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Liam Neeson rumored to be interested in a role in Ron Howard's The Dark Tower

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I'm fairly certain almost everyone loved yesterday's news about Aaron Paul meeting with Ron Howard for THE DARK TOWER. He'd be perfect as Eddie Dean in my opinion, and like most of you, I was just happy to read something good about the difficult project. After the news surfaced, Schmoes Know decided to do some digging, and they may have found out what's going on with THE DARK TOWER.

The big news item is the one in the headline: Liam Neeson might be interested in THE DARK TOWER. Their source doesn't say who Neeson might like to play, but the site speculates it could be Roland Deschain, The Gunslinger himself. Nesson would make a fine Roland, however there are a couple of other actors I'd rather see as the character. Don't get me wrong, I love me some Liam Neeson, but I think Guy Pearce or Timothy Olyphant would be phenomenal as Roland.

Schmoes Know's source also revealed some details about the budget for THE DARK TOWER, and how it might also be a television series, an option that has been considered a couple of times for the project.

"Ron Howard is going to make this with MRC and Imagine for around 60 million or so. And he’s likely doing this next. There’s going to be a TV series as well since it’s MRC and I’m thinking it may end up being at Netflix."

"$60 million?! That's it??" is what you might be saying to yourself, but if you've read the Stephen King series, you know that things aren't too crazy in the first novel, so having a budget that low might not have a negative impact on the film. Maybe they want to see how well the first one does before sinking a ton of money into the project. Once they get into the other books though, they're definitely going to need to increase the size of the budget.

Granted we have no way of knowing if this is true or not at this time, but does any of this sound good to you guys? Do you want Liam Neeson to be Roland, or is there another actor you have in mind for the character? Should the focus only be on the movies, or do you think having a television series as well is a good thing? Sound off below with your opinion on Ron Howard's THE DARK TOWER!

Extra Tidbit: If you're a fan of The Dark Tower novels, you should check out the comics. Very awesome stuff.
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12:06PM on 01/23/2014
He's be awful as Eddie. Just because he played a junkie in BB doesn't mean he's right for the character.

Also, Neeson doesn't have the chops to play Roland.
He's be awful as Eddie. Just because he played a junkie in BB doesn't mean he's right for the character.

Also, Neeson doesn't have the chops to play Roland.
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12:33AM on 01/23/2014
What you fools forget is that Howard is seriously impassioned for this film, and that can only be a good thing! At this point he's invested so much time and energy into this that when it finally gets going, he's going to do everything he can to ensure that this is a total masterpiece! I think this book (which I've read and LOVE) is in great hands!
What you fools forget is that Howard is seriously impassioned for this film, and that can only be a good thing! At this point he's invested so much time and energy into this that when it finally gets going, he's going to do everything he can to ensure that this is a total masterpiece! I think this book (which I've read and LOVE) is in great hands!
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9:39PM on 01/22/2014
Agreed with the below poster who said Karl Urban
Agreed with the below poster who said Karl Urban
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6:34PM on 01/22/2014

Clint

If he was 30-40 years younger, Clint Eastwood would have been perfect hands down. Liam Neeson would be a good fit I think. I agree with Timothy Olyphant with his roles on Justified and Deadwood being "gunslinger" like. Another two actors I think would be great would either be Josh Brolin or Gerard Butler.
If he was 30-40 years younger, Clint Eastwood would have been perfect hands down. Liam Neeson would be a good fit I think. I agree with Timothy Olyphant with his roles on Justified and Deadwood being "gunslinger" like. Another two actors I think would be great would either be Josh Brolin or Gerard Butler.
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2:12PM on 01/22/2014
I keep saying the best way to adapt this is to give it the Game of Thrones treatment. The last time there was news about this Brian Grazer said the TV portion was set-up at HBO, which would be perfect. But I think it could work on Netflix, too. They just need to scrap the idea of making a trilogy. Make it a series only.
I keep saying the best way to adapt this is to give it the Game of Thrones treatment. The last time there was news about this Brian Grazer said the TV portion was set-up at HBO, which would be perfect. But I think it could work on Netflix, too. They just need to scrap the idea of making a trilogy. Make it a series only.
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2:21PM on 01/22/2014
Agreed. I don't know why I get involved in these casting idea discussions. If its not serialized somehow it'll fail.
Agreed. I don't know why I get involved in these casting idea discussions. If its not serialized somehow it'll fail.
2:38PM on 01/22/2014
I agree as well. Drawing of the Three and Wizards and Glass are too intricate to shoehorn into a 2-1/2 to 3 hour movie.
I agree as well. Drawing of the Three and Wizards and Glass are too intricate to shoehorn into a 2-1/2 to 3 hour movie.
1:39PM on 01/22/2014

Bah! This series is in the wrong hands!

First, Aaron Paul is too short to play Eddie. I do think he can pull off the rest of the character, though.
Second, Neeson has got to be the one they are considering for Roland if they are talking with him this early. Aside from Roland or the Man in Black, who else would he play from The Gunslinger? I like Neeson, but he's a little too over saturated in my opinion and is an uninspired choice. Roland has the potential to be an iconic cinematic character and his casting should not be taken
First, Aaron Paul is too short to play Eddie. I do think he can pull off the rest of the character, though.
Second, Neeson has got to be the one they are considering for Roland if they are talking with him this early. Aside from Roland or the Man in Black, who else would he play from The Gunslinger? I like Neeson, but he's a little too over saturated in my opinion and is an uninspired choice. Roland has the potential to be an iconic cinematic character and his casting should not be taken lightly. I like the Olyphant suggestion and never even thought of Guy Pierce. Pierce actually makes a lot of sense. The guy can act and is rarely miscast.

