Interesting news coming out of Warner Brothers. Will this latest King adaptation finally come to pass, or is the Gunslinger still shooting blanks? Read on for the latest.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is getting a new script from Akiva Goldsman for the first installment of Stephen King’s mammoth Western The Dark Tower, and within two weeks the studio will be making a decision on whether to greenlight the first leg of one of the most daring and ambitious projects to come along since The Lord of the Rings.
Javier Bardem is no longer in the mix as gunslinger Roland Deschain. Deadline reports that director Ron Howard and producers Brian Grazer and Goldsman have been talking with their A Beautiful Mind star Russell Crowe about playing Deschain. While there is no deal with Crowe, that is the star that Warner Bros will be evaluating as the studio decides on whether to take a leap on a nine-volume book that has a huge following, with Howard, King and their partners planning a multi-platform presentation that could be unforgettable. The story will be told through three films and two limited run TV series.
With regard to the TV element, Grazer said in a previous interview that component would move to HBO, and an arrangement with them (they are Warner's sister studio) makes a lot of sense.
The Dark Tower is about the last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers with Deschain becoming humanity’s last hope to save civilization as he hits the road to find the Dark Tower. Along the way he encounters characters, good and bad, in a world that has an Old West feel.
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