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Dark Tower fans rejoice! Ron Howard and Brian Grazer have secured multiple options to adapt Stephen King's series!

05.17.2013

Not only are Ron Howard and Brian Grazer closer to getting Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER made, but they may be able to produce their massive television and theatrical project as originally envisioned. It was recently announced that Media Rights Capital, the studio behind RIDDICK, TED, and ELYSIUM, had agreed to produce a single movie based on the first novel in THE DARK TOWER. THE GUNSLINGER would likely star Russell Crowe as Roland Deschain and any future films would be considered based on the success of that movie. But, that may not be their only choice.

According to Deadline, a "mysterious Silicon Valley investor" has offerred to finance the full project that was passed on by Warner Bros. and Universal. That project envisioned three theatrical films with television mini-series airing between features. This would allow the massive scope of THE DARK TOWER to be fully realized and not ignore major subplots and elements from the books that fans have come to love.

THE DARK TOWER is my all-time favorite book series and even I know the first one is the hardest sell. Each novel focuses on a different genre as a backbone and the first is the truest Western of any of the books. I do like Russell Crowe as Roland a bit more than Javier Bardem, but while Crowe is a close friend with Howard after collaborating on A BEAUTIFUL MIND and CINDERELLA MAN, would he really be willing to commit long term to such a massive undertaking? No one involved with THE DARK TOWER will be working on any other projects, which is why J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof passed on adapting the project.

If this turns out to be true, Howard has a tough choice to make. If they go with the single film route and it bombs, we will never see another of the books made into a film. But, if they go with this mysterious financier, all other projects the cast and crew are committed to will be gone for the next five years or more.

Whatever happens, we are the closest to The Tower we have ever been.

Source: Deadline

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9:16PM on 05/09/2015

Dark Tower needs Andrew Lincoln

Please, please, please cast Andrew Lincoln (Rick in Walking Dead) as Roland. He would be [link] God in heaven, Rick Grimes is Roland already.
Please, please, please cast Andrew Lincoln (Rick in Walking Dead) as Roland. He would be [link] God in heaven, Rick Grimes is Roland already.
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12:01PM on 05/21/2013

No to Russell Crowe

Hey, I have enjoyed many of Crowe's films-(Gladiator and l.A. Confidential are among my favorite films of all time) but in my mind only one actor is perfect to play Roland. Viggo Mortenson has the perefct combination of rugged yet haggard and gaunt features. Take his look in Hidalgo and cross it with his desperate almost broken but defiant father figure in The Road and you have the perfect Roland. I can deal with the Howard/Grazer combination (although it's less than ideal), but Crowe is just
Hey, I have enjoyed many of Crowe's films-(Gladiator and l.A. Confidential are among my favorite films of all time) but in my mind only one actor is perfect to play Roland. Viggo Mortenson has the perefct combination of rugged yet haggard and gaunt features. Take his look in Hidalgo and cross it with his desperate almost broken but defiant father figure in The Road and you have the perfect Roland. I can deal with the Howard/Grazer combination (although it's less than ideal), but Crowe is just all wrong for this role.
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9:19PM on 05/09/2015
I agree. RC is just not edgy enough to play Roland. I don't want them to mess this up right out of the gate. Get the casting right please. Don't just cast a Hollywood staple, cast the RIGHT person.....Even if its a nobody!
I agree. RC is just not edgy enough to play Roland. I don't want them to mess this up right out of the gate. Get the casting right please. Don't just cast a Hollywood staple, cast the RIGHT person.....Even if its a nobody!
7:14AM on 05/20/2013

I don't see Crowe as Roland *at all*

Not that his means much, since I've been pleasantly surprised before, but I have never seen Crowe give an indication of his acting depth that would lead me to believe he can become Roland.
Not that his means much, since I've been pleasantly surprised before, but I have never seen Crowe give an indication of his acting depth that would lead me to believe he can become Roland.
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8:45PM on 05/17/2013
Except that the whole Crowe thing is made up. Howard has said, several times, that the only person he wants for Roland is Javier Bardem. Anyone who says that is not right for this adaptation.
Except that the whole Crowe thing is made up. Howard has said, several times, that the only person he wants for Roland is Javier Bardem. Anyone who says that is not right for this adaptation.
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6:59PM on 05/17/2013

Whatever anyone says....

Gotta love that stubborn dedication of Howard!
Gotta love that stubborn dedication of Howard!
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6:05PM on 05/17/2013

OK

I need a new job I should call Ron Howard and see if he'd let me write a treatment for the drawing of the 3
I need a new job I should call Ron Howard and see if he'd let me write a treatment for the drawing of the 3
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5:20PM on 05/17/2013
I don't get all the hate towards Howard, Grazer and Crowe. They all worked together on highly reviewed movies that won tons of awards. I'd rather have them do this, than most other directors / actors in Hollywood.
As long as it's gonna be R like the books, and not skip on the batshit crazy stuff especially in novels 5 and 6, I'm in.
I don't get all the hate towards Howard, Grazer and Crowe. They all worked together on highly reviewed movies that won tons of awards. I'd rather have them do this, than most other directors / actors in Hollywood.
As long as it's gonna be R like the books, and not skip on the batshit crazy stuff especially in novels 5 and 6, I'm in.
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7:07PM on 05/17/2013
Well that's the thing, sure he's got a lot of awards, but all his films are very safe. Nothing really suggests he's capable of bringing an undiluted version of this story to the screen. With his name attached I'm just afraid we're going to get a very safe watered down version of the story.
Well that's the thing, sure he's got a lot of awards, but all his films are very safe. Nothing really suggests he's capable of bringing an undiluted version of this story to the screen. With his name attached I'm just afraid we're going to get a very safe watered down version of the story.
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4:04PM on 05/17/2013

Roland

Rob Lowe's name was bandied about some time ago, but he was considered too young. I think he'd be perfect at this point.

