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The Dark Tower Might Become One Russell Crowe Movie…Or Several Movies And TV Episodes
Bleedingcool.com ^ | May 16, 2013 | Brendon Connelly

Posted on 05/16/2013 5:34:17 PM PDT by OddLane

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer‘s original plan for adapting Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower series was to do it as a series of movies bridged by a few seasons of TV. It always struck me as ambitious to the point of arrogance, while also rich in potential and, actually, quite exciting. But I wasn’t surprised when both Universal and Warner Bros. turned them down.

Since then, they managed to lock a deal with MRC to produce a single film, with the possibility of more if it turns out to be a hit. That’s the way these things usually go, of course. In that deal, Russell Crowe has been attached to star as The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain.

But according to Grazer, speaking to Deadline, there is another option. A new plan that’s much the same as the original plan.

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KEYWORDS: hollywood; rolanddeschain; russellcrowe; stephenking; thedarktower
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1 posted on 05/16/2013 5:34:17 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: OddLane

The Dark Tower series is probably Steven King’s richest and deepest work. I hope Hollywood doesn’t mess it up too badly.


2 posted on 05/16/2013 5:36:59 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: Lurking Libertarian
I don't think it's possible.

Even if Stephen King were intimately involved in the film-and hired that hack Mick Garris to direct it-it wouldn't diminish my connection to this series.

3 posted on 05/16/2013 5:40:02 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: Lurking Libertarian

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4 posted on 05/16/2013 5:40:07 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: OddLane

Russell Crowe?

There goes my whole image of it. I always envisioned more of a Clint Eastwood type of character but Eastwood is a bit old for it. Timothy Oliphant would be good.


5 posted on 05/16/2013 5:46:39 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
That's one option I haven't heard too much, but I guess it does make sense.

He didn't do too badly in Deadwood.

My preference would be to skip the big names and find a competent actor who has a grasp of what the role calls for.

6 posted on 05/16/2013 5:48:09 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: OddLane

I read the first three books many years ago, but was The Stand sorry of connected to the story on some fashion? The Stand is one of my all time favorites. I think I have read it at least the times.


7 posted on 05/16/2013 5:54:28 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: OddLane

Hollywood is going to ruin my favorite work by Steven King! UGH!

I just can’t see Russell Crowe as this character!


8 posted on 05/16/2013 5:54:36 PM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: OddLane

Viggo Mortensen is another I would consider.


9 posted on 05/16/2013 5:55:09 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Sawdring
Yes, it is.

Randall Flagg is integral to the plot of The Dark Tower

He flits in and out of the series.

10 posted on 05/16/2013 5:56:21 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: cripplecreek

A bit old? Eastwood should be worried about breakinga hip, not slinging a gun at this point.


11 posted on 05/16/2013 5:56:33 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: ExTxMarine

I wonder who would play Eddie Dean and Detta Walker.


12 posted on 05/16/2013 5:56:46 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: OddLane
Stephen King big time Gun Control advocate. One of his biggest books (and his only multibook series) is called...

wait for it...

wait for it...

The Gunslinger.

Hypocrisy Much Steveo?

13 posted on 05/16/2013 5:57:13 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: RandallFlagg

Any opinions on this?


14 posted on 05/16/2013 5:57:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Jason Isaacs would be about perfect for Roland.


15 posted on 05/16/2013 5:57:44 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: OddLane

I suppose I should proof read my auto correct on my tablet before I post. Oops!


16 posted on 05/16/2013 5:58:32 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: cripplecreek

Love, love, love Russell Crowe...


17 posted on 05/16/2013 5:59:31 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: cripplecreek

He would make a good Tick Tock Man.


18 posted on 05/16/2013 6:01:37 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: Sawdring

Roland is a couple of eons old, so Clint might be perfect for the role.


19 posted on 05/16/2013 6:03:10 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: latina4dubya
I don't have any problem with Crowe, I just don't envision Roland that way. Viggo plays a fine cowboy and can also do that odd royalty of Roland's Barrony.

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20 posted on 05/16/2013 6:04:08 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
I've always thought Lisa Nicole Carson would be the perfect Odetta/Susannah, assuming she's still alive/not institutionalized somewhere.
21 posted on 05/16/2013 6:06:14 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: cripplecreek
It would be interesting to see how they'd cast Wizard & Glass, assuming it ever gets that far-which I doubt it will.

There are so many amazing characters and scenes in that novel.

I'd love to see how Rhea of the Coos is portrayed.

22 posted on 05/16/2013 6:09:42 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: cripplecreek
Any opinions on this?

Yeah.
They're gonna ruin it.
23 posted on 05/16/2013 6:14:07 PM PDT by RandallFlagg
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To: OddLane

To effectively make the movie they would have to include Wizard and Glass. Then you have to cast Roland as a teenager along with Arthur, Cuthbert, and Susan. (Not to mention the big coffin hunters)

Personally I think it should only be made as a series of movies.


24 posted on 05/16/2013 6:19:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: RandallFlagg

That’s the likely scenario. I think I might possibly cast Tony Curran as Flagg.


25 posted on 05/16/2013 6:21:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
"Viggo plays a fine cowboy and can also do that odd royalty of Roland's Barrony."

I still think Jason Isaacs is a better actor...and IMHO, is closer to the physical Roland that King paints. He can be both baronial and ruthless...

... and does the stubble thing pretty well.


26 posted on 05/16/2013 6:22:41 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack; latina4dubya; cripplecreek

You shouldn’t have any problem with Crowe as a cowboy if you’ve seen 3:10 to Yuma.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVyTEGGp3Z0

or ‘The Quick and The Dead’.


27 posted on 05/16/2013 6:46:23 PM PDT by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Mitt Romney got in 2012)
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To: bramps

But Roland isn’t really a cowboy in a traditional sense.

