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Still more THE DARK TOWER updates, including news on shooting schedule, Game component, and release date!!!

Published at: Jan. 27, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST by Capone

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here, with yet another update to yesterday's update on THE DARK TOWER.

A source with verifiable inside info on THE DARK TOWER project sent me these handy tidbits:

Hey, Capone. There are genuine plans for a May 13th, 2013, release theatrical, with T.V. hours to follow. [However,] there is no green light in place yet, as the scripts are not done, which means the budgets are not done, but Universal is giving very strong support. There's also a very ambitious Game component being planned that will further utilize elements from the books. [If everything continues on schedule and the budget is approved], it looks like things are coming together for a late-summer or early-September start. Call me Eddie Dean.

Thanks, Eddie. Let me just wrap my brain around the fact that I'm on the brink of living in a world where feature film versions of THE HOBBIT and THE DARK TOWER will be shooting at the same time. *CRRRAAAACKKKK!!!*  And, that was the sound of my brain splitting in two.

 

I also really love the idea that possible THE DARK TOWER game(s) would factor in more of this fully-loaded mythology and story. My hope for this project is growing like a rose in a vacant lot. What does everyone think?

-- Capone
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  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Capone

    by MacReady452

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:07 a.m. CST

    by MacReady452

    dont you FIRST your own thread like Harry?

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    HEY STEPHEN KING! HEY RON HOWARD!

    by son_of_ebert

    Mother Abagail has a right little palaver with the gang when she goes walkabout.. this is how Roland learns how to obtain the horn.. In this I speak for Gan.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Movies. TV Shows. A Game.

    by ChickenStu

    Anyone reminded here a little bit of "Matrix Reloaded"?

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:13 a.m. CST

    This is awesome. Will be easy to fuck up so fingers crossed

    by unicorndick

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:16 a.m. CST

    "Dark Tower" the video game? I'm down with that!

    by brocknroll

    Hopefull the video game will be released for all consoles, Xbox, PS3, and Nintendo Wii. I'm a PS3 guy myself so I prefer that.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    The Dark Tower

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Universal Pictures says The Dark Tower has 'a lot of teenage angst. The Twilight girls will like it.'

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Sure hope it's a "sequel" to the book

    by rev_skarekroe

    That way they can change whatever they want and nobody can complain. Maybe clean up the events of the rushed, super not-so-great last three books. Of course, that's a perfectly logical and sensible solution that lots of fans want, so they'll probably not do it.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Like I said before - here's how to do it:

    by ChickenStu

    Five movies. Drop the book subtitles. The Dark Tower - Part 1 Based on "The Gunslinger" and "The Drawing Of The Three" with flashback sequences from "Wizard And Glass The Dark Tower - Part 2 Based on "The Waste Land" with flashback sequences from "Wizard And Glass" The Dark Tower - Part 3 Based on "Wolves Of The Calla" with flashback sequences from "Wizard And Glass" (get rid of the Star Wars and Harry Potter references) The Dark Tower - Part 4 Based on "Song Of Suzannah" with flashback sequences from "Wizard And Glass"(get rid of the meeting Stephen King sections) The Dark Tower - Part 5 Based on "The Dark Tower" with flashback sequences from "Wizard And Glass"(get rid of the meeting Stephen King sections) And there you have your Dark Tower movie series folks.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Hmm... *SPOILERS*

    by Jarek

    Why does everyone hate that King wrote himself into the mythology? Sure, the early books are great, but when they introduced the idea of him being like a god-figure in his own world, everything just took on a more fascinating bent. The idea that every story and thought lives on through multiple universes, and new universes are created all the time from mere artistic creation, is a really cool idea.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Great. Shovelware based on a summer blockbuster

    by gruntybear

    Yeah, you can tell right the fuck now, that that "game" will be a skipper. Stinkaroonie.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    I Would Say This Breathless Rumor-Mongering Had Dulled my Interest..

    by Aquatarkusman

    .. but that assumes I had any interest in the work product of a milquetoast non-visionary like Opie, translating the logorrhea of somebody who traded his storytelling skills for a vial of magic cocaine in 1985.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Currently reading

    by hitchhiker42

    After years of getting told to read these books, I've been chugging through them (1/6 the way through WIZARD AND GLASS currently) and I dunno how I feel about Bardem as Roland. I expected someone more thin, wiry. Who knows. As for a game component, they REALLY need a tabletop role-playing game of the DARK TOWER world. That would kick ass. Remember the face of your father Ron Howard and shoot with your mind.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Needs to be on HBO

    by Judge Briggs

    sigh...

