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In a continuing saga that seems to almost rival the one in the books, Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' is back on the table, this time at Warner Bros Pictures. The Ron Howard-helmed project was previously dropped by Universal Pictures (citing inflated budget concerns and disinterest in financing both an ambitious series of films as well as a concurrent television series), and the film has been under revision ever since. However, reports are flooding in that WB has purchased the script from writer Akiva Goldsman and is paying him to polish it up in hopes to finally get the project off the ground.
In addition to being directed by Howard, the film also has 'Skyfall' actor Javier Bardem still tentatively attached to star as the main protagonist, Roland Deschain - a member of an almost knightly order of gunslingers who roam a unique world that is both parts fantasy and the Old West. Fans of the book will likely point out that the series is far more involved than that (containing references and characters to pretty much every other Stephen King book ever written, as well as tidbits of pop culture ephemera), but it remains to be seen how much of that insular storytelling and self-referential material makes it to the final film. There's no news as to whether Warner Bros. is interested in making a trilogy of films and the television series (although their partnership with HBO would make that seem like a logical choice) or whether they are more concerned with signing off on a single film first (which would make the most sense financially).
Fans of the series - what characters, settings, or scenes would you most like to see played out on the big screen? Non-fans - would you pay good money to see Javier Bardem as a grizzled gunfighter in a fantasy world? I know I would. I guess we'll just have to wait and see if the fourteenth time is the charm...