Finally, in reference to my post's title, it is very discouraging to have Ron Howard directing this. His directing style is very bland and this series is anything but that. I think a game Spielberg or Curon would do the series justice. Or why not have Howard produce and bring in a different director for each book? They all have a different feel to them and having a different director for each may be the way to go. Sorry about the long post; rant over.
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6:36PM on 01/22/2014
I agree. I like the idea of it being a series, but back when I read the books I always imagined each one being a movie. I would have loved to see Peter Jackson direct.
I agree. I like the idea of it being a series, but back when I read the books I always imagined each one being a movie. I would have loved to see Peter Jackson direct.
1:29PM on 01/22/2014
Am I the only one finding Oliphant, while 100% badass, pretty much too young for Roland?

And Aaron Paul should pass on it if he doesn't wanna be type cast.
Am I the only one finding Oliphant, while 100% badass, pretty much too young for Roland?

And Aaron Paul should pass on it if he doesn't wanna be type cast.
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1:11PM on 01/22/2014

Liam = Everyones dad

I do not like this casting decision. I like Liam, dont get me wrong. He can pull off some charisma. But, its fatherly charisma. Not the gritty, fucked up, born to be a badass kind that this role requires. Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Benicio Del Toro all would fill the shoes of Roland better than LN. Especially if being paired with Aaron Paul. I just dont see it.
I do not like this casting decision. I like Liam, dont get me wrong. He can pull off some charisma. But, its fatherly charisma. Not the gritty, fucked up, born to be a badass kind that this role requires. Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Benicio Del Toro all would fill the shoes of Roland better than LN. Especially if being paired with Aaron Paul. I just dont see it.
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1:03PM on 01/22/2014
He's got the eyes and attitude for it, but I'd sooner see Neeson as Stephen Deschain than Roland.
He's got the eyes and attitude for it, but I'd sooner see Neeson as Stephen Deschain than Roland.
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12:52PM on 01/22/2014

Good Budget Plan

Howard desperately wants to see this become a reality. I'm not against 3 films and a show, but that's so much to commit to with no proven box office to back it up. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. only exists because of the massive juggernaut that is Iron Man. The other characters' movies haven't done mind-bogglingly well. Meaning it's generally gonna be a case-by-case basis for this to become a reality.
Howard desperately wants to see this become a reality. I'm not against 3 films and a show, but that's so much to commit to with no proven box office to back it up. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. only exists because of the massive juggernaut that is Iron Man. The other characters' movies haven't done mind-bogglingly well. Meaning it's generally gonna be a case-by-case basis for this to become a reality.
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12:33PM on 01/22/2014

Karl Urban would be perfect as Roland

If anyone has seen Priest should know, but Liam does carry alot of weight :)
If anyone has seen Priest should know, but Liam does carry alot of weight :)
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2:03PM on 01/22/2014
I pictured Urban when I read the book.
I pictured Urban when I read the book.
11:52AM on 01/22/2014

Neeson's paycheck is about $60 mil

Whether or not this is a good idea, I doubt it's true. Neeson's an established A-lister demanding at least $20 mil for a single feature. With a larger commitment like a movie AND an accompanying miniseries, he'd have to be up for a minor part, unless the guy digs the source material enough to take a biggish pay cut.

Also, I'd love to see a non-cowboy take on Roland. Olyphant is an uninspired choice, IMO -- he's too obvious, given his similar work on both Deadwood and Justified. I don't
Whether or not this is a good idea, I doubt it's true. Neeson's an established A-lister demanding at least $20 mil for a single feature. With a larger commitment like a movie AND an accompanying miniseries, he'd have to be up for a minor part, unless the guy digs the source material enough to take a biggish pay cut.

Also, I'd love to see a non-cowboy take on Roland. Olyphant is an uninspired choice, IMO -- he's too obvious, given his similar work on both Deadwood and Justified. I don't think he could truly transcend those characters. Guy Pierce is more interesting, as are Javier Bardem and Hugh Jackman. All are fine actors, and to my knowledge none of them have played a gun-toting Westerner. (Please correct me if I'm wrong.) Though I'm not a huge fan of either, Stephen Moyer and Jeffrey Dean Morgan are lesser tier choices that would fit the price range of this project. Again, unless an actor really digs the books or takes a creative-EP role in the series (like Spacey did with House of Cards).

In the end, I really won't believe this project is even happening until I see some stills.
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12:48PM on 01/22/2014
Neeson is getting $20MM for Taken 3, the third film in a proven franchise. He made $5MM for the first, $15MM for the second, $20MM for the third and only because they didn't have options on him locking him into cheaper rates. Otherwise, his services reportedly go for between $5-10MM or less, depending on the size of his part.
Neeson is getting $20MM for Taken 3, the third film in a proven franchise. He made $5MM for the first, $15MM for the second, $20MM for the third and only because they didn't have options on him locking him into cheaper rates. Otherwise, his services reportedly go for between $5-10MM or less, depending on the size of his part.
11:00AM on 01/22/2014
He would make for a good Roland, but Olyphant is still my top choice. And since Justified is ending next season, he'll have the time for it.
He would make for a good Roland, but Olyphant is still my top choice. And since Justified is ending next season, he'll have the time for it.
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9:47AM on 01/22/2014
I like him, but I think Timothy Olyphant is the best choice for Roland. Some make up, he'll look the age.
I like him, but I think Timothy Olyphant is the best choice for Roland. Some make up, he'll look the age.
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9:27AM on 01/22/2014
Any movie with Liam Neeson in (or rumored to be in) is a good sign.
Any movie with Liam Neeson in (or rumored to be in) is a good sign.
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