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The Dark Tower Movies Still Happening, Plus Actor Rumors!


It would not be exaggeration to say that the films (and possibly TV shows) based on Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower series have been on an extreme, ridiculous, and frankly exhausting rollercoaster ride for years now.  Fans of the sprawling epic have waited with baited breath as rumor after rumor hit the internet.  The story, after all, was told in seven mostly very lengthy novels over the course of King’s entire career and also involved a great deal of his other books.  To full encapsulate the story on film or on TV will be an extremely intense project that could honestly take decades.  Especially if things continue to move the way they have for the past few years.

First Javier Bardem was attached to play Roland, the Gunslinger and lead character. Then there were budget concerns so the movie was not going to happen. Then it might happen. They even slashed the budget to make sure it could happen. They found a possible home for the planned TV portion of the story at HBO. Then Ron Howard was taking a sort of strange and slow approach to making the movie. Oh, and then they were apparently eyeing Russell Crowe as a replacement for Bardem (which: oh, please no). Then Warner Bros. passed on the project, putting it in jeopardy once again. But it is still happening! All caught up? Ready for the newest morsel of news?

Apparently Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame is talking with Howard about playing smooth-talking, occasional pain-in-the-ass and occasional badass Eddie Dean:

I’ve had a ton of meetings on that. I just had a general sit down with Ron Howard, who is a huge fan of the show (Breaking Bad), which is such a crazy thing to even think that Ron Howard even knows who I am. They’re definitely planning on making it… I’m excited. Their goal is to do three films, but also have a television element to it, which will be very interesting. From what I hear, Eddie Dean is a pretty epic, iconic character.

The fangirl in me reads that and screams “FROM WHAT YOU HEAR?!” but apparently Aaron Paul just doesn’t have time to read thousands upon thousands of pages of Stephen King novels like I do.  Pfft.  Anyway, while clearly Paul would have the acting chops to pull off the various nuances of Eddie’s character, I’d always pictured Eddie as someone a little more classically attractive. The definite good news part of all this is that after months of silence on the project, we do know it’s still being worked on.

(via Blastr)

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  • Anonymous

    SO happy to hear someone else thinks that Russell Crowe would make a TERRIBLE Roland. Like, boycott the movie terrible.

    My boyfriend also agreed about Aaron Paul when we read the news yesterday: has the acting chops to pull off Eddie… maybe not exactly how we pictured him to look, though. Maybe is he grows his hair out a bit..?

  • Nicole Elizabeth Currie

    I still feel skeptical that they can pull this off, but with that casting, I feel a bit of excitement.
    Don’t let me down Ron Howard- this is one of my favourite series!

  • Anonymous

    you didnt write even one thing up there that i am not entirely in love with.

  • Yvette Scholtz

    “The fangirl in me reads that and screams “FROM WHAT YOU HEAR?!” but
    apparently Aaron Paul just doesn’t have time to read thousands upon
    thousands of pages of Stephen King novels like I do.” This was my exact reaction!

    Aaron Paul wouldn’t be my first choice to play Eddie, but I think he could pull it off…
    I’m already having nightmares about Russel Crowe as Roland

  • Skol Troll

    Question: Could you see Paul calling Roland “old long, tall and ugly?” I could.

    But the casting for Roland is what this is all about, isn’t it? They can’t screw it up. It’s not allowed.

  • Anonymous

    Oh no! that means the Mist might actually happen!

  • Dimitrius

    I think Paul was joking with the “from what I hear”. He tweeted about a year, year and a half ago exhorting his followers to read the series and called playing Eddie “a huge dream”

  • kinoumenthe

    Pfft indeed… :D
    I’m already not sure you can recommend The dark Tower to someone who has read no Stephen King, so I’m really not convinced a good film or tv adaptation can be made.
    I’ll probably still watch it though.
    Still.
    Pfft.
    Plus, I’ll believe it exists when I see it.
    And let’s say they do manage to make it, can you imagine the outrage of everybody new to it when they get to the end ?
    I’m preparing popcorn in advance.

  • TheChief

    I have never watched Breaking Bad, but from what I hear, he had done a good job on the show.

    A few years ago, Dominic Monaghan was who I thought about playing Eddie.

    I would be interested in who they have in mind to play Susannah Dean. With the various personalities, whoever plays her will have their work cut out for them.

  • heather_kaye

    I, too, thought of someone more conventional-looking for Eddie, but Acting matters with him, so thumbs-up for Aaron Paul. Now, let’s lock down Danai Gurira for Susannah and make ourselves some movies!

  • Lissibith

    I guess it’ll depend on what exactly is movies vs. TV. Not to mention that they could probably put all of Song of Susannah into less than 20 min if need be.

  • Anonymous

    Currently at work, so I’ll have to contain my fangirling to text. Ahem: OMFG!!!!! Please, please let this happen!! Agree with imaging Eddie as someone who looked different, but as for acting HOLY SHIT DID THEY NAIL IT!!!

  • Todrick

    but the ending could be brilliant as a movie…

    Susannah happy, with the Toren brothers, Eddie & Jake… in the park.

    Roll Credits.

    After Credits:

    Roland assends the Tower

  • Todrick

    the first book could also be 1 hour of the first movie… with the first half of drawing of the three taking up the rest.

  • kinoumenthe

    Don’t get me wrong, I love the ending.
    I did get the feeling I was in the minority, when I browsed for comments at the time, and since.

  • Noah Salakk

    That’d be Roland Deschain of GILEAD. Sorry to be a NAZI… Other than that, I TOTALLY AGREE with you..

  • Noah Salakk

    I hope to GOD (or “Gan”) that they don’t RUIN the HELL out of this movie by making it PG… Making it OK for TV viewing has ruined a good amount of Kings Books..

  • WhatZeezeesaw

    This had BETTER happen. My son’s name… is Roland. That’s how much I loved these books.

  • Wes

    Aaron Paul would be perfect as Eddie, and I totally agree with the guy who said Viggo for Roland. I’ve always pictured Halle Berry as Susannah (right age, looks, but I’ll admit I haven’t heard of some of the others suggested in the comments).

  • Robertson Blues

    Never thought of Anson Mount in this role until you suggested it, but, yes, he would be an excellent choice for Roland.

  • Quin

    I totally agree. I’ve been saying that since Hell on Wheels came out!

  • Anonymous

    I think Josh Brolin would make an awesome Roland, For Eddie I picture someone like Taylor Kitsch, or even Chris Hemsworth, and Odetta / Detta / Susannah being played by Thandie Newton or Gabrielle Union, and Jake would be hard to do because of his age.

  • Anonymous

    I think Josh Brolin would make an awesome Roland, For Eddie I picture someone like Taylor Kitsch, or even Liam Hemsworth, and Odetta / Detta / Susannah being played by Thandie Newton or Gabrielle Union, and Jake would be hard to do because of his age.