After Universal decided against making The Dark Tower, an adaptation of Stephen King’s epic book series with Ron Howard directing, Howard and the producers tried to lower the budget by reworking the script.
In March we heard that Warner Bros. was close to taking on the project, which was intended as a trilogy of films with a TV miniseries in-between each film. Now according to Deadline the studio is getting a new script from Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind), and is expected to make a decision on whether to move forward soon.
The Dark Tower follows a gunslinger called Roland Deschain who 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. Javier Bardem has long been attached to play the lead, but apparently the actor is no longer involved and Ron Howard and producers Brian Grazer and Goldsman have been talking with Russell Crowe about potentially taking on the lead.
Nothing has been signed, but it’ll be something Warner Bros. takes into consideration before making a decision. Crowe is currently shooting Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, and will be seen next year as Jor-El in Man of Steel.
Do readers of The Dark Tower think Crowe is a good choice for Roland Deschain?