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We've talked a lot about the live action remake of the 80s anime 'Akira,' and all the various headaches and disasters that befell that project. Well, if there was one other project that has faced just as many speed bumps and woes as 'Akira,' it would have to be the cinematic adaptation of Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower.' And hey, both of those are Warner Brothers films! The big screen version of King's story of a roaming, gun-slinging knight trying to save civilization by finding a mythic tower faces possibly its last stand at the studio. Ron Howard ('A Beautiful Mind') is still attached to direct and a new script from Akiva Goldsman ('I, Robot') is being handed in. It also appears that Russell Crowe is now in talks to star as the protagonist Deschain as Javier Bardem is no longer attached. The studio will be making its decision on whether to greenlight 'The Dark Tower,' which would be the first chapter of a trilogy, within the next two weeks.
This has become akin to that old sitcom device of "will they or won't they." I can tell Warner Brothers has feelings for 'The Dark Tower,' but I'm not sure they're ready to commit. Warner Brothers just wrapped a trilogy in Christopher Nolan's Batman series, and one would think they'd be looking for a new long-term franchise. Having not read 'The Dark Tower' books, I can only assume the world it creates is enormous enough to make the studio nervous. Perhaps my more well-read Spillios can fill me in on specific story elements that would translate to expensive set pieces. I know Akiva Goldsman has written plenty of excellent screenplays, but part of me will never forgive him for writing 'Batman & Robin.' I'm not sure how I feel about Russell Crowe in the lead here. I like Javier Bardem more as an actor, but the overwhelming response from the Spill community to his being rumored to star was that he was completely wrong for the part. I'll defer to you guys on that one, but what about Crowe?
Do you think Crowe is the right choice to play Deschain? Will this 'Dark Tower' movie ever get off the ground?