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Dark Tower movie developments
  • Stephen King and J.J. Abrams are in talks to bring King's "Dark Tower" book series to the screen. The screen's size, though, has yet to be determined. Abrams' Bad Robot shingle has a first-look deal at Paramount for film projects and a deal with Warner Bros. Television for TV projects. The project is not yet set up at either company. On first glance, King's tale -- which sprawls across seven books as it blends the fantasy, sci-fi, horror and Western genres -- might seem better suited for a multiple-episode television treatment. On the other hand, its potential cost might call for a large-scale cinematic treatment. Sources say a number of entities have been chasing "Tower" but that King is looking for strong filmmaker involvement, which is where Abrams enters the picture. It is unclear whether Abrams, who is repped by WMA, would take on the project solely as a producer or whether he would direct as well. But King hasn't been shy about admitting that he's a huge fan of Abrams' television series "Lost." In fact, he recently participated in a round-table for Entertainment Weekly with Abrams and "Lost" exec producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. During the course of the discussion, "Tower" was mentioned several times. Lindelof even brought along a rare first edition of "The Gunslinger," Book 1 of the "Tower" series, for King to sign. It all sounded like the sort of mutual admiration society that could lead to a genuine collaboration.
  • Awesome! I do not know how they could pull off a live action version logistically. The time to film it all versus Jake's age throughout the series almost requires some form of animation. Aging Jake throughout the story would change the dynamics of the relationship between him and Roland too much, not to mention the others of the ka-tet.
  • The whole story takes place during approximately a one-year period from the time Roland reaches Tull to the end, so aging shouldn't be THAT much of an issue.

    This is still in the talking stage according to the article. I'm looking into it to see if it's "for real." Knowing a little about how Hollywood works, it could be years before anything happens.
  • Sorry, I was unclear in my previous post.

    I was thinking of a series of movies like the Potter films. If it is going to be a series of movies then the aging issue for Jake is a problem, unless they film them back to back, and how many movies 7, 6, 5..? I can't see any studio financing more than 3 films to be shot back to back at once.

    As a TV miniseries, shooting the whole story consecutively Jake's age wouldn't be as much of an issue.
  • Here is the original source of the story

    Who is Lost in The Dark Tower?

    IGN has the exclusive scoop here!

    by Stax

    February 13, 2007 - IGN has exclusively learned that J.J. Abrams is poised to direct The Dark Tower, based on the Stephen King literary series. Abrams' production company Bad Robot had "no comment" on the matter.

    Sources advised us that an official announcement is forthcoming. We have been unable to determine whether Dark Tower will be a film project or a TV miniseries, although the latter is a more likely prospect given the complex nature of King's seven-book series. Given Abrams' success on the small screen -- and King's well known love for the Abrams-produced TV series Lost -- the tube seems a better fit for The Dark Tower. That said, IGN now has reason to believe the project will be for the big-screen.

    Sources also added that Abrams is indeed only producing Star Trek XI. It was recently reported that Abrams would not direct Trek XI, as many had assumed, but would instead turn his attention to a secret Paramount project titled Cloverfield. Might Cloverfield be a codename for The Dark Tower? Or a completely separate project?

    (Interestingly enough, Entertainment Weekly did an interview last year with King, Abrams and his Lost producing partner Damon Lindelof, who reportedly brought a rare first edition of The Gunslinger to the meeting.)

    Often described as King's magnum opus, The Dark Tower, as Wikipedia reminds us, "tells the tale of lead character Roland Deschain's quest for the 'Dark Tower.' The Dark Tower is often described in the novels as a real structure, and also as a metaphor. Part of Roland's fictional quest lies in discovering the true nature of the Tower. The series incorporates themes from multiple genres, including fantasy fiction, science fantasy, horror, and western elements."

    "In the story, Roland is the last living member of a knightly order known as gunslingers. The world he lives in is quite different from our own, yet it bears striking similarities to it. Politically organized along the lines of a feudal society, it shares technological and social characteristics with the American Old West, as well as bearing magical powers and the relics of a highly advanced, but long vanished, society. Roland's quest is to find the Dark Tower, a fabled building said to either be, or be located at, the nexus of all universes. Roland's world is said to have 'moved on,' and indeed it appears to be coming apart at the seams — mighty nations are being torn apart by war, entire cities and regions vanish from the face of the earth without a trace, time does not flow in an orderly fashion; even the sun sometimes rises in the north and sets in the east. As the series opens, Roland's motives, goals, and even his age are unclear, though later installments shed light on these mysteries."