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST

    hitchhiker42, STOP after...

    by elvisaintdead

    ...W&G. The next 3 books suck progressively harder, until you get to the climax of the 7 books that was so bad, even Uncle Stevie himself apologized for his own lame writing.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Hitchhiker42, ignore elvisaintdead

    by redteeb

    and just leave out W&G if you can(or just read the beginning and end). It's shite. Then continue with the magnificence that is the really only 6 part Dark Tower series.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    hitchhiker42, STOP after...

    by elvisaintdead

    And I say this as a fan of SK's work. I've read 1-4 three or four times each. 5-7 just once. By 6 and 7 he's just throwing shit on the page. He painted himself into a corner w/ the awesomeness of 1-4 and just rushes and craps his way out. I guess if you've come this far, you should follow the beam to the end, but don't say you weren't warned about your disappointment.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Jarek -

    by redteeb

    Most people hate it because most people are morons. Don't worry, it's gonna be OK(You, I mean, not these films. They're gonna suck).

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Can't imagine J. Bardem saying "Say, thankya" convincingly

    by HopkinsBalls

    I wonder if they'll use old speak at all.. This adaptation has too many unknowns for it to really materialize in my tiny brain.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Call me a Debbie Downer...

    by Marshal_Lannes

    ...but I still don't see these books being a hit on the screen....Hell, they're deeply divisive among King fans as it is.... I'm a fan of the books to be sure, but I just don't see them being widely successful.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    hitchhiker42, don't listen to the haters...

    by 11ZOMBIES

    The entire series is amazing. Especially if you're a King fan.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:04 a.m. CST

    I like the parts with (spoilers)

    by Keats

    Stephen King. They are probably my favorite parts of the last books. He is an interesting person, and I like reading about what is going on in his head. His inclusion also adds another dimension to the story (although I didn’t like the idea of the “keystone world”, that our particular universe is somehow special among the infinite universes that exist). Also, his characterization of the driver that hit him is hilarious. The whole series is good, I think. Certainly not elegant, and sort of awkwardly pieced together with a lot of semi-random stuff thrown in. But even the random stuff is still interesting. The movies will suck.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST

    To all the geeks...

    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    Your comments are all the same: "Show needs to be on HBO so's there can be all the boobies, blood, and lot's o' bad language" "Clint Eastwood should be in this!" "Must be a full 7 movies! Each movie to be an epic 3 1/2 hours long!" "Roland should be either Viggo, or no one else!" But the fact is, the studio isn't just going to throw money at something unless it's guaranteed to make a mint back. And lately, geek properties aren't exactly breaking the bank every time. For every surprise success of something like 300, there is a Watchmen. It's been nearly 10 years since the Fellowship first offered studio's a glimpse of what an authentic, adult, fantasy genre piece could look like. And as usual, the studios tried to boil down that success into some sort of formula... "Ooohhhh, we need to make trilogies, guys! And they need to be EPIC, and long, and involve prophecies and "chosen ones" and big, crazy mythologies. And we need to tell all the nerds that we are ardent fans of their weird graphic novels and comic book fantasies, and we should include a butt load of licensed products like video games and prequel comic properties, which will suck and be cheap thrown together garbage, but who cares, we will wring every last dime out of this endeavor!"

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Sergio Leone

    by DrCavor

    He's the only one who could've adapted 'The Dark Tower'. Want proof? Looky here: http://tinyurl.com/6henped

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    According to deadline...

    by toe_knee

    ...Bardem has been offered the role.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:22 a.m. CST

    You make my point drcavor

    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    You have a version in your mind, regarding how the DT should look, and it can only be done one way, which is impossible.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Oh and Video Game Tie Ins?

