The adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower has been on a roller coaster ride as director Ron Howard and scribe Akiva Goldsman are struggling to get the film greenlighted. As you may remember, the project stalled last summer as Universal balked at the risk of financing a costly undertaking that would have spanned a movie trilogy as well as a TV series. Not all was lost though as Howard and Goldsman took their pitch to Warner Brothers which is now coming upon an imminent decision on whether to turn the lights back on.
First of all, Deadline reports that Russell Crowe is in discussion to take on the role of protagonist Roland Deschain, now that Javier Bardem has dropped out of the picture. We also have word that WB has to make a decision within the next two weeks as Goldsman recently turned in a new draft of The Dark Tower script. No doubt, Crowe is a more appealing option than Bardem box office-wise and the leading man change will factor in the studio’s decision.
What’s apparent is that Warner Bros. has banked a lot of money over the past few years with the worldwide success of Harry Potter and Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. But these franchise have come to their conclusion and there is no doubt that the studio is actively searching for their next big breadwinner. Is The Dark Tower a good option for a franchise?
The sprawling adventures of Roland Deschain spawn seven novels so there is more than enough substance for a big movie franchise. Moreover, the distopian setting and the blend of sci-fi, fantasy and western certainly will intrigue the masses and rile up the built-in fanbase of the novels. But what do YOU think? Should Russell Crowe play Deschain? Are you a fan of The Dark Tower?