    This news about J.J. Abrams comes on the heels of Marvel's recent launch of the limited comic book series The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born.
  • King's response via his Message Board Moderator is that they are talking but nothing has been agreed upon at this point.
  • Further clarification from SK's MB: "I asked Steve for clarification on this and his response was that no deal has been finalized. If and when one is, it will be a 3 year option which he will sell them for $19. I can tell you from experience that there have been many times when an option has expired before a film is made so even an option doesn't mean it's a done deal. "
  • Wired News: Turning to your Stephen King project for a second, The Dark Tower wasn't well-received by most critics or even some die-hard Stephen King fans. What attracts you to the project?

    Abrams: This is something that we are just now talking about with Stephen, so it's too early for me to say that we're even officially doing it yet just because the thing is in the early stages of discussion. I love what the The Dark Tower is. Damon Lindelof is obsessed (with it). We met Stephen, who was just the greatest, and hit it off. What's exciting to me about it is that it is a very edgy epic. You could . . . say it's his Tolkien Ring series, but I feel like it has a potential of being a lot more. I think that sense of that great hero, that sort of Western, iconic, almost spaghetti-Western-type hero in this landscape is just an amazing -- it feels iconic to me.

  • The Dark Tower wasn't well-received by most critics
    ::)Prove it.
  • I was interviewed recently for this]www.lsureveille.com/media/storage/paper868/news/2007/03/22/Entertainment/lost-Creator.Tackles.dark.Tower-2786294.shtml]this article[/url] in the LSU Reveille. It's funny that I'm in Shreveport, Louisiana when it appeared!
  • Seven things we want from the Dark Tower movies

    • Respect for the Scope
    • Pedigree Behind the Camera
    • A New Face in Front of the Camera
    • An "R" Rating - No Dim Tower
    • Stephen King
    • Valued Drama Over Action
    • Hurry Up
  • Good article - I lean towards animation being the best approach to this.
  • Q: Have there been any developments with your rumored adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower series?

    A: The Dark Tower is to me every bit as daunting an adaptation as the Lord of the Rings trilogy must have been for Peter Jackson, except we've got seven books we're looking at. And the idea of doing that at the same time Carlton and I are bringing Lost to a close is simply not viable. There are always Dark Tower conversations, but the figuring out of what this will look like as a movie has not begun. If The Dark Tower were in the right hands, I would love to see seven movies executed just right. But you have to get people to see the first one to get them to come and see the second one.
  • Honestly, I'd rather not see a movie/movies come out for this. I would love to be pleasantly surprised if they were great and did the books justice but I can't help but think that they would not. This series is so epic... and I have seen peoples picks of who Roland would be and can't think of ANYONE who could make him come to life.
  • Yesterday I attended the german premiere of the new "Star Trek" movie (I.e. I didn't have tickets but watched the stars arrive on the blue [!] carpet.) and got handshakes and autographs by Bryan Burk and J.J. Abrams! :o

    I also exchanged a few words with them and asked them about the "Dark Tower"-movies. Mr Burk said something like "Soon. Not very soon, but soon!" Mr Abrams replied "... after LOST is done!"

    Only later did I realize that I immediately should have asked if that meant before or after "Cloverfield 2", the 12th "Star Trek" movie, etc. ... but I'd been to excited to think of it in time ... :-/
  • That's very cool -- I'd love to meet J.J. Abrams. You're right -- he seems to have a thousand things going on, and by the time LOST is finished, who knows what else will have caught his attention.
  • He seemed like a really nice guy: friendly, funny, patient and very down-to-earth.

    By the way, when asked by another fan what his next project would be, he replied: "Sleeping!" ;)

    But I do hope he and his team will eventually get around to doing "The Dark Tower" (If not, maybe Frank Darabont can have a go at it after all?) because I trust their vision as long as they'll hire Robin Furth as co-writer! :)

    Just imagine the soundtrack Michael Giacchino would deliver! *drools*
  • I wonder if anyone thinks that there are certain books that should not be made into movies? I mean, I can think of a few books that I don't see how anyone could make into a movie. I guess I am just cynical because I feel like the film format has messed up King's work before, numerous times, and this is (in my humble opinion) his masterpiece. I feel like I would be just as happy if The Dark Tower series were never made into movies. Of course there is the small chance they will make them and the movies will be utterly amazing in which case I guess I will be eating my words;)
  • Damon Lindelof Compares Challenge of Adapting ‘Dark Tower’ To Zack Snyder’s ‘Watchmen’

    As “Star Trek” makes its case for the new J.J. Abrams age of the franchise this weekend, he and fellow “Lost” creator Damon Lindelof continue to have early discussions about Stephen King’s cult series of books “The Dark Tower.” Lindelof confirmed Abrams’ assertion that “Lost” is priority number one at the moments, but said the project would require at least as much care as Zack Snyder’s adaptation of “Watchmen.”