    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    Seriously, has there ever been a good one? Even if the game starts out good, its usually incredibly short, and/or easy to complete because they weren't trying to make an amazing game, they were trying to make some dough. No offense to EA dudes who make these games, cause they might be fun diversions, but the reality is that these games are never, ever, groundbreaking (which they always promise) they never complete the story, or change the way we see the films (which they always claim) and they certainly aren't worth the cash you gotta drop to get em.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    mel gibsteinberg

    by DrCavor

    Indeed, I do have a version in my mind. This is how I imagine the world of 'The Dark Tower'. However I'm quite open to this adaptation. I'm going to see it and then decide whether or not I like it. If I don't, well that's too bad for me. As long as there others who do appreciate it.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:37 a.m. CST

    mel gibsteinberg

    by quicksilver80

    Escape from Butcher Bay was awesome (Riddick)...but that's the exception to the rule I guess...

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Okay, fair enough drcavor

    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    That's a far more honest response than most. And to be fair, of course you would see Sergio Leone in your mind's eye, cause SK has said that's pretty much what he saw when he wrote them. What I was sort of railing on, was the comments that come up on these topics that seem to promote a concept that is completely separate from reality.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Can't WAIT for the HAPPY MEAL!!!!!

    by bagwanbob

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:44 a.m. CST

    BUT WHAT ABOUT A WHITE SUSANNAH?!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    If those honky mahfahs don't cast a black actress, I'm fucking boycotting this.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Great... H-wood tackles another ENORMOUS series

    by AT

    Please. If you don't have someone as maniacal about the original work as P.Jackson was about LOTR- and I have issues with HIS lovingly produced adaptation, although I can appreciate his courage- WHY would they tackle something as enormous as DARK TOWER? Especially since, problem #1- casting Roland- is going to be a real bitch. Good luck with that.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    This can only be good IF

    by ColonelFatheart

    Little Ronny Howard lightens the fuck up, throws himself into the material and has a blast with it.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Tooter fish popkins for ALL!

    by ColonelFatheart

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11 a.m. CST

    Mel

    by Judge Briggs

    Yeah, I want it on HBO because they can be hard R-rated shows and the material can be faithfully adapted. I don't think that is unreasonable.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    My perfect Roland

    by EpilepticLurcher

    The actor most like the version of Roland that I had in my head as I read the books is the guy who plays Hotch in Criminal Minds not some hollywood pretty boy or someone as heavy built as Bardem.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Judge...

    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    I hear what you are saying, but here is the point, can these stories only be done as "hard R?" If you want to fully explore the demon rape, and showcase the brutal violence, then yes. But consider what AMC has been able to get away with on Walking Dead. Either way, the fact is that every element of the books will not translate to the screen. That's why they are books. Anytime you adapt to the screen, you are creating something wholly new, it will never be a literal shot for shot remake of everything on the page. I think that is the point that will be hard for many fans of the DT series to get past. Jackson took massive liberties with LOTR when you think about it, but what he got right he got really right. So if Howard and company can get the look, the feel, and the bizarre horror of the DT world, then I hope that fans won't be screaming bloody murder, simply cause they didn't get a full on "crotch shot" of the old hag sticking her filthy fingers up some underage girls naughty place.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST

    LOTR Games

    by Failure101

    I thought the LOTR games were pretty great. The Two Towers being the best. They captured the feeling of the movie (no I never read the books, I tried to read ROTK, but my attention span couldn't handle it.) and it was great to play all the different sections as different characters. Plus the added portions of the game where you fought wave after wave of orc's, oruk-hi (sic) and cave trolls was also a good time. But once again, LOTR is the exception and not the rule.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:15 a.m. CST

    charyoutree! charyoutree! charyoutree! Start With The Horn Opie

    by CharyouTree

    You can then change what you want. It's now Rolands last time around. And what's the story with the game's?

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    GUY PEARCE

    by Rob

    WTF. Not even considered? Also, NO META!!

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Jennifer Carpenter as Suzannah

    by RentonRiggs

    I just read an article claiming that Jennifer Carpenter was on the short list of people they were interested for Susannah Dean? So i guess "honkey mahfah" will be replaced by "fuckin' fuck, Dex!" Weird casting choice. But hey, if anyone can pull off a pissed off Southern Black Woman with no legs, it's Debra Morgan... Whaaa?