Also - please not Crowe.

And wasn't there talk about Howard's association with Netflix (via AD) a possible venue for development and distro? Did those talks disappear?
Rob Lowe's name was bandied about some time ago, but he was considered too young. I think he'd be perfect at this point.

Also - please not Crowe.

And wasn't there talk about Howard's association with Netflix (via AD) a possible venue for development and distro? Did those talks disappear?
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3:55PM on 05/17/2013

Roland

I would love to see a good adaptation of this made.

I think Roland should be someone in their late 40s thats NOT ripped. I always pictured Roland as scarwny, kind of underfed. I could see Tim Robbins rocking it. Or Ralph Fiennes.

Aaron Johnson as Eddie Dean?
I would love to see a good adaptation of this made.

I think Roland should be someone in their late 40s thats NOT ripped. I always pictured Roland as scarwny, kind of underfed. I could see Tim Robbins rocking it. Or Ralph Fiennes.

Aaron Johnson as Eddie Dean?
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3:50PM on 05/17/2013

Roland

I would love to see a good adaptation of this made.

I think Roland should be someone in their late 40s thats NOT ripped. I always pictured Roland as scarwny, kind of underfed. I could see Tim Robbins rocking it. Or Ralph Fiennes.

Aaron Johnson as Eddie Dean?
I would love to see a good adaptation of this made.

I think Roland should be someone in their late 40s thats NOT ripped. I always pictured Roland as scarwny, kind of underfed. I could see Tim Robbins rocking it. Or Ralph Fiennes.

Aaron Johnson as Eddie Dean?
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3:47PM on 05/17/2013

Roland

I would love to see a good adaptation of this made.

I think Roland should be someone in their late 40s thats NOT ripped. I always pictured Roland as scarwny, kind of underfed. I could see Tim Robbins rocking it. Or Ralph Fiennes.

Aaron Johnson as Eddie Dean?
I would love to see a good adaptation of this made.

I think Roland should be someone in their late 40s thats NOT ripped. I always pictured Roland as scarwny, kind of underfed. I could see Tim Robbins rocking it. Or Ralph Fiennes.

Aaron Johnson as Eddie Dean?
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3:46PM on 05/17/2013
Rejoice?! Wait, what? I'd rather not see it at all than have Howard & Grazer tackle it!
Rejoice?! Wait, what? I'd rather not see it at all than have Howard & Grazer tackle it!
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4:18PM on 05/17/2013
Why? Because they're previous dramatic collaborations like Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man and Frost/Nixon sucked? Oh wait, that's right... they didn't.
Why? Because they're previous dramatic collaborations like Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man and Frost/Nixon sucked? Oh wait, that's right... they didn't.
6:59PM on 05/17/2013
Well now you're just giving me your subjective opinion and telling me I'm wrong. I mean yea I agree some of those are good melodramas. But how could you forget the cream de la crop of The Davinci Code (& it's sequel), How the Grinch Stole Christmas & their last masterpiece The Dilemma. Sorry, but I think Howard is more lucky as a filmmaker than he is skilled.
Well now you're just giving me your subjective opinion and telling me I'm wrong. I mean yea I agree some of those are good melodramas. But how could you forget the cream de la crop of The Davinci Code (& it's sequel), How the Grinch Stole Christmas & their last masterpiece The Dilemma. Sorry, but I think Howard is more lucky as a filmmaker than he is skilled.
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3:22PM on 05/17/2013
I'm definitely not sold on this, but I'm willing to take the wait-and-see approach. I haven't read the book series in years, and I still haven't gotten around to reading the newest novel, but I remember the story pretty vividly... With a few alterations, this could work beautifully on television - not sure why they feel the need to throw theatrical movies into the mix. Either way, I agree that Crowe isn't a great fit for Roland, but neither was Bardem (he was even worse, if I'm being honest).
I'm definitely not sold on this, but I'm willing to take the wait-and-see approach. I haven't read the book series in years, and I still haven't gotten around to reading the newest novel, but I remember the story pretty vividly... With a few alterations, this could work beautifully on television - not sure why they feel the need to throw theatrical movies into the mix. Either way, I agree that Crowe isn't a great fit for Roland, but neither was Bardem (he was even worse, if I'm being honest). Personally, out of the actors working today who could pull the role off, I'd like to see Viggo Mortensen. I just think he'd inhabit the role better.

Still, we'll see if this even happens... On one hand, there's a "mysterious" investor; on the other, a conditional commitment to one segment of the story at a time, dependent upon financial success alone...
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3:01PM on 05/17/2013
Fuck. Howard and Bardem kill any excitement I had for this. I would rather it not get made.
Fuck. Howard and Bardem kill any excitement I had for this. I would rather it not get made.
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2:37PM on 05/17/2013
Im going to start reading these books soon. But i still feel even without reading it that Ron Howard and Russell Crowe are wrong for this project
Im going to start reading these books soon. But i still feel even without reading it that Ron Howard and Russell Crowe are wrong for this project
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4:04PM on 05/17/2013
Explain?
Explain?
5:14AM on 05/18/2013
Ron Howard as a director has a very safe feel to it. he doesnt have an edge at all
Ron Howard as a director has a very safe feel to it. he doesnt have an edge at all
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