The New York Post
After what has felt like years of planning and months of negotiations Ron Howard’s big and small screen adaptations of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower saga officially have their gunslinger Roland Deschain. Let the games begin!
The New York Post is reporting that Javier Bardem has signed on to the first movie and the miniseries, but the intention is that he will star in all three movies and each of the TV series. It’s an enormous deal for any actor, but Bardem was always the first choice.
In the series Deschain is the last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers and humanity’s last hope to save a civilization that will fall unless he finds the Dark Tower.
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.
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