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    As a constant reader...

    by DVaderRIP

    ...I have to say, I am not hopeful about this. Also, I *presume* that King will be in the films, as himself. How else would you do it? I concur that making Wizard and Glass the TV miniseries seems like the obvious choice, which is a pity, because W&G is probably the strongest book. Viggo would have been my first choice, but I have to say I'm comfortable with Javier Bardem. As long as it's not Christian Bale - that would have been a disaster.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    I don't doubt Roland will have the horn.

    by blackwood

    It would be so terrifically meta. I also wouldn't put it past this project to inject some wall-breaking scenes of Ron Howard directing the cast. The story practically demands it. Not because King dropped the ball on the later installments; I don't think he did. The story didn't finish, it stopped at the start of another -- perhaps final -- cycle. It just makes sense to me that this project would be a continuation, not an adaptation.

  • I'm re-reading the first 4 (the only goods ones) of Dark Tower now...and goddman I hoipe they pull this off.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    What about The Little Sisters Of Eluria?

    by DirkD13"

    That was a badass Dark Tower short story (was it in Everything's Eventual?), would make a great episode for one of the tv series. It could be so genuinely creepy and atmospheric. Also has a seriously fuckable vampire nun in it, which is always welcome.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    King is doing another DT book, right?

    by blackwood

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Wind in the Keyhole, something like that?

    by blackwood

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    How do you structure...

    by Sorbo1980

    ...the first three books into two movies? I imagine, they'll cut most of the first book (but please keep the Tull scenes) and combine the first two books into one movie ("The Gunslinger" and "The Drawing of the Three"), with the second movie being essentially "The Wastelands." Although, they could just cut out the Wastelands altogether, since most of that book is reuniting Jake with the group (although some key stuff like the Rose and Key are in it). So curious how combining three into two will be done. Also, that third book ends on such a cliffhanger though, with the group on a train solving puzzles. Howard won't be able to end a movie like that, he'll have to end with Roland and the Ka-tet talking about Roland's past.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Blackwood, yes

    by schadenfreudian

    Wind Through the Keyhole. Apparently, it takes place between Wizard and Glass and Wolves of Calla.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Chilling scenes...

    by Michael

    The first in a Looooonnnnngg line of things they had better not fuck up. Jake falling inside the moutain in The Gunslinger. Jake "Go then, Gunlinger, for there are many more worlds than this" I remember the chills when I read that line in the context of the book. wow. Please, Please, Please, don't fuck this up.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    The Waste Lands

    by Michael

    Jesus Christ, I can't wait to see Lud. It will never be able to live up to my imagination of it, but I can't wait to see it just the same. And Blain. Blain in the station of Lud and then hurtling over the waste lands. This thing could be so fucking epic. The doors on the beach, the drawing of the 3. The gunfight at the mobsters club where, after Roland guns down a guy, the one mobster looks at the other and says with fear in his voice "No way he's that fast....no way". Fucking epic.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Sorbo1980

    by Michael

    I would imagine they will cut down The gunslinger a great deal. That whole book, including the Tull scenes, could be the first act of a feature film. Of all the books, that was the one where the least happens for the longest time. Most of it is through the fucking desert.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Stupid hands

    by Michael

    Can't fucking type.. That was supposed to be "Most of it is just Roland walking through the fucking desert."

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Chris Pine as Eddie

    by JimmyT

    Watch Star Trek and tell me he wouldn't be great. Always thought Jim Cavizel would make a great Roland though. Or some Beowulf CG and have Clint.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 1:42 p.m. CST