    “Having seen Zack go through what he went through on ‘Watchmen’ in terms of saying of where can I digress from the material I just get headaches thinking about changing anything,” Lindelof told MTV News. “It was the defining literary tale of my young adulthood into adulthood.”

    Lindelof is keenly aware of how that level of attachment can affect his approach to the project. “My reverence for Stephen King is now getting in the way of what any good writer would do first when they’re adapting a book, which is take creative license in changing stuff,” he explained.

    If the Hollywood power duo indeed moves on to King’s fantasy/Western tale when they finish with “Lost” it may be an extended commitment in addition to being a demanding one, given the scope of the seven-book series.

    “Paramount is certainly looking at it as a franchise movie and thinking about sequels but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves,” Lindelof said. “Ideas have been thrown around that are very informal at this point.”

    And more formal conversations very well may not be in the cards until the fates of Oceanic Flight 815’s passengers are firmly on the ground for the the “Lost” finale.

  • I loved reading that Deadbolt article, because it brought up a (somewhat) obscure name that had been dancing in my head in regards to a potential helmer: Alfonso Cuaron. I think he would bring a great amount of credibility, vision and directorial chops to the first few novels/pictures. Watching "Children of Men" gave me a lot of vibes from the early books, most notably The Wastelands. The dystopian settings, use of music, excellent pacing, choreographed action with restrained effects, it all made me think that Cuaron would do an admirable job as a DT director. And he could probably get a heck of a performance out of his "Children of Men" star, Clive Owen, as Roland. But thats another topic for another day. ;)
  • Stephen King's The Dark Tower Coming to Theaters & TV

    Stephen King, Imagine Entertainment and Weed Road are in talks to create a movie trilogy and TV series based on King's "The Dark Tower" series. Universal Pictures is in talks to distribute.

    Ron Howard will direct from a script by Akiva Goldsman. Howard's Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer will produce with Goldsman and King.
  • 'Dark Tower' by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman (exclusive)

    By Borys Kit and Ace Fernandez

    J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot shingle, which has long sought to crack Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” book series as a television series, no longer has the rights to one of the author’s biggest properties.

    Bad Robot has returned the rights back to the best-selling author. Now Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman are teaming up to tackle the fantasy Western.

    The three are in discussions on a scenario that would see an adaptation begin as a movie, to be written by Goldsman and directed by Howard, that would lead to a TV series produced by Imagine’s small-screen division.

    “Tower” is not set up, nor has any option deal been made, but insiders say Universal, home to Imagine, would be the studio that will release the movie.

    That would be a contrast to the vision drawn up by Bad Robot, which had been eyeing their potential series as a reunion with “Lost” exec producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. Because of the comprehensive nature of the project, the creators wanted to wait until “Lost” was over to give it their attention. When they realized they wouldn't be able to do an adaptation justice, they gave the rights back to King.

    King’s magnum opus, “Tower” encompasses not just a narrative about the Man in Black and Roland, the Gunslinger, that spans seven lengthy books (and one short story), but also the entire universe of King’s fiction. Characters from his other novels flit in and out of “Tower” in minor and major ways.

    Envisioned when King was still in his teens as his own take on spaghetti Westerns and the world of Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings,” “Tower” has also spawned a series of graphic novels from Marvel Comics, with the latest issue hitting shelves May 19. The property’s expansive nature and direct connection to King’s other works make it one of the biggest, ripest franchise possibilities in entertainment.
  • A movie and TV series? Interesting approach.

    Number one issue for me has been how they will handle Jake's age over the 7 books. Whomever they cast will grow out of the role. I suspect Jake may become a teenager to get around this.
  • Here's the scoop directly from King regarding the proposed project:

    "It looks good. Things are happening and they are happening fast but any reports you see might be taken with a grain of salt for the next couple of weeks. You will know the news from the official source as soon as we are able to post it."