Kind of a mixture of cowboy and knight.


28 posted on 05/16/2013 6:49:26 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: bramps; cripplecreek

I think either Crowe or Mortensen would do OK with the part; I just think Isaacs would be better. By King’s own acknowledgement, the character and original storyline were born when he was watching Eastwood spaghetti westerns so it’s hard to argue against Clint as the archetype. However, in the subsequent books he gets increasingly descriptive in the physical details of Roland to include thick black hair (which later takes on some gray) and his, “bombardier blue eyes.” Roland was also high born and grew up in something of a courtly environ, although being turned over to Cort Andrus for rigorous training as a child, then grew to learn the ways of the road and a more knight-errant type existence, so he has a rough hewn exterior with a nobility at his core that is the result of nature and nurture...


29 posted on 05/16/2013 6:56:01 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Roland is also far from heroic in his ruthless willingness to kill and let those closest to him die in his lust for the tower. After all he allowed Jake to die. “Go then, there are other worlds than these.”

After all, the very first book started with him walking away from the desert town were he killed every living thing.

Probably one of the more complex characters I’ve read about.


30 posted on 05/16/2013 7:01:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

I’m a big Russell Crowe fan. Go for it, Russ.


31 posted on 05/16/2013 7:08:52 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: bramps
3:10 to Yuma is one of the best contemporary Westerns I've ever watched.

Right below The Proposition.

32 posted on 05/16/2013 7:18:31 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: Lurking Libertarian

I’ve read just about everything King ever wrote, at least twice. But I’ve never gotten around to the Gunslinger series, though I’ve meant to for a long time. I really need to do it.


33 posted on 05/16/2013 7:19:06 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: cripplecreek
I've had this argument with other Tower junkies, but I still maintain that Roland is the archetypal antihero.

Letting Jake die the first time, or depopulating Tull, isn't even the worst of it.

34 posted on 05/16/2013 7:20:01 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: OddLane

I don’t think the reader is supposed to love Roland. The reader is supposed to get hooked on the tower and want to follow the path of the beam.


35 posted on 05/16/2013 7:40:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: CatherineofAragon

The Dark Tower series is truly his best work although I must admit that I really enjoyed “Insomnia” despite treating pro lifers as villains. (Only one really was and he was a victim of Atropos)


36 posted on 05/16/2013 7:46:07 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: CatherineofAragon
If you're going to read it, my recommendation would be to start with Book II: The Drawing of the Three.
37 posted on 05/16/2013 7:48:18 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: CatherineofAragon
I’ve never gotten around to the Gunslinger series, though I’ve meant to for a long time. I really need to do it.

I highly recommend it, but I warn you that the first volume, though not without its own weird charms, is the weakest. It gets much better with "The Drawing of the Three" and keeps getting progressively better (and weirder) as it goes on.

38 posted on 05/16/2013 8:45:22 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: OddLane
If you're going to read it, my recommendation would be to start with Book II: The Drawing of the Three.

I posted my comment before I read yours, but we agree on that. I like vol. 1 (I first read it as a series of separate novelettes published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in 1979-80 or thereabouts), but it becomes a very different work once the other characters come in (and Roland's world impinges on ours). Then it takes another leap a few volumes later when Steven King becomes a character in his own work...

39 posted on 05/16/2013 8:51:32 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: Lurking Libertarian
I took a bit longer to get around to it, but I did start reading it long enough ago to read the original version of The Gunslinger.

Personally, I think it's an improvement upon the original. However, I still think that it doesn't really lift off until the second book.

I just got a friend of mine to start reading the series-with The Drawing of the Three-and she's hooked.

40 posted on 05/16/2013 8:55:53 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: CatherineofAragon

I quit reading King when I stried to read Gerald’s Game. I couldn’t sir thought that one.


41 posted on 05/17/2013 3:58:52 AM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Sawdring

I think I read that one, but I can’t remember what it was about....says a lot, LOL.


42 posted on 05/17/2013 7:39:18 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: Lurking Libertarian; OddLane

Point taken-—thanks.


43 posted on 05/17/2013 7:41:02 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: cripplecreek

I thought Insomnia was great, too. King’s best works are the ones you fall into and forget where you are while you’re reading them, and Insomnia was one of those for me. But, man, he can be heavy-handed with the political messages.

Next month, CBS is doing a 13-part series based on Under the Dome, one of King’s more recent novels. I enjoyed the book, and I want to see what the show will be like, but I hope the politics will be left out. In the book, the main villain can’t stand Obama.


44 posted on 05/17/2013 7:48:19 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: Sawdring
I read the first three books many years ago, but was The Stand sorry of connected to the story on some fashion?

Yes, "The Stand", and "The Dark Tower" series were connected, loosely, in the character of "the walking man". He was apparently, a universal 'bad guy' in the Steven King multiverse...

45 posted on 05/17/2013 8:45:35 AM PDT by infowarrior
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To: CatherineofAragon

There was a key reference to Roland and the Dark Tower in “Insomnia”.

The boy who was supposed to live was drawing a picture of a king and a tower. The mother asked who it was and the kid said “It’s king Roland”.


46 posted on 05/17/2013 9:38:37 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: infowarrior

The book “Insomnia” is also tied in but you only get a one sentence reference to “King Roland”.


47 posted on 05/17/2013 9:39:52 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: OddLane

Russel Crowe as Roland? Maybe a few years ago but he’s WAAAAY too fat to be Roland now.


48 posted on 05/17/2013 9:42:13 AM PDT by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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To: discostu
And too emotional.
49 posted on 05/17/2013 9:44:34 AM PDT by OddLane
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To: cripplecreek
Don't forget the villain of that book.


50 posted on 05/17/2013 9:48:33 AM PDT by OddLane
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