Javier Bardem Offered 'Dark Tower' Lead

January 27, 2011


Deadline is reporting that Javier Bardem has been offered the lead in Universal's planned adaptation of Steven King's The Dark Tower. The seven-novel series, thought to be unfilmable (I just made that up, but considering it's seven books long--not counting the prequel comics and planned eighth book--I bet some people have said it's unfilmable), tells of an Eastwood-esque gunslinger, Roland Deschain, and his epic journey to find the titular spire. Ron Howard is committed to direct, and plans to stretch the story across three films and likely a limited NBC series, drawing some comparisons to Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy in terms of scope. Also in terms of nerd things with towers.

And while we're on the subject of Peter Jackson, The Hobbit is delayed yet again because that guy's got a perforated ulcer. I'm betting on bees swarming Ian McKellen next.

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