  • Entertainment Weekly exclusive: Who should star in 'The Dark Tower'? 'The Twilight cast, of course!'

    Interview with King. "I always thought it would take more than a single movie, but I didn’t see this solution coming — i.e., several movies and TV series. It was Ron [Howard] and Akiva [Goldsman]‘s idea. Once it was raised, I thought at once it was the solution."
  • Ron Howard took on the task of making Stephen King's Dark Tower series into both movies and a television series. However, he is approaching another project first. My Stroke of Insight is a true-story memoir of Jill Bolte Taylor, a "brain scientist" who suffers a stroke leaving her unable to walk, read, write or remember her past. The story then follows her as she uses her knowledge of brainpower to recover. The movie is being compared to A Beautiful Mind and Howard hopes to cast Jodie Foster in the lead role.

    >>> Source
  • Universal has locked in release dates for some of its big upcoming movies, among them Ron Howard's adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower.

    Ron Howard's Dark Tower adaptation will make history, as he and Universal are bringing together a movie trilogy and tv series based on Stephen King's much loved novels/comics. And now wed have a release date. The first of the trilogy is set for release on Friday, May 17, 2013.

    Just a little bit of a wait then! But it could really be worth it. Apparently the plan is to start with the first film in the trilogy and link the following films with a season of Tv episodes between them. This epic undertaking has drawn comparison to Peter Jackson's work on LOTR, and Howard acknowledges and invites it.

    “What Peter did was a feat, cinematic history. The approach we’re taking also stands on its own, but it’s driven by the material. I love both, and like what’s going on in TV. With this story, if you dedicated to one medium or another, there’s the horrible risk of cheating material. The scope and scale call for a big screen budget. But if you committed only to films, you’d deny the audience the intimacy and nuance of some of these characters and a lot of cool twists and turns that make for jaw-dropping, compelling television. We’ve put some real time and deep thought into this, and a lot of conversations and analysis from a business standpoint, to get people to believe in this and take this leap with us. I hope audiences respond to it in a way that compels us to keep going after the first year or two of work. It’s fresh territory for me, as a filmmaker.”

    >>> Source
  • How The Dark Tower will roll out has conflicting reports out. This article - http://tinyurl.com/39coasv - linked to by Lilja's makes it seem that NBC will have a TV series for it starting this fall. Unless NBC is just putting a placeholder for the series down.

    Personally I can't see the project starting on TV. Starting with a movie makes more sense from a generating visibility point of view.
  • I think that NBC info is wrong, but I could be mistaken.
  • Bev_Vincent wrote: I think that NBC info is wrong, but I could be mistaken.

    Given their track record the last few years you are most certainly correct. ;D
  • From Deadline via IGN:

    Howard Talks Dark Tower

    Director gives a status update on the ambitious adaptation.

    December 14, 2010

    by Jim Vejvoda

    Director Ron Howard has given a status update on his massive, planned film and TV adaptation of the Stephen King saga, The Dark Tower.

    "It is going well, and it has been incredibly stimulating to work on," Howard told Deadline. "It's dense, a great author's life work is not to be taken lightly. It has been utterly fascinating to explore it, and we are having great creative conversations. I've begun tossing and turning at 3 in the morning over it, so that's a good sign."

    Howard, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman and producer Brian Grazer -- the Oscar-winning powerhouse trio behind A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code, and Angels & Demons -- will adapt The Dark Tower, with King, Imagine Entertainment and Weed Road simultaneously developing the property as a TV series. The first season of the TV series is designed to bridge the first and second movies.

    Universal has slated the first movie in their Dark Tower film trilogy for a Friday, May 17, 2013 release.
  • Would feel more comfortable if The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons were not on their resume.
  • Director Ron Howard has acknowledged some of the actors being considered to play the lead role of gunslinger Roland Deschain in the filmmaker's planned epic feature film/TV adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower.

    In a chat with The Los Angeles Times about the project, "Howard didn't dodge the topic [of casting Roland] and nodded when names such as Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman and Jon Hamm were mentioned."

    Howard told the paper, "Sure, those are some names and on 'The Dark Tower' fansites they're all about Viggo [Mortensen]."

    "We love Roland the Gunslinger but we also like coming back to these worlds and these places. On one hand it is grounded and relatable but on the other hand it's scary and strange and mind-blowing," said Howard. "There's this dream quality to it and the mystery in that is what it's all about – being compelled forward without all the answers."

