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08.02.2012

THE DARK TOWER deserves better treatment than what its received. Personally, I feel that the project should just go straight to HBO or perhaps AMC (sorry, Dish customers). But there's this debacle on what should be done with it, or if it should even see the light of day.

Apparently, Warner Bros. are deciding on what they should do with THE DARK TOWER. In two weeks, the studio will decide on whether or not they will greenlight the first part of the amazing Stephen King story. Not only will Akiva Goldsman's new script be a decider, so will the possibility of getting Russell Crowe to star as Roland Deschain. The whole thing is supposed to unfold as, "possibly with HBO handling the TV component that would bridge the the first and second feature films, with another limited run TV series to follow." Javier Bardem was once attached as Deschain, but I guess that fell through.

It should be said that the talks with Crowe are merely talks. No decision has been made. They are hoping that by attaching his name it will help their cause.

I guess in two weeks we will have a decision.

Also, there's talk of remaking JUMANJI? No other details on that. It was simply thrown into the end of the article to tie into Warner Bros. need to make these grand projects.

Source: Deadline

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6:07PM on 08/05/2012

Meh just stop

These books will take someone like PJ and his team to make (Movie Wise). The story is not as good as LotR but it's just as grandiose in scope and there are just as many problems logistically. If you are going to do a movie treatment it needs to be made all at once, if you wait between films you are risking loosing the cast.

Honestly they just need to stop, they are just going to screw it up if they try and half ass it with the combo movie tv concept. I do agree that if they do this they
These books will take someone like PJ and his team to make (Movie Wise). The story is not as good as LotR but it's just as grandiose in scope and there are just as many problems logistically. If you are going to do a movie treatment it needs to be made all at once, if you wait between films you are risking loosing the cast.

Honestly they just need to stop, they are just going to screw it up if they try and half ass it with the combo movie tv concept. I do agree that if they do this they need to get a relative unknown for Roland. I cannot picture any living star in that role, especially as younger Roland. Of course Eastwood could play the older Roland but that will never happen.
I think the best thing for the fans would simply be to leave it alone.
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4:41PM on 08/05/2012

Meh just stop

These books will take someone like PJ and his team to make (Movie Wise). The story is not as good as LotR but it's just as grandiose in scope and there are just as many problems logistically. If you are going to do a movie treatment it needs to be made all at once, if you wait between films you are risking loosing the cast.

Honestly they just need to stop, they are just going to screw it up if they try and half ass it with the combo movie tv concept. I do agree that if they do this they
These books will take someone like PJ and his team to make (Movie Wise). The story is not as good as LotR but it's just as grandiose in scope and there are just as many problems logistically. If you are going to do a movie treatment it needs to be made all at once, if you wait between films you are risking loosing the cast.

Honestly they just need to stop, they are just going to screw it up if they try and half ass it with the combo movie tv concept. I do agree that if they do this they need to get a relative unknown for Roland. I cannot picture any living star in that role, especially as younger Roland. Of course Eastwood could play the older Roland but that will never happen.
I think the best thing for the fans would simply be to leave it alone.
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1:25AM on 08/04/2012
Sorry for the double up.
Sorry for the double up.
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1:13AM on 08/04/2012
IMO, I think Josh Brolin would make a good Roland, and Joseph Gordon Levitt would be a good Eddie.

But, lets be real here. This is never gonna get made.
IMO, I think Josh Brolin would make a good Roland, and Joseph Gordon Levitt would be a good Eddie.

But, lets be real here. This is never gonna get made.
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12:02PM on 08/03/2012

Please No!

Guy Pearce would be perfect, but this whole thing looks to be going in the wrong direction, starting Ron Howard, he is not the director for this, you need someone who can blend the style of a spaghetti western, ala Once Upon A Time In The West, with the grandiosity of a fantasy like Lord Of The Rings, King's two main influences when writing these books. Not only is this not Howard's strong suit, but he is maybe one of the most overrated directors to begin with, sorry, but he is.
Guy Pearce would be perfect, but this whole thing looks to be going in the wrong direction, starting Ron Howard, he is not the director for this, you need someone who can blend the style of a spaghetti western, ala Once Upon A Time In The West, with the grandiosity of a fantasy like Lord Of The Rings, King's two main influences when writing these books. Not only is this not Howard's strong suit, but he is maybe one of the most overrated directors to begin with, sorry, but he is.
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7:38AM on 08/03/2012

this debacle on what should be done with it,

Don't you mean "debate"?
Don't you mean "debate"?
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6:43AM on 08/03/2012
"talks with Crowe" probably go like this:
Warner Bros: Look, fat ass. If you can keep the kreullers outta your mouth, youll have a job. Can you do that?

Crowe: Nom Nom Nom
"talks with Crowe" probably go like this:
Warner Bros: Look, fat ass. If you can keep the kreullers outta your mouth, youll have a job. Can you do that?

