We’ll soon be finding out for sure whether Warner Bros. is going to take on Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s ambitious adaptation of “The Dark Tower.”
The duo has long planned to adapt Stephen King’s epic series by making three films that are tied together with two TV series, and originally had the project set up at Universal. But when the studio dropped the adaptation, it was Warner Bros. who came to the rescue. Now sources are telling Deadline that Warner Bros. is close to making a decision on the project since Akiva Goldsman has turned in his latest draft for the script of the first film. Fingers crossed.
In other exciting news, it turns out that Russell Crowe is currently the top choice to play main character Roland Deschain. Javier Bardem had long been attached to the role, but Deadline reports that he has since left the project. Crowe should be just as capable as Bardem in bringing depth to the character, and it’s clear that this means Warner liked what Crowe did in Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel.” We’re sad to see Bardem go, but we have enough to be excited about with him now that we’ve seen that new “Skyfall” trailer.
This is an ambitious venture, and one we really hope Warner Bros. makes. Now that Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy has wrapped, the studio could use another big franchise. Peter Jackson at least is making a third “The Hobbit” film, but “The Dark Tower” could follow it as being Warner’s next big fantasy franchise.