THE DARK TOWER Decision Nears, Producers Eye Russell Crowe


The The Dark Tower is at a crucial stage in its construction, according to Deadline. Warner Bros., who showed interest in the project after NBC Universal passed last year, are expected to receive a script from Akiva Goldsman for the first chapter of the Stephen King western, and will make a decision on whether or not to green light the opening leg of the massive undertaking.

The mammoth transmedia project is still earmarked to span two limited run TV seasons and three movies, but in a new development Javier Bardem is no longer in the running to play the gunslinger Roland Deschain. Deadline understands that director Ron Howard and producers Brian Grazer and Goldsman are now pursuing A Beautiful Mind star Russell Crowe for the role. While no deal is in place, Crowe will be the actor Warner Bros. use in their thinking when deciding on whether or not to take the jump.

The Dark Tower follows the last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers, with Deschain becoming humanity’s final hope to save civilization as he sets out to find the Dark Tower. Along the way, he encounters characters, good and bad, in a world that has an Old West vibe.

No further news on a potential outlet for the TV portion of the story (should all go well) has come to light, but HBO was mooted as recently as March this year, and would seem like a decent fit what with their successful foray into the world of fantasy with Game Of Thrones.

Fingers crossed this all comes together as it would be both fascinating and groundbreaking to see this epic story unfold (partially) on a long-form platform that would enable character and story to prosper. We’ll keep you updated on developments.

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  1. matt says

    please not russel crowe, he’s just going to go around fighting everyone, and singing horrible songs, with his tugboat

    they should get someone famous who’s more western-y or some unknown who super badass

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    • matt says

      I’ve seen his westerns and I would have to disagree, badass yes, gladiator was badass forsure and other, but westerns, I duuno, it just doesnt feel right yaknow? i think they need someone deeper who can breath more life into a character. russel crose is always just russel crowe yaknow?

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        • says

          Just curious, but how old do you think Roland is matt ?
          And if they cast someone in their 40’s, will they be able to pull it off.
          Or would you rather see an actor grow into the role.

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          • matt says

            well at the start of it all he;s 14 if memory serves (and bardem is 43 while crowe is 48)

            of the choices theyve mentioned so far i like bardem best, but id rather see some badass (younger, as you made a good point) unknown fill the role forsure. in cases like this its a better idea to find someone who fits the role perfecly and will probably make their namewith it (like eastwood as the man with no name or bardem in no country or even crowe with gladiator)

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