signed on, but given his record with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (A BEAUTIFUL MIND, CINDERELLA MAN), the connection makes sense. Of course, if he accepts, it's QUITE the commitment. A 3-movie, 2-TV series commitment!
In the story, Roland Deschain is the last living member of a knightly order known as gunslingers and the last of the line of "Arthur Eld", his world's analogue of King Arthur. Politically organized along the lines of a feudal society, it shares technological and social characteristics with the American Old West but is also magical. Many of the magical aspects have vanished from Mid-World, but traces remain as do relics from a technologically advanced society. Roland's quest is to find the Dark Tower, a fabled building said to be the nexus of all universes. Roland's world is said to have "moved on", and it appears to be coming apart at the seams. Mighty nations have been torn apart by war, entire cities and regions vanish without a trace and time does not flow in an orderly fashion. Sometimes, even the sun rises in the north and sets in the east. As the series opens, Roland's motives, goals and age are unclear, though later installments shed light on these mysteries.
So what's up? You think Crowe is a better fit for Roland? You think he'll reunite with his old buddy and sign on the dotted line?
Crowe's MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS co-star Jamie Chung