Crowe: Nom Nom Nom
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5:48AM on 08/03/2012

Crowe joining for 2 movies + 2 TV seasons just won't happen.

I love Crowe, but a star like him just won't attach himself with that big / long of a commitment. They should really go with someone like Josh Holloway, who is a very good actor, has great screen presence, can be a badass gunslinger (see Community Se.2 finale) and can give all his commitments to this character for the long run (like what happened to Jackman with his Wolverine role). Plus he is not a big star, so can perfectly merge with the character of Roland in people's mind. If its just an
I love Crowe, but a star like him just won't attach himself with that big / long of a commitment. They should really go with someone like Josh Holloway, who is a very good actor, has great screen presence, can be a badass gunslinger (see Community Se.2 finale) and can give all his commitments to this character for the long run (like what happened to Jackman with his Wolverine role). Plus he is not a big star, so can perfectly merge with the character of Roland in people's mind. If its just an one off thing it might be possible to get Russell Crowe, but trying to get a megastar for not only a couple of movies but also 2-3 seasons on TV, is just a wishful thinking. They have spent THIS MUCH time on making DT possible, I very much want them to get it RIGHT in the end, whenver this would eventually happen
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3:21AM on 08/03/2012
I'd prefer if this never gets made, the books work, a TV series will have to filter some bits out, movies will just plain hack the books to pieces.
That said, Russell Crowe is infintely better than Javier Bardem, but when I read the books I picture John C. McGinley as Roland every time.
I'd prefer if this never gets made, the books work, a TV series will have to filter some bits out, movies will just plain hack the books to pieces.
That said, Russell Crowe is infintely better than Javier Bardem, but when I read the books I picture John C. McGinley as Roland every time.
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1:00AM on 08/03/2012

Jumungiiiii

The remake of Jumanji has been the talk of the town for a while, and I, personally, would love to see that world revitalized and centralized.
The remake of Jumanji has been the talk of the town for a while, and I, personally, would love to see that world revitalized and centralized.
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12:50AM on 08/03/2012
I've said it before, I'll say it again; forget the films, just give this thing the Game of Thrones treatment on HBO. As for Crowe, meh. He's a better choice than Bardem, in my opinion, but I'd still prefer someone else. As someone already pointed out, a younger Clint Eastwood would be the perfect Roland. But that's out of the question, for obvious reasons. Someone suggested Josh Holloway in another thread and I have to agree, I think he could make an excellent Roland.
I've said it before, I'll say it again; forget the films, just give this thing the Game of Thrones treatment on HBO. As for Crowe, meh. He's a better choice than Bardem, in my opinion, but I'd still prefer someone else. As someone already pointed out, a younger Clint Eastwood would be the perfect Roland. But that's out of the question, for obvious reasons. Someone suggested Josh Holloway in another thread and I have to agree, I think he could make an excellent Roland.
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12:49AM on 08/03/2012
I'd be all for Russel Crowe.
But some others I wouldn't mind taking on the role of Roland are Clive Owen, Daniel Craig, or Stephen Moyer
I'd be all for Russel Crowe.
But some others I wouldn't mind taking on the role of Roland are Clive Owen, Daniel Craig, or Stephen Moyer
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12:19AM on 08/03/2012
Double post. Why isn't there a delete option?
Double post. Why isn't there a delete option?
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12:08AM on 08/03/2012

ehhh

Read the series when I was in middle school and I vaguely remember it...but I do remember it was a total mindfuck lol. If they do this, I don't think Crowe would be the right choice. I really really wish they would have done this 10 years ago and got Eastwood (who of course is the perfect guy for it)
Read the series when I was in middle school and I vaguely remember it...but I do remember it was a total mindfuck lol. If they do this, I don't think Crowe would be the right choice. I really really wish they would have done this 10 years ago and got Eastwood (who of course is the perfect guy for it)
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12:03AM on 08/03/2012
If this adaptation must happen they'd be better off casting someone not very familiar to the general audience at the moment, (similar to Viggo in LOTR), so the audience sees Roland and not the star.

As for the adaptation itself, the biggest problem is Ron Howard. Yes, he's made his share of good films, but the scope of The Dark Tower novels mixed with his ambition, (three films plus two television seasons) - I am afraid he would not be able to handle the work. The muddled narrative in the
If this adaptation must happen they'd be better off casting someone not very familiar to the general audience at the moment, (similar to Viggo in LOTR), so the audience sees Roland and not the star.

As for the adaptation itself, the biggest problem is Ron Howard. Yes, he's made his share of good films, but the scope of The Dark Tower novels mixed with his ambition, (three films plus two television seasons) - I am afraid he would not be able to handle the work. The muddled narrative in the last three novels in the series will be incredibly difficult to bring to life.

There is a reason the project keeps getting turned down. It really should stay dead.
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