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Old 09-09-2010, 11:26 AM  
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Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" Coming To Film & Television

The Dark Tower to Become a Film Trilogy and TV Series


by SuperHeroHype
Sep 9th, 2010

Based on Stephen King's series of novels

Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson and Co-Chairman Donna Langley—along with Jeff Gaspin, Chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment and Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC & Universal Media Studios—today announced that Universal Pictures and NBC Universal Television Entertainment have acquired the rights to produce three films and a television series based on the seven epic novels, short stories and comic books from Stephen King's The Dark Tower.

Ron Howard will direct the first film and the first season of television, which will be written by Akiva Goldsman. Goldsman will produce the film through his Weed Road Pictures with Howard and Grazer for Imagine Entertainment. Howard, Grazer and Goldsman will executive produce the television series for Universal Media Studios. Kerry Foster will executive produce the first film for Weed Road Pictures along with Todd Hallowell and Erica Huggins for Imagine Entertainment.


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Old 09-10-2010, 03:43 PM   #31
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If they are going to do tv, I would hate it to be on network or basic cable. The violence alone screams for HBO or Showtime to do it right.
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Old 09-10-2010, 03:48 PM   #32
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Some names being bandied about by comments to the article to play the part of Roland:

Viggo Mortenson
Ray Stevenson
Thomas Jane
Timothy Olyphant
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Old 09-10-2010, 03:55 PM   #33
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Viggo Mortensen would be awesome.
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Old 09-10-2010, 04:07 PM   #34
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That is such a great short story. I'm hoping they work it into the tv series.
The doctor bugs make it into the series (in the Dixie Pig).
Yeah, it was a good short story.
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Old 09-10-2010, 04:07 PM   #35
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Viggo Mortensen would be awesome.
I would love Viggo Mortensen to play Roland. I also really like the idea of an unknown though. I've also heard Aaron Paul's name thrown around for Eddie Dean, which I love. And, though I'm sure she'd never commit, I can't picture anyone buy Zoe Saldana playing Susannah.
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Old 09-10-2010, 04:09 PM   #36
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I always envisioned Susannah as being a little older (although zs is in her 30s).

I'm not sure she might not be a little too good-looking for the role.
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Old 09-10-2010, 04:14 PM   #37
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Stephen King suggests casting the entire 'Twilight' cast in his upcoming 'Dark Tower' adaptation

* September 10th, 2010 12:26 pm ET
* By Scott Wampler, Film Geek Examiner

Before anyone blows a gasket: Stephen King was only kidding when he said that the Twilight cast should be purchased wholesale and shoved into the many (many) roles that need actors for Ron Howard's upcoming Dark Tower adaptation. This is a series that over 30 million people have read over the years, and casting is important, so who does King actually think oughtta play some of the roles? Find out that and more below, my fellow film geeks...

The news that Ron Howard would be directing a sprawling, multi-film, multi-TV-series adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower series has been met with equal parts anticipation and worry: After so many years, is it even possible to pull something like this off? Who are they going to cast in the project, and who in their right mind will sign up for that much work? What about Ron Howard directing-- is he really the best choice for the job? EW's recent interview with Stephen King doesn't answer all those questions-- and doesn't say all that much-- but it does indicate what he's thinking at this stage of the production process (he's signed on as a producer).

When asked who he thinks should fill out the numerous roles that will make up the Dark Tower cast, King had this to say: "The Twilight cast, of course! Just kidding. I haven’t got as far as casting in my thoughts, but when I write about Susannah Dean, I always kind of see Angela Bassett in my mind’s eye. Mostly I just want good people in those parts. Ron Howard will find them, I’m sure." That sound you just heard was 30 million Dark Tower fans having a heart attack, regaining composure, and then nodding along with King's Bassett-namedrop.

King goes on to mention that he thinks he'd be a great choice to voice Blaine the Mono-- a homicidal monorail train that appears in the epic's third and forth novels-- and had this to say about NBC being able to pull off the more grisly aspects of the story: "I don’t see that as a problem at all! We’ll have just enough latitude to make a great series. I’ve worked in network TV before, and every time I was squeezed a little, it just made me look for creative solutions. Besides, I always like to play in the biggest auditorium available!" Guess we'll have to wait and see what sort of "creative solutions" Howard comes up with to cover Roland's gun-abortion in book one, huh?
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Old 09-10-2010, 04:15 PM   #38
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She probably is... but she could act the hell out of it. I also pictured someone slightly older (not much), but make-up can fix that pretty easily.

I'm sure it won't be her, but in my perfect version of things... absolutely.
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Old 09-10-2010, 04:17 PM   #39
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Angela Bassett is exactly who I've always seen as Susannah.
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Old 09-10-2010, 04:19 PM   #40
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I could live with Bassett. That's who I pictured most of the time I was reading the series. I didn't latch onto Zoe until after I saw Star Trek and Avatar.

And King better ****ing
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Old 09-10-2010, 04:22 PM   #41
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Oh, I had the biggest crush i think i've ever had on zoe after i saw avatar (5 times).
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Old 09-10-2010, 04:33 PM   #42
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Angela Bassett easily for this one. Zoe is just too tooth-picky for the role.
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Old 09-10-2010, 04:33 PM   #43
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Oh, hellz ya! I only saw Avatar once... but I've never felt that way about a blue CGI Thunder-Smurf before. She makes me angry in my pants.
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She makes me angry in my pants.
Is that what they mean by short-tempered?
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Is that what they mean by short-tempered?


I can't tell if I should be offended or not. Don't care. Too funny.
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