    2/3 through book 7

    by shran

    Like lot's of folks, I kept hearing more and more about the Dark Tower series and how I just HAD to read it. I have LOT"S of books I wanted to get to and starting a 7 book series just seemed daunting. Overall, I have been pleased with what I have read but it is indeed a terribly uneven story. If I had been waiting for the books as he was writing them I probably would have lost interest around book 3 or 4. As it is, though, as long as I could put one down and pick the next up it's been a nice little adventure. I just don't think it's as truly epic as everyone led me to believe. I LOVE the old speak and have found myself saying "Yar" and " Thankee sai" a lot. It's kind of fun to substitute "say thankya" for "Thank you" in public places just to see whether you have run into someone familiar with the stories. I've annoyed the heck out of my wife with this, so it's now going to be permanent. I haven't let myself be spoiled by the ending of the book but as I have read enough King in my life I know that the man can't finish a story to save his life (literally). So with that, I hold out little hope for a satisfying ending. It will be interesting to see how this book series will translate to the big screen. I have little hope for it and look at it as more of a curiousity than anything else.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Needs to be 4 movies and 3 tv seasons

    by lowman

    Its just a wierd break up to do it in 3 movies and 2 tv seasons becuase of the way the books flow. I would just alternate movie/book till you get to seven. Time it right with the new book for part 4.5 (included in book 5-movie) and you could have something pretty cool. Maybe they will strecth it out if it makes a ass load of movy like the Harry Potter and Twilight movies have done. The most important thing they must do is START with the Horn of Eld. That would start it out so cool.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    As long as we're considering Spaniards...

    by Larry Knowles

    Why not Antonio Banderas for the role? Much better choice than chubby-head Bardem. Here are 5 actors who are better choices than Javier... 1) Eastwood, Clint 2) Banderas, Antonio 3) Olyphant, Timothy 4) Craig, Daniel 5) Any actor whose head circumference could be considered "not grotesquely chubby" Also, Harry, give me a call. I love you. Larry

  • and you have yourselves a winner right there. Bank on it.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:14 p.m. CST

    The Wind Through the Asshole

    by Lucifer Haywood

    Just kidding, loved this saga, would love to see it and Talisman done justice in my lifetime.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Eddie Dean

    by WYLD STALLYNS RULES

    needs to be played by Jay Baruchel.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Larry... of COURSE Clint Eastwood.

    by AT

    Seeing as how the character was inspired by him. But, seeing as he's 105 now... Besides, he's grown a radar for what is a bad idea in the making, I think. And, they wouldn't let him write the score or direct so he said to kiss his ass.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Stephen King Board Mod

    by Katet19

    The Message Board Moderator at Stephen King's official site posted this message 9 hours ago. "I have the official go-ahead to announce that Ron Howard/Universal has offered Javier Bardem the part of Roland. I do not know if he has officially accepted the offer but chances are they wouldn't make this announcement if he wasn't considering it. " Fat heads, Pleasant Haircuts, and Rolled R's. http://www.stephenking.com/forums/showthread.php/20626-Casting-for-The-Dark-Tower

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    So um would know be a good time to pick up the books

    by donkingkong

    I feel I'm already late to the party

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Never late to the party

    by Katet19

    they're a relatively fast read, you can blow through the series before the first movie is even released.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST

    @chickenstu

    by James

    i bid thee to please hold thy tounge when referring to the dark tower

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    This should have been made 20 years ago...

    by Ruester

    Actor wise, we would have had our Clint Eastwood at the perfect age to play Roland, and young Robert Downey Jr as Eddie Dean. CG was just starting to take off, so they would have had to have used these things they called "props." Which added something to films called "character." Hell Tim Burton could have directed it, because Johnny Depp wasn't completely stuck up his ass yet. OR! Or....Paul Verhoeven, then we would have had some serious violence in the town of Tull. Rated R? You bet your sweet ass. And you know damn well he would made the "Mutants" look like that poor sap in Robocop who crashes into the toxic waste and then gets hit by a car. Oh man, it would have been badass.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    javier bardem?

    by eighttwelve

    if they go with him for Roland, it will certainly dampen my faith in this. But I totally agree he should have the horn this time and have it be the next cycle.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    It IS kind of cool that DT was inspired by LOTR, and now...

    by CountryBoy

    ... it will film concurrently with THE HOBBIT. 19-year-old Stephen King would've been mighty pleased with himself to know what was in the cards...

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    @darth_nader81

    by ChickenStu

    How do you mean?

