Javier Bardem Out, Russell Crowe Possibly in as the Gunslinger in The Dark Tower

Russell Crowe in 3:10 to Yuma (2007) Movie ImageBoy, they sure are having a hard time getting “The Dark Tower” made. The latest word from the troubled project has Warner Bros. assigning one of the film’s producers, Akiva Goldsman, to bang out a new script for them. Plus, the film’s other producers, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are now trying to convince their “A Beautiful Mind” star Russell Crowe to take over the role of The Gunslinger in the film, now that Javier Bardem, long attached, has flown the coop.

Based on the series of Stephen King novels, “The Dark Tower” would star Crowe as Roland Deschain, “the last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers” who becomes “humanity’s last hope to save civilization as he hits the road to find the Dark Tower. Along the way, he encounters characters, good and bad, in a world that has an Old West feel.”

Universal was originally going to foot the bill for the ambitious multi-part story, but bailed when the budget soared too high for their liking. Warner Bros. has now stepped in, but still hasn’t made a final decision yet. They’re apparently going to wait for Goldsman’s rewrite, no doubt to suss out the potential budget, and then give their decision “within two weeks”.

The property was always intended to be a movie franchise that would exist alongside a TV series intended to fill in the missing parts in-between the films. Of course, given how difficult it’s been just to get the first movie made, I wouldn’t be surprise if they drop that whole TV component completely. It’s ambitious, yes, but unnecessarily so, I think. If people want to know every single little thing about the story (which, presumably, the TV show would provide) they could just read, you know, the books. I know, crazy, right?

Anyways, if Crowe does sign on, it wouldn’t be his first time in the saddle. He previously played a gunslinging cowboy in the remake of “3:10 to Yuma”, which is where that pic above of Crowe is from.

Roland Deschain The Dark Tower

Via : Deadline