    Howard, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman and producer Brian Grazer will adapt The Dark Tower, with King, Imagine Entertainment and Weed Road simultaneously developing the property as a TV series. The first season of the TV series is designed to bridge the first and second movies. Universal has slated the first movie in their Dark Tower film trilogy for a Friday, May 17, 2013 release.

    >>> Source
  • Ron Howard admits there is pressure in bringing King's The Dark Tower series to the screen.

    He said: "Filmically, there are tones in this that I have never used before, tones of fantasy menace and elements of horror and real fear.

    "And there's the burden, on the characters, of this journey that is really palpable. That's what we need to get on the screen. I think there's something about [the Frank Darabont films] Green Mile or a Shawshank Redemption, the complexity and the ballast of them, those are two [of the Stephen King adaptations] where you do get the horror and suspense that's there on the page.

    "We're charging ourselves with the responsibility of getting a real understanding of the material and utilising many of the best aspects of the books and graphic novels."

    "there’s this entire world and all of these references and there are the books and the graphic novels and just talking to Stephen and it’s all this ongoing conversation with the material and it’s really exciting. In all of it, he leaves a lot open to interpretation and so it gives a great deal of latitude.”
  • Ron Howard briefly mentioned his work on the Dark Tower movies at the end of his Today Show appearance promoting The Dilemma today.
  • What is the connection between the King of All Media and Stephen King's The Dark Tower? Who else but Howard Stern could get people to talk about things they know they shouldn't?

    Director Ron Howard (or as Eddie Murphy used to call him on SNL, "Opie Cunningham") was a guest on The Howard Stern Show, and despite Ron Howard's best efforts he found himself revealing things about his adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower that in other circumstances he wouldn't. Such is the power of Stern!

    For fans it might be a little disheartening to learn that at this point the project is only in development, which means that it's probably a long way from filming. In fact, Howard wasn't even guaranteeing that the project would reach screens at all. If it does, however, in addressing the innovative notion of creating a trilogy fo films supplemented by a television series between film entries, he pointed out that the plan calls for a single six-hour miniseries that would air between the release of the first two films. So anyone envisioning a couple of seasons of 22-episodes each should put that out of their mind.

    One caller suggested that The Dark Tower would be more suitable for a cable network like HBO or Showtime than one of the networks, Howard, after some initial reluctance, noted that the show would likely air on Syfy or USA -- one of NBC/Universal's cable networks which would allow more freedom than the network itself.

    Finally, as to the casting of the role of Roland Deschain, names being bandied about are Lord of the Rings' Viggo Mortensen and No Country For Old Men's Javier Bardem.

    >>> Source
  • Ron Howard, from his Howard Stern appearance:

    “I don’t know if it’s going to happen or not, but I’m developing with Akiva Goldsman, the guy who wrote A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man, a version of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series of fantasy stories And there is an element of it, if everything goes as planned, that we would like to do on tv. So we want to do part of it big screen, and then a lot of the character stuff — because Stephen King’s stuff is so interesting and fascinating, and instead of trying to wedge it into a movie, let the movies be adventure and action.”

    “In a way it’s Stephen King’s life work. He’s woven those characters in and around so many stories… Hey look, there is always a risk when you adapt something and books are challenges. But I think a movie idea is there. And if I have my way, and if everything goes according to plan, which is of course a big if — we’ll be doing movies, we’ll be doing television, and all of that isn’t just [to make money] but all of that is to be as comprehensive as possible.The idea of doing part of it on the big screen and part of it on television is to try to include absolutely as much of the books, and even the graphic novels, as possible.”
  • While those involved have abstained from commenting on anything specific regarding the project, producer Grazer seemed confident enough to confide to MTV’s cameras at the Golden Globes that an announcement regarding casting would be coming “within a week”. That’s this week, boys and girls. Is he serious or just trying to get a pesky reporter off his back? Watch the video below and judge for yourself, and I guess we’ll find out within the next 72 hours!

    >>> Source + video of Grazer
  • How are things progressing with The Dark Tower?

    "I'm working on it. We don't know if it's a 'go' but it is picking up a lot of momentum and a lot of creative momentum. I've had fantastic conversations with Stephen King. Akiva Goldsman, who wrote A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man and Da Vinci Code, is on it as a writer and also a producer and brought the project to me. We're already gathering this interesting team of people who love these genres - fantasy and horror. For me it's creatively very exciting. The possibilities are rich."

