Mark Verheiden is a name that has been known in geek circles for years. I first ran across his stuff when he was scripting comics like the Aliens series for Dark Horse over twenty years ago. Since then he has become a steady scriptwriter for television, with many episodes of Battlestar Galacitca, Smallville and Heroes under his belt, among others. He’s a co-exec producer on the upcoming Falling Skies, and now he’s been tapped to work with Akiva Goldsman as co-writer and exec producer on The Dark Tower. Read More »
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Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Deadline is now reporting that Javier Bardem is in final discussions to play gunslinger Roland Deschain in The Dark Tower. According to the report, the deal is so close to done that “Howard has begun meeting with other actors to cast the roles around Bardem.” Since there aren’t any new details to add, we have Russ’ original story (published March 2nd 2011) after the jump.
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It was just earlier today that we heard Christian Bale might be on the wishlist for the role of Roland Deschain in Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman‘s film and TV adaptation of Stephen King‘s series The Dark Tower. It seemed odd, given that Mr. Bale will soon have his hands full being Batman for a third and possibly final time. But the source was the same one that had pegged Javier Bardem and Viggo Mortensen as being serious contenders, and that info turned out to be on the money.
In fact, that info was very on the money as Deadline now reports that Javier Bardem has been offered the role. This is step one, and the site says that negotiations haven’t begun, but “there’s a high level of enthusiasm internally that they’ve got their cowboy.” Read More »
We still don’t know who Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer will chose to lead the cast of their large-scale and very ambitious adaptation of Stephen King‘s equally large-scale and very ambitious novel series The Dark Tower. Javier Bardem and Viggo Mortensen have been said to top the wishlist, but now they may have company: Christian Bale is reportedly now a contender. Read More »
Ron Howard appeared on Thursday morning’s Howard Stern Show on Sirius Satellite Radio to promote his upcoming comedy The Dilemma. And during the appearance, Howard revealed a few tidbits about his big screen and small screen adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower.
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It’s probably the slowest week of the year and one of the more difficult times when it comes to verifying thinly-reported info. Just two weeks ago the LA Times talked to Ron Howard on the subject of his upcoming adaptation of Stephen King‘s massive series The Dark Tower. The project is in the early stages, with Akiva Goldsman scripting, but casting supposition is already in full swing. At the time of that interview Ron Howard acknowledged that Viggo Mortensen, an oft-mentioned fan choice, is a reasonable name to discuss.
Now the New York Post has reported that Javier Bardem is the first choice for the central role of the gunslinger Roland, with Viggo Mortensen as a backup choice. Read More »
In the past week, as Ron Howard starts to promote The Dilemma, I’ve seen a couple threadbare sets of quotes in which the filmmaker talks about his upcoming adaptation of Stephen King‘s sprawling fantasy/horror/’unified field theory of genre’ series The Dark Tower. I say ‘threadbare’ because he hasn’t opened up at all about how he, Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman actually plan to put the books on screen.
But now Ron Howard has opened up a little more — but only a little. Read More »
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This week Universal Pictures got the urge to fill out the company’s calendar for the next couple of years. Yesterday we heard that the studio has dated Judd Apatow’s as-yet-untitled new film for summer 2012. Now there is a flood of new release dates for the studio, for a diverse array of films. Hit the jump for release info for Safe House, The Dark Tower and more. Read More »