Javier Bardem in Final Talks for The Dark Tower

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It looks as if the character of the gunslinger, Roland Deschain, is very close to having a real life counterpart in Ron Howard’s big screen adaptation of the much beloved Stephen King series The Dark Tower.

Javier Bardem in Final Talks for The Dark TowerAccording to Deadline Javier Bardem is close to sealing his deal with Universal Pictures to accept the role that will span three movies and a limited run TV series in between each film.

Akiva Goldsman has scripted the first movie and will write the TV component as well. Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer is producing with Goldsman and the author [Stephen King]. Universal is financing and distributing the films, and NBC Universal Television Entertainment is backing the TV component, which will either be a limited run series or a miniseries. Imagine’s Erica Huggins will be executive producer with Kerry Foster of Weed Road.

Howard plans at this point to direct the initial film as well as the TV component that will create a bridge to the second feature. The plan calls for the original actors to headline the TV version as well. The second film will pick up where the first left off. That would be followed by [another] TV installment that would be a prequel that introduces Deschain as a young man. The third film brings back the original cast once again [to] complete the screen trilogy. So if Bardem closes a deal, he’ll likely appear in all three films and that first TV stint.

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