Skip to comments.The Dark Tower Might Become One Russell Crowe Movie…Or Several Movies And TV Episodes
Posted on 05/16/2013 5:34:17 PM PDT by OddLane
Ron Howard and Brian Grazers original plan for adapting Stephen Kings 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 wasnt 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. Thats 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 thats much the same as the original plan.
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The Dark Tower series is probably Steven King’s richest and deepest work. I hope Hollywood doesn’t mess it up too badly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hollywood is going to ruin my favorite work by Steven King! UGH!
I just can’t see Russell Crowe as this character!
Viggo Mortensen is another I would consider.
Randall Flagg is integral to the plot of The Dark Tower
He flits in and out of the series.
A bit old? Eastwood should be worried about breakinga hip, not slinging a gun at this point.
I wonder who would play Eddie Dean and Detta Walker.
wait for it...
wait for it...
Hypocrisy Much Steveo?
Any opinions on this?
Jason Isaacs would be about perfect for Roland.
I suppose I should proof read my auto correct on my tablet before I post. Oops!
Love, love, love Russell Crowe...
He would make a good Tick Tock Man.
Roland is a couple of eons old, so Clint might be perfect for the role.
There are so many amazing characters and scenes in that novel.
I'd love to see how Rhea of the Coos is portrayed.
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.
That’s the likely scenario. I think I might possibly cast Tony Curran as Flagg.
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.
You shouldn’t have any problem with Crowe as a cowboy if you’ve seen 3:10 to Yuma.
or ‘The Quick and The Dead’.
But Roland isn’t really a cowboy in a traditional sense.
Kind of a mixture of cowboy and knight.
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...
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.
I’m a big Russell Crowe fan. Go for it, Russ.
Right below The Proposition.
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.
Letting Jake die the first time, or depopulating Tull, isn't even the worst of it.
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.
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)
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.
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...
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.
I quit reading King when I stried to read Gerald’s Game. I couldn’t sir thought that one.
I think I read that one, but I can’t remember what it was about....says a lot, LOL.
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.
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...
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”.
The book “Insomnia” is also tied in but you only get a one sentence reference to “King Roland”.
Russel Crowe as Roland? Maybe a few years ago but he’s WAAAAY too fat to be Roland now.