    >>> Source
  • Via Lilja, Ron Howard discusses his plans with MTV

    "Right now what we're talking about is a movie and six or eight hours of television to bridge. My plan is to do most of those TV hours, if not all, and certainly the movies." And, in case you thought the roles of the main characters would be recast for the TV series, Howard confirmed that the actors from the films will indeed reprise their roles on the small screen.
  • It's official (and confirmed by Ms. Mod): Javier Bardem has been offered the role of Roland.

    EXCLUSIVE: After Javier Bardem's terrifying Oscar-winning turn as the assassin in No Country For Old Men, is there any doubt he'd fit as the gunslinger Roland Deschain in The Dark Tower, the mammoth adaptation of the Stephen King 7-novel series that’ll span three movies and a limited run TV series in between?

    I'm told that Bardem has officially been offered the lead role by director Ron Howard and Universal Pictures. While formal negotiations haven't yet begun, there's a high level of enthusiasm internally that they've got their cowboy. Akiva Goldsman has scripted the first movie, and will write the TV component as well. Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer is producing with Goldsman and the author. Universal is financing and distributing the films, and NBC Universal Television Entertainment is backing the TV component, which will either be a limited run series or a miniseries.

    It has been a heady week for Bardem. He received a Best Actor nomination for his performance as a terminally ill street hustler in the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed Biutiful, and Bardem and Penelope Cruz just welcomed their first son into the world. Since Deadline first revealed that King, Goldsman, Howard and Grazer were joining forces on the ambitious project that would tell the story on multiple platforms, speculation has been rampant over who'd play the lead role. Bardem has been mentioned, as has Viggo Mortensen and Christian Bale. Deschain is the last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers, and humanity’s last hope to save a civilization that will fall unless he finds the Dark Tower. At the time, Howard and Goldsman told me they saw the trilogy as their answer to the Peter Jackson-directed adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Instead of Middle Earth, the venue has an old West feel, which Goldsman described at the time as “an alternate Americana, one part post-apocalyptic, one part Sergio Leone.”

    Bardem just wrapped the untitled next feature by Terrence Malick.

    Howard plans at this point to direct the initial film as well as the TV component that will create a bridge to the second feature. The plan calls for the original actors to headline the TV version as well. The second film will pick up where the first left off. That would be followed by a TV installment that would be a prequel that introduces Deschain as a young man. The third film brings back the original cast once again return and complete the screen trilogy. So if Bardem closes a deal, he’ll likely appear in all three films and that first TV stint. Imagine's Erica Huggins will be executive producer with Kerry Foster of Weed Road. Bardem's repped by WME.

    >>> Source
  • We’ve heard of being coy and being evasive but this is on a bit of a different level. On the red carpet at the Oscars over the weekend MTV asked awesomely-coiffed producer Brian Grazer about Javier Bardem—who was offered the lead in “The Dark Tower” in January—and whether or not he was going to be in the film. “He’s locked in psychologically,” Grazer said. “He really wants to do it, so we’re absolutely rooting for him to do it.”

    So what does this actually mean? Well, it means he’s probably interested but nothing is official, though it certainly seems Grazer wants him badly. “Javier Bardem, that’s what we’re hoping. We’re in the process of trying to put that together,” Grazer said adding, when asked about other potential contenders, “We’re really just focused on Javier right now.”

    The Akiva Goldsman penned and Ron Howard directed project is a big commitment as Stephen King‘s story will be spread out across three films and a television series to pack in the full story. Likely, Bardem is weighing his options as he’s also been circling another major franchise, “James Bond 23,” with Sam Mendes apparently offering him a juicy villain role. Even though Bond is due in 2012 and ‘Dark Tower’ in 2013, we could see the productions overlapping as one ends and the other starts, and that too might cause an issue. So, some big options for Bardem right now and the actor is big on receiving a script first and we’d guess that before he signs anything, he wants something from Goldsman to give a glance at.

    >>> Source
  • Here's the MTV report:

    With the ever-changing, ever-flowing news cycle surrounding the goings on in the film industry these days, it gets tougher and tougher to get concerned parties to actually confirm or break news. Nevertheless, our tireless team of intrepid reporters here at MTV News will not give up in trying to push people for info! Like whenever we happen upon super producer Brian Grazer and pump him for details about "The Dark Tower," for example...

