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(Deadline)   My name is Roland Deschain, 30th-generation descendant of Arthur Eld, Gunslinger of Gilead, loyal servant of my Ka-tet. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next   (deadline.com) divider line 182
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2012-08-03 09:35:46 AM
We need a time machine to go fetch a 40 year old Clint Eastwood to play the role. He was clearly the model for the books.
 
2012-08-03 09:53:12 AM
I just can't see this working at all.
 
2012-08-03 10:06:12 AM
Viggo Mortenson, maybe. Russell Crowe is too Russell Crowey for me to see him as anyone else. If Michael Fassbender were ten years older and a little more grizzled, I think he might be suitable.
 
2012-08-03 10:44:17 AM
Someone in the comments suggested Joel Kinneman for Eddie, which I think would work amazingly well.
 
2012-08-03 11:40:59 AM
Why not Josh Brolin?

Crow looks too plump to be a drifter.
 
Pud [TotalFark]
2012-08-03 12:08:25 PM
They would have to cut every single line Detta Susannah Walker had in the book. I guess they would have to just cut to a black woman sitting quietly in a wheelchair looking like she wants to kill something.
 
2012-08-03 12:10:42 PM
Each book will be made into three movies, so that's...what...21 movies for the whole story?
 
2012-08-03 12:22:47 PM

cpw49684: We need a time machine to go fetch a 40 year old Clint Eastwood to play the role. He was clearly the model for the books.


Yep. A young Clint Eastwood would be perfect as Roland.
 
2012-08-03 12:28:04 PM
I wish this would be on HBO, AMC, or some other venue like that.
 
2012-08-03 12:42:13 PM
Dino from the Flintstones would be a good Oi.
 
2012-08-03 12:46:53 PM
Will they use the pre-revision Dark Tower book or will they use the shiatty later one?

Lando Lincoln: Each book will be made into three movies, so that's...what...21 movies for the whole story?


9. There were only three books. Shame he never continued the story...
 
2012-08-03 12:50:15 PM
MUCH better than mine subby
 
2012-08-03 12:52:24 PM

FarkinHostile: Dino from the Flintstones would be a good Oi.


thomas would make an awesome blain the mono.

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2012-08-03 12:54:51 PM

Krymson Tyde: I wish this would be on HBO, AMC, or some other venue like that.


The original goal was to begin with a feature and then continue on as a series on a cable network. I doubt that that has changed but then again the movie might never be made at all...
 
2012-08-03 12:55:47 PM
Not perfect (I'm still in favor of Thomas Jane as Roland), but Crowe makes a much better Roland than Javier Bardem. I still don't understand why that was kicked around.
 
2012-08-03 12:56:01 PM
Script by Akiva Goldsman huh....

IMDB:

Batman and Robin
Lost in Space
I, Robot
Angels and Demons



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2012-08-03 01:00:15 PM
So long as King doesn't write the script. He should stick to writing novels. Especially small, self contained ones about personal horror. I am the only person on earth who hates The Dark Tower series past book 2, I'm sure.
 
2012-08-03 01:00:29 PM

cpw49684: We need a time machine to go fetch a 40 year old Clint Eastwood to play the role. He was clearly the model for the books.


He can play Cort instead

AdmirableSnackbar: Not perfect (I'm still in favor of Thomas Jane as Roland), but Crowe makes a much better Roland than Javier Bardem. I still don't understand why that was kicked around.


Bardem might make a good Randal Flagg, friendo.
 
2012-08-03 01:00:40 PM
Crowe.... no, just no. Sam Jackson would be a better fit than him... actually that might be fun.

"You do not aim with your hand. He who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his MF father. You aim with your GD eye. You do not shoot with your hand. He who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his MF father. You shoot with your mind you sonnnsabiscut. You do not kill with your gun. He who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his MF father. You kill with your heart, do you understand me!"
 
2012-08-03 01:01:07 PM

RantCasey: Script by Akiva Goldsman huh....

IMDB:

Batman and Robin
Lost in Space
I, Robot
Angels and Demons


FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!


Whats really funny about that list is how there are movies after Batman and Robin. Then Lost in Space.
 
2012-08-03 01:01:44 PM
Daniel Craig has been my constant pick for Roland - he's got the right eyes. Liam Neeson is my second pick. But Clint Eastwood MUST be Cort. Film all possible Cort scenes while Clint is still alive.

Eddie Dean - don't know...
Susannah - Gina Torres
Jake - please, FSG, nobody from Twilight.
 
2012-08-03 01:03:46 PM
Crowe? Why?

I mean if he can drop a ton of weight to get that look like Dennis Quaid had as Doc Holliday.....hey is Dennis Quaid still alive he might be a better Roland than Crowe.
 
2012-08-03 01:05:10 PM
Wait, Eddie Dean is Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
 
2012-08-03 01:08:37 PM

quizzical: Wait, Eddie Dean is Joseph Gordon-Levitt.


That is the first casting suggestion for Eddie that I do not instantaneously hate.
 
