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Battlestar Galactica writer joins Dark Tower team

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If you haven't read the series, you probably don't understand just how ambitious the upcoming adaptation of the Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER series will be.

The massive, mind-bending books are being turned into a series of TV episodes of and movies, and all attached to the project are going to find themselves committed to the epic saga for years.

So far, Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman are the principles, with Javier Bardem incredibly close to closing a deal to play lead gunslinger Roland Deschain (no! Get Viggo!). But now someone else is joining the team, Battlestar Galactica writer Mark Verheiden.

He's also worked on Heroes, Falling Skies and a whole host of comics from Superman to Batman, but this will undoubtedly be his most ambitious effort to date. Battlestar and The Dark Tower may have geeky fanbases attached to each, but their similarities end there, and this will be a challenge for all involved.

Just understanding the scope of this project, I still have my lingering doubts we'll ever see this made, but the first movie does have a release date, May 17th, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: King himself is said to be helping a bit, but not too much as his screenwriting efforts to date usually haven't been all that great.
Source: Deadline

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1:55PM on 04/14/2011
Still can't believe they're going for Bardem. The man is a thumb. Roland is barely a pinky finger so unless Javier is going to pull a Christian Bale Machinist sort of thing he just doesn't fit the role. Ron Howard is going to Opie up my favorite books of all time I just know it. All I can say is these movies better be rated R or I'm going to flip.
Still can't believe they're going for Bardem. The man is a thumb. Roland is barely a pinky finger so unless Javier is going to pull a Christian Bale Machinist sort of thing he just doesn't fit the role. Ron Howard is going to Opie up my favorite books of all time I just know it. All I can say is these movies better be rated R or I'm going to flip.
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1:27PM on 04/14/2011

The wheel of Ka has stopped

I really need them to stop. I don't want to live in a world where when people ask "what's the ark tower?" the response is "that shitty show on NBC"
I really need them to stop. I don't want to live in a world where when people ask "what's the ark tower?" the response is "that shitty show on NBC"
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12:06PM on 04/14/2011
I cry myself to sleep at night thinking about a miscast Roland. Timothy Olyphant would have been awesome. Maybe I'm a Justified homer, but Walton Goggins would have made a great RF, too. Here's to a great writer from a great show making the script work for what will probably be an extremely odd cast.
I cry myself to sleep at night thinking about a miscast Roland. Timothy Olyphant would have been awesome. Maybe I'm a Justified homer, but Walton Goggins would have made a great RF, too. Here's to a great writer from a great show making the script work for what will probably be an extremely odd cast.
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9:59PM on 04/13/2011
As I've said before, this project is way too ambitious to end up good, and boy do I not like Bardem for Roland.

That being said, I think BSG was one of the best-written shows on television, especially considering they were writing on their feet and still managed to take such a large group of characters through something so sweeping and poignant. Frakking love it!

A sign of good writing: a character you completely despise when you are introduced to him becomes your absolute favorite at the
As I've said before, this project is way too ambitious to end up good, and boy do I not like Bardem for Roland.

That being said, I think BSG was one of the best-written shows on television, especially considering they were writing on their feet and still managed to take such a large group of characters through something so sweeping and poignant. Frakking love it!

A sign of good writing: a character you completely despise when you are introduced to him becomes your absolute favorite at the end of his arc. BSG delivered stuff like that in heaps.

Anyway, as Bigger Boat said, this thing is pretty much laid out for the writers, and if they are really going to do this with multiple films and TV series (does anyone think this will seriously happen in its entirety?), then they shouldn't have to leave too much out. It's all written already.
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9:58PM on 04/13/2011
The Dark Tower series is my all-time favorite book series. Thought I'd get that out of the way.

Javier Bardem is a terrible choice. He's a great actor, but so is Dame Judi Dench. Being a great actor isn't enough. Roland is an icon, or at least he could be if given the chance. He is specifically described as looking like Clint Eastwood. Or if Clint Eastwood and Stephen King had a baby.

He is described as "long, tall, and ugly". Bardem is 6', stocky, and a little chubby. One of the
The Dark Tower series is my all-time favorite book series. Thought I'd get that out of the way.

Javier Bardem is a terrible choice. He's a great actor, but so is Dame Judi Dench. Being a great actor isn't enough. Roland is an icon, or at least he could be if given the chance. He is specifically described as looking like Clint Eastwood. Or if Clint Eastwood and Stephen King had a baby.

He is described as "long, tall, and ugly". Bardem is 6', stocky, and a little chubby. One of the gunslinger's signature traits are his BLUE bombardier eyes, which would look ridiculous on Javier.
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10:01PM on 04/13/2011
I can't offer a more fitting choice, but I totally agree with you.
I can't offer a more fitting choice, but I totally agree with you.
6:13PM on 04/13/2011

Interesting

Looks like someone didn't read the books. Or you would know that Bardem is a way better fit.

People pick Viggo because they don't know what they are talking about.
Looks like someone didn't read the books. Or you would know that Bardem is a way better fit.