    The last time we checked in with Grazer, the Roland casting process was moving along, but slowly. When I stopped him while on his way into the Vanity Fair Oscar party last Sunday, solely with the purpose of peppering him about the reported casting of Javier Bardem as the ruthless gunslinger, he seemed pleasantly puzzled by the fact that MTV is so interested in the project.

    "'Dark Tower,' Javier Bardem, that's what we're hoping," Grazer said when I asked him for an update. "We're in the process of trying to put that together. Will that make you happy? Will that make MTV happy?"

    Yes, I told him. Very happy! But has he officially signed Bardem onto the project?

    "He's locked in psychologically," Grazer said. "He really wants to do it, so we're absolutely rooting for him to do it."

    When asked to address other potential cast members, Grazer said they're too busy with Bardem.

    "We're really just focused on Javier right now," he said.

    Grazer went on to say that in addition to the challenges involved with locking in a lead actor, they'll have their hands full trying to roll-out the project across multiple platforms including film, TV and video games.

    "It's challenging to capture all of it, the density of it," he said, adding that he's excited to explore all the metaphors involved, and that the first story they're exploring is that of "The Gunslinger."
  • I really like Bardem as an actor.... just not as Roland.
  • I'm cool with Bardem but I do prefer Viggo Mortensen to play Roland.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Javier Bardem is close to sealing his deal with Universal Pictures to play gunslinger Roland Deschain in The Dark Tower, the mammoth adaptation of the Stephen King 7-novel series that’ll span three movies and a limited run TV series in between each film. Director Ron Howard begins production on the first film in September, and he’ll also direct the first TV segment. Akiva Goldsman has scripted the film and the initial TV component. Imagine Entertainment chief Brian Grazer is producing the films with Goldsman and King. Goldsman will produce the TV part through his Weed Road banner.

    Bardem, who won the Oscar for his ferocious portrayal of a hit man in No Country For Old Men and who was more recently nominated for Biutiful, is a strong match to play the last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers. Deadline revealed in late January that Bardem had been offered the role of Deschain, who becomes 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.

    Bardem's WME reps are putting the finishing touches on the deal, and they are close enough that Howard has begun meeting with other actors to cast the roles around Bardem. It's a complex deal, almost unprecedented, because it calls for Bardem to star in the feature film and the TV component. His deal will also include options for two sequels (the TV program that runs between the second and third films will be a prequel). I'm told it will add up to a career-best payday for Bardem. Howard and Goldsman have told me they see the trilogy as their answer to the Peter Jackson-directed adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. While Middle Earth had a mystical medieval feel, The Dark Tower vibe is one that Goldsman described as “an alternate Americana, one part post-apocalyptic, one part Sergio Leone.”

    Bardem, who just wrapped an untitled next feature for Terrence Malick, is also being courted to play a villain opposite Daniel Craig in the next James Bond film that Sam Mendes is prepping. That film is moving forward again, after MGM emerged from bankruptcy. It's expected to land at Sony Pictures for distribution.

    Todd Hallowell, Imagine's Erica Huggins and Weed Road's Kerry Foster will be executive producers of The Dark Tower.

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  • Off to a great casting start if it becomes official.
  • Mark Verheiden To Co-Write, EP NBC's 'Dark Tower' Series With Akiva Goldsman

    TV, film and comic book writer Mark Verheiden has been tapped to co-write with Akiva Goldsman the NBC TV series The Dark Tower. The project is part of a massive joint deal Universal Pictures and NBC Universal TV Entertainment signed back in September to turn Stephen King’s opus of best-selling novels -- which have sold more than 30 million copies -- into into a feature film trilogy and a TV series, both of them creatively steered by the Oscar-winning team behind A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code.

    Verheiden will executive produce the The Dark Tower series along with Goldsman and his Weed Road Pictures for Universal Media Studios. As previously announced, Ron Howard will direct the series, which is envisioned as a bridge between the first and second movie in the trilogy. This marks Verheiden's return to NBC and UMS following his turn as a supervising producer on Heroes. He also was a writer/co-exec producer on the NBCU series Battlestar Galactica, which ran on Syfy. He most recently served as a co-executive producer of TNT's upcoming sci-fi series Falling Skies, from DreamWorks TV. Verheiden, repped by CAA, Untitled and attorney Peter Nelson, is also in business with DreamWorks on the feature side, developing Quatermain for the studio, as well as Ark for Sony Pictures for producers Neal Moritz and Mike Richardson. He has written nearly 125 comic books including The American, Aliens, Predator, The Phantom, Superman and Superman/Batman.

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