Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The Dark Tower production has signed Mark Verheiden to co-write The Dark Tower TV series with Akiva Goldsman. Verheiden's previous writing experience includes writer/co-executive producer of Battlestar Galactica and Falling Skies along with writing comics such as Superman, Aliens and Predator. He adds the sci-fi/fantasy experience that the team of producers does not have a whole lot of but is a necessary ingredient to add to The Dark Tower films. The series while epic in scope, is really a combination of little character moments that will translate well to the television screen but not so well to the movie screen. It will be interesting to see what is shunted to TV, kept for the movie or left unused.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Deadline is reporting that Javier Bardem is on the verge of signing a deal to join The Dark Tower in the lead role of Roland Deschain for the 3 picture trilogy and 2 limited TV series.
Bardem's WME reps are putting the finishing touches on the deal, and they are close enough that Howard has begun meeting with other actors to cast the roles around Bardem. It's a complex deal, almost unprecedented, because it calls for Bardem to star in the feature film and the TV component. His deal will also include options for two sequels (the TV program that runs between the second and third films will be a prequel). I'm told it will add up to a career-best payday for Bardem. Howard and Goldsman have told me they see the trilogy as their answer to the Peter Jackson-directed adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. While Middle Earth had a mystical medieval feel, The Dark Tower vibe is one that Goldsman described as “an alternate Americana, one part post-apocalyptic, one part Sergio Leone.”