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    Now THAT's an idea!

    by ChickenStu

    Yeah, it starts off with Roland having that horn thing... and he's not as ruthless so maybe he doesn't quite wipe out the whole town at the start, cause you know - he's a tiny bit nicer... And then... instead of running into Stephen King... run into Ron Howard and the actor who plays him (in a dual role as Roland AND Themselves) Wow... bit ambitious... only people who've read the books would understand what exactly is going on... As post-modern, and meta as it is... I'd at least admire the ambition. Rather than being simple adaptations, they'd become more like a bigger part of the saga... and essential to the story...

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Boo Hoo!

    by RentonRiggs

    Yeah! If they get this three time oscar nominee, one time winner to play Roland, I'll skip it! MUCH better to get direct to dvd hackjob Caviezel in there strictly because King said Roland has blue eyes.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Ruester

    by LesterB

    Goddammit. Now you've gone and made me sad that we'll never see the Eastwood-Downey duo in these films. There's gotta be something for them though right? Eastwood as Callahan and Downey as Blaine the Mono? That could fucking rock.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Bardem

    by Ted Brautigan

    I'm all for signing Javier Bardem. I always thought Russell Crowe would make an awesome Roland, FWIW. Also, Mark Wahlberg for Eddie Dean.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Will make for a shitty movie

    by goatherdingclownhunter

    I tried to delve into these books, but couldn't get past the first one. The plot is way too obtuse and random.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 5:20 a.m. CST

    Watching this train wreck from a safe distance...

    by Toruk_Makto

    Howard. terrible. Bardem?!?! Ugh, some people amaze me with their 'vision'. I liked old country as much as the next guy...but not that fucking much. The United States needs a competing entertainment location to rival Tinseltown. One with a different model for producing films and television shows. A place where I can cast my money like a ballot in a booth labeled: "Hollywood can suck it."

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    nitpicking

    by RentonRiggs

    i dont understand the "i wont see it" comments. c'mon. yes you will. You saw Watchmen and the Matrix sequels and the Star wars prequels and X-Men 3. You saw both versions of the Hulk. Yeah, I'm talking to you. You even saw Angels & Demons. You're a huge fan of the tower series, and its a miracle they even decided to attemp to adapt this beast of a series. Some stuff will change to fit the time limit, since the source material and connecting books total out to be something like 7000 pages of text. Point being, you've sat through worse adaptations. And now we're getting some version, and from the sounds of it, a LONG version of this great story. The structure of the production plan already proves they want to at least retain the arc of the books to a certain degree, rather than diluting 7 books down into 1 movie. You'll see the movie. Let's stop pretending, shall we? Problem with those platitudes is this -- planned trilogy and tv show or not, if the first one doesn't do well, we'll end up in "Lemony Snicket" territory and may never meet some of the best characters in the series. Even if its not a masterpiece, the parts they get right, i imagine, will be pretty cool, if only to finally see some Tower stuff on the big screen. Let's not forget that adapting these books may actually help. Unless you consider hoards of Dr Dooms throwing Harry Potter "sneetches" at townsfolk to be King's gospel. Don't forget your father's face.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Lesterb

    by Ruester

    You see, that could work. But I'm afraid we can only dream my friend.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    dandelion

    by Rob

    I agree to a point but the ending... You can't have a lame cliff-hanger like that to end the first film. Him meeting the Man in Black is important but all that happens is a tarot reading and then Roland falls asleep and wakes up in front of some bones... The first film should end with him walking through the first door on the beach. The audience won't know where he's going. Have him lose his hand to the lobstrosities and leave him in peril as the sickness sets in.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 11:43 p.m. CST

    I would like to be excited about all this...

    by thebastard

    ...but you do realize that hardly any of Stephen King's work has been adapted to film well. To be able to be transferred to film in a coherent sense that an audience would be able to follow a lot of tweaking would have to be done to the flow of the story. A video game, would have to try be a cross between the hardcore mode on Fallout New Vegas and resident evil 4 for me to even consider playing it.

  • That game exemplifies exactly what a Dark Tower game could be.

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    I just don't know about this...

    by ChickenStu

    I really don't. I want to be excited... but it's hard.

  • Jan. 29, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST

    this is all happening way too fast

    by Smack_Teddy

    i never made you any promises, you never even really told me we were in a relationship so how i was supposed to know what we getting into, i'm sorry im just not feeling it etc.