The Dark Tower‘s journey to the screen is going to make one helluva coffee table book. We can’t recount its entire history here, but it’s long. Instead, let’s focus on where the Stephen King adaptation is at right now.
The last we heard, Javier Bardem was attached to play Roland. Producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer were overseeing Akiva Goldsman’s work on the script. And it was going to be epic. An ambitious adaptation that sprawled across three films.
There have been some changes on the leading man front, however…
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. Pictures is about to get a script from Goldsman soon and it will evaluate how it wants to move forward.
Furthermore, Javier Bardem is out and the adaptation is now being pitched as a vehicle for Russell Crowe to play Roland Deschain. That doesn’t mean Crowe is a “lock” – it’s just a possibility for now. We’ll hear soon enough whether the studio will fly with the project or not.
What would you think of Crowe as Roland?