People pick Viggo because they don't know what they are talking about.
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6:37PM on 04/13/2011
Absolutly right people think: a cowboy ! Ho ! Viggo !
Absolutly right people think: a cowboy ! Ho ! Viggo !
7:12PM on 04/13/2011
Ladies and gentlemen: mr Paul Tassi...
Ladies and gentlemen: mr Paul Tassi...
10:13PM on 04/13/2011
Hell, I read the books, loved 'em, and can tell you that Bardem is an awful choice. Viggo isn't good, but Javier is completely wrong for it.
Hell, I read the books, loved 'em, and can tell you that Bardem is an awful choice. Viggo isn't good, but Javier is completely wrong for it.
1:51PM on 04/14/2011
I guess you never paid attention to any of the descriptions of Roland. Out of everyone mentioned Bardem is easily the worst fit. Whilst the skinny Viggo is basically word for word Roland. Personally though I would love for someone like Hugh Laurie to play the Gunslinger.
I guess you never paid attention to any of the descriptions of Roland. Out of everyone mentioned Bardem is easily the worst fit. Whilst the skinny Viggo is basically word for word Roland. Personally though I would love for someone like Hugh Laurie to play the Gunslinger.
3:27PM on 04/13/2011
Yay he's a BSG writer boo he's also a Heroes writer. This is my favorite book series of all time and there is no way in my mind that the dude that directed Splash and the guy who wrote Batman & Robin can possibly make this good. The Dark Tower needs to be an HBO series period. That being said I am still a geek so I'll probably see all three movies and every episode of the series I doubt I'll like any of it but oh well. Sometimes extremly lowered expectations are a good thing. I feel the same
Yay he's a BSG writer boo he's also a Heroes writer. This is my favorite book series of all time and there is no way in my mind that the dude that directed Splash and the guy who wrote Batman & Robin can possibly make this good. The Dark Tower needs to be an HBO series period. That being said I am still a geek so I'll probably see all three movies and every episode of the series I doubt I'll like any of it but oh well. Sometimes extremly lowered expectations are a good thing. I feel the same way about Zack Snyder's Superman (minus being a huge fan of the property part of course). I never imagined Roland as Javier Bardeem or Viggo Mortenson, when I read the books I pictured Josh Brolin, Guy Pearce or Ed Harris.
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10:09PM on 04/13/2011
Ed Harris..nice!

And I think I agree with everything you say - Battlestar is awesome, Heroes is terrible, I have no faith in Ron Howard.
Ed Harris..nice!

And I think I agree with everything you say - Battlestar is awesome, Heroes is terrible, I have no faith in Ron Howard.
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12:27PM on 04/13/2011

Dear Paul

Hey Paul first read the books. Then you will understand why Bardem would be a better Roland Deschain. Viggo is to famous to play that role. The end
Hey Paul first read the books. Then you will understand why Bardem would be a better Roland Deschain. Viggo is to famous to play that role. The end
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1:27PM on 04/13/2011
Thank you. I can't picture Viggo as Roland for the life of me. I think John Hamm, Hugh Laurie would be better. I'm sure Bardem will do a great job, though.
Thank you. I can't picture Viggo as Roland for the life of me. I think John Hamm, Hugh Laurie would be better. I'm sure Bardem will do a great job, though.
1:47PM on 04/13/2011
I read the books, and Viggo is absolutely my choice. Too famous? Yes, unlike multiple Oscar nominee Bardem.
I read the books, and Viggo is absolutely my choice. Too famous? Yes, unlike multiple Oscar nominee Bardem.
7:13PM on 04/13/2011
Yeah. ' course you did, Paul...
Yeah. ' course you did, Paul...
2:01PM on 04/14/2011
Yeah sure. And Susannah should be played by a white girl..
Yeah sure. And Susannah should be played by a white girl..
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12:10PM on 04/13/2011

bad news

if you were looking for a concise plot that knows where its going and knows how to dole out info in a strategic way, then you have failed miserably. If you want 5 years’ worth of waiting to be farmed out by a half brain dead vegetable in a bathtub summing up those 5 years of questions with 5 minutes of dialogue, with wild inconsistencies about the story then you have the right person from the right show. This book series needs someone to clear it up not confuse it.
if you were looking for a concise plot that knows where its going and knows how to dole out info in a strategic way, then you have failed miserably. If you want 5 years’ worth of waiting to be farmed out by a half brain dead vegetable in a bathtub summing up those 5 years of questions with 5 minutes of dialogue, with wild inconsistencies about the story then you have the right person from the right show. This book series needs someone to clear it up not confuse it.
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12:58PM on 04/13/2011
Ouch! Never saw any of BG. But is he THAT incapable of just adapting someone else's already written story?
Ouch! Never saw any of BG. But is he THAT incapable of just adapting someone else's already written story?
9:51PM on 04/13/2011
I disagree. BSG was not "Lost" - the point of the show was not to create ridiculously stupid questions and then (completely fail in any satisfying way) to answer them after years of teasing. It was all about the characters, and about desperation, loss, and what it means to be human.

And inconsistencies? Haven't you read the Dark Tower? This is a series so inconsistent that, once he had finished the books, King had to go back and edit the first volume to maintain its continuity with the rest!
I disagree. BSG was not "Lost" - the point of the show was not to create ridiculously stupid questions and then (completely fail in any satisfying way) to answer them after years of teasing. It was all about the characters, and about desperation, loss, and what it means to be human.

And inconsistencies? Haven't you read the Dark Tower? This is a series so inconsistent that, once he had finished the books, King had to go back and edit the first volume to maintain its continuity with the rest!
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