2012-08-03 01:09:35 PM
I think Aisha Tyler would make a great Susannah. She's got the sass and the acting chops; I'd love to see her in a more diverse role.

I agree with whoever said Liam Neeson would be a good fit for Roland. Russel Crowe is a poor choise imo - You know you're watching "Russel Crowe plays a world-weary cowboy who's the last of his kind". He doesn't transform.

I think Ralph Finnes would make a good Flagg, or my favorite baddie, Christopher Eccleston. Jeffrey Donovan for Eddie, obvs.

/might be kidding about Jeffrey Donovan
//Bruce Campbell for Roland!!
 
2012-08-03 01:09:41 PM

Jaws_Victim: So long as King doesn't write the script. He should stick to writing novels. Especially small, self contained ones about personal horror. I am the only person on earth who hates The Dark Tower series past book 2, I'm sure.


I'm with you. I forced myself to read through that series on two separate occasions and never understood what people saw in it. I, IV, and V were sort of OK, I guess.
 
2012-08-03 01:12:14 PM
I always imagined Eddie Dean to be like Dennis Leary, but I think he's too old now.
 
2012-08-03 01:16:41 PM

Pud: I guess they would have to just cut to a black woman


Last I heard they weren't planning to even cast a black woman. Hollywood still has a weird thing about interracial love (they see less $$). The race IS important to the character's arc, I'd rather they make Eddie Dean black or latino if it's that big of a farking deal; gives more options anyway.

Billy Drago for Walter
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2012-08-03 01:16:44 PM

Jerkwater: Jaws_Victim: So long as King doesn't write the script. He should stick to writing novels. Especially small, self contained ones about personal horror. I am the only person on earth who hates The Dark Tower series past book 2, I'm sure.

I'm with you. I forced myself to read through that series on two separate occasions and never understood what people saw in it. I, IV, and V were sort of OK, I guess.


When I rank the books I always end up 1,3,4,2,5,7,6 as most readable. I cannot really remember book 7. I have tried a few times over the past few years to reread them and book 6 just makes me rage quit after about 50 pages. I havent read 7 since it came out.
 
2012-08-03 01:18:48 PM

Pauly Math: Someone in the comments suggested Joel Kinneman for Eddie, which I think would work amazingly well.


Holy crap that is brilliant.
 
2012-08-03 01:19:31 PM

kronicfeld: quizzical: Wait, Eddie Dean is Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

That is the first casting suggestion for Eddie that I do not instantaneously hate.


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2012-08-03 01:23:28 PM
I thought he would make a great Roland before this movie was ever filmed. Him in this role just sealed it for me however I'm not sure he'd want to do a cowboy movie after this one.


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2012-08-03 01:23:31 PM
The first book was good. The ending sucked ass. Writing himself in was just retarded. I am so over King.
 
2012-08-03 01:25:35 PM
Too obvious for Eddie?

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2012-08-03 01:27:25 PM
Eddie Dean - Damian Lewis (if he could do a different American accent)
 
2012-08-03 01:27:51 PM

One Bad Apple: cpw49684: We need a time machine to go fetch a 40 year old Clint Eastwood to play the role. He was clearly the model for the books.

He can play Cort instead


Nah, at this point he's a bit too old to play Cort IMO. Yeah Cort's supposed to be older and grizzled, but this is the same guy that regularly visits whore houses, drinks a lot, and beats the ever living snot out of teenaged kids taking their trial. Eastwood is a bit old for that character.

Welfare Peanut Butter: I agree with whoever said Liam Neeson would be a good fit for Roland. Russel Crowe is a poor choise imo - You know you're watching "Russel Crowe plays a world-weary cowboy who's the last of his kind". He doesn't transform.


I'd actually go for Neeson as Cort.
You know who I'd like to see as Roland? Gary Oldman. The man just disappears into the roles he takes and he's a damned fine actor to boot. Roland was never depicted as some kind of stereotypical muscular young hero except in Wizard and Glass.
 
2012-08-03 01:30:01 PM
Cort - a scarred-up Michael Chiklis
 
2012-08-03 01:32:04 PM

rickycal78: You know who I'd like to see as Roland? Gary Oldman. The man just disappears into the roles he takes and he's a damned fine actor to boot. Roland was never depicted as some kind of stereotypical muscular young hero except in Wizard and Glass.


I like it. A lot.
 
2012-08-03 01:34:40 PM

quizzical: Wait, Eddie Dean is Joseph Gordon-Levitt.


You just want to see JGL in a naked gun battle.
 
2012-08-03 01:36:17 PM
If they do this, it MUST be done correctly. And part of that is CASTING A BLACK WOMAN TO PLAY A CHARACTER WHO WAS A BLACK FARKING WOMAN. Fark Hollywood's fear of interacial love.
 
2012-08-03 01:37:01 PM

influx: quizzical: Wait, Eddie Dean is Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

You just want to see JGL in a naked gun battle.


Who doesn't want to see that?!
 
