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Warners considering the Dark Tower and want Russell Crowe as Roland?

August 3rd, 2012 by Marc Comments

Big news on the Dark Tower front as Warners get ready to say yes or no…

Deadline is reporting that Warner Brothers is waiting for a new script from Akia Goldsman for the first part of the Gunslinger saga based on Stephen King’s now eight book-long epic Dark Tower series.

Once they get the script the word is that within two weeks they’ll decide if they will go ahead with the massive project that still is touted to be three movies and two TV series (Which HBO was attached to). This will be a bigger undertaking that Lord of the Rings and something that MUST be done right or a league of fans will be in uproar as the story of Roland of Gilead is close to many readers’ – myself included – hearts.

Now it has aslo emerged that Javier Bardem, soon to be seen in new James Bond movie Skyfall, who was set to play Roland Deschain, is no longer attached. And the studio is interested in bringing on none other than Russell Crowe.

I have mixed feeling on this as I loved the idea of Bardem as Roland, but I reckon Crowe could pull it off well too and, with Man of Steel only a year away (in which he plays Jor-El, Superman’s biological father), he’ll assure an audience will take notice of The Dark Tower.

I want to take the journey with the ka-tet, but I want it to be perfect…

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….