I really wish it wasn't taking so damn long for Stephen King's The Dark Tower to get to the big screen. I love that story, and I love the plan that Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman, and Brian Grazer came up with to bring it to life. There was supposed to be a trilogy of films and a TV series in between each film to tell as much of the story as they possibly can. Now it looks like we'll be lucky to get one movie.
Several major studios have stupidly passed on the movie, and right now they are looking at getting independent financing, but that is going to take some time. Regardless of all the bumps in the road, the movie is still moving forward. We have an update on it from Goldsman in an interview with Collider.
"It’s not officially back on and we will never let it go – until Stephen takes it away from us… No, [casting decisions aren't being made] but I love reading about it!"
Over the years Javier Bardem and Russell Crowe have been up for the role of Roland Deschine. The most recent actor mentioned in association with the movie was Aaron Paul for the role of Eddie Dean.
Even though Howard is trying to push it through, he's obviously not waiting around for it. The director recently made Rush and is set to direct Heart of the Sea and an adaptation of Dan Brown’s novel Inferno.
The Dark Tower may not happen anytime soon, but one day it will all come together and the fans will rejoice.