2012-08-03 01:40:52 PM

darch: If they do this, it MUST be done correctly. And part of that is CASTING A BLACK WOMAN TO PLAY A CHARACTER WHO WAS A BLACK FARKING WOMAN. Fark Hollywood's fear of interacial love.


It's a shame the black girl from True Blood can't act because I think that might have worked otherwise.
 
2012-08-03 01:41:22 PM
Roland - Should be Josh Brolin or Viggo Mortenson and maybe Liam Neeson since Clint Eastwood is way too old.

Susanna- I would have said Angela Bassett but I think she might be a bit too old so I would pick either Viola Davis (Aibeleen from The Help) or Rutina Wesley (Tara from True Blood)

Eddie - Robert Downey Jr. would have been my first pick but again too old, then I would have chose Ewan McGregor but again too old so now my pick would be Ryan Gosling.

Jake - No Clue, as it would have to be a helluva child actor to pull it off. I'd say Kodi Smit McPhee but he's rapidly getting too old for Jake. He was perfect in the Road and Let Me In though.

Flagg - I loved Jamey Sheridan in The Stand but he's too old now, Tom Hiddleston is wonderful as Loki so he'd work ok but I think after seeing Damian Lewis in Homeland he'd be perfect for Flagg.
 
2012-08-03 01:44:13 PM
As someone who is reading the series for the first time (just starting Book 3 -The Wastelands) I'm getting a kick...

Thus far - it is delivering hardcore. I have lost sleep staying up reading the series, and that only happens with good writing. I'm in for the long haul, and won't read much else till I finish this off.
 
2012-08-03 01:47:59 PM

Optimus Primate: As someone who is reading the series for the first time (just starting Book 3 -The Wastelands) I'm getting a kick...

Thus far - it is delivering hardcore. I have lost sleep staying up reading the series, and that only happens with good writing. I'm in for the long haul, and won't read much else till I finish this off.


While I like the whole series (unlike many here), there is a major tonal change in book 4 and then another huge change for books 5-7. You'll either love or hate Wizard and Glass... there is no middle ground. The last 3 have to be judged separately from the first 4, in my opinion. You can like them on their own merits but they really don't compare to the first 4.
 
2012-08-03 01:48:01 PM
I always picture Naomie Harris for Susanna while reading - I think mostly in the Detta Walker sense.
 
2012-08-03 01:48:59 PM

Optimus Primate: As someone who is reading the series for the first time (just starting Book 3 -The Wastelands) I'm getting a kick...

Thus far - it is delivering hardcore. I have lost sleep staying up reading the series, and that only happens with good writing. I'm in for the long haul, and won't read much else till I finish this off.


It was a great series that suffers from "King-itis"
 
2012-08-03 01:49:26 PM

quizzical: Wait, Eddie Dean is Joseph Gordon-Levitt.


I proposed that idea a while back.
I think Greg Kinnear could have done it well but he's aging now. The idea with Eddie is not tough NY kid, but someone's who's got a mouth. People will hate me for this I'm sure, we are on Fark after all, nothing like this hater-bandwagon), but Shia Labouf could do it I think.(Ala some of his Indianna Jones character, not his neurotic tranformers character).

Crispin Glover could be an awesome bad guy, Walter/flag maybe.He could even do Roland.(though that would mean he doesn't get to be as crazy / exaggerated as he usually is)
Or Mark Strong(typcast as bad guy usually so we know he'd carry it) as Walter.

I don't mind Russel Crow though if he loses some weight. Roland has to be haggard or more near gaunt than Russel always has been, even when he was fit he had a roundish face.

Javier Bardem was a bad idea, imo. Too creepy / foreign, as well as ...too.... "He's the coolest bad guy ever in No country" Awesome in one unrelated(and vastly different) role doesn't necessarily make him fit. People think RDJ is awesome but I don't think he'd be a good fit for the character of Roland, nor is John Stewart for that matter, sure, they could do it, but it wouldn't be great.. Take The Comedian(too lazy to IMDB the name) from Watchmen as a last resort for Roland.

quizzical: Susannah - Gina Torres


Good call. We know she can play "tough". Nothing quite as grating as a female part that's supposed to be even somewhat tough and they do everything like a sissy.
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As for the kid, who knows. I don't see to many things with kids in them. Difficult for a kid to pull off a "tough" role.
 
2012-08-03 01:54:27 PM

Optimus Primate: As someone who is reading the series for the first time (just starting Book 3 -The Wastelands) I'm getting a kick...

Thus far - it is delivering hardcore. I have lost sleep staying up reading the series, and that only happens with good writing. I'm in for the long haul, and won't read much else till I finish this off.


Others might argue, but The Wastelands is the best book. It's the best science fiction novel I've ever read.
 
2012-08-03 01:56:47 PM
Never read the books. But I'm enjoying the ever loving shiat out of Marvel's comic adaptation. Have no clue if it's similar to the source material or not. But it's gorgeously drawn. Well written and easily the darkest thing I've ever seen come out of Marvel studios.

Can ya ken it?
 
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