February 14th, 2007

[Update — 18 April 2008 — We have a new official Dark Tower website.]

If anyone ever thought that bringing The Lord Of The Rings to the big screen was difficult, that was child’s play compared to filming Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. By my count, the seven books contain a total of 3,837 pages, compared to Tolkein’s 1,168 pages (which includes the appendixes and end notes).

Would Clint Eastwood dare to play Roland?

[Update 5 March 2009 — The decision has been made. According to reader Sandy Corkins, David Simmons has won the role.]

60 Responses to “THE DARK TOWER… THE MOVIE…?”

  1. Tom leach says:

    I am a giant fan of the books. i have read them multi times. i was thinknig about who would be cast and imeaditaly i thought of michael impirioli (supranoes, life on mars) for eddie dean, i like jada pinkett for sussanah. jake is tough becouse of the age not so sure on him and as for roland well unfortunatly i have to pick someone who is living becouse if i could make any roland i wanted it would be a young paul newman but since it has to be a living actor lol i think maybe go with hugh jackman i think he fits i think laurie is interesting but i dont see it. Definatly not tommy lee jones i really dont think that fits.

    p.s. on the idea with the horn. I think stephen was very happy with his ending to the book. hes said over and over again that he is done with the dark tower. i highly doubt he is going to give anyone making a movie the rights to change the ending. The horn was just to let readers know that roland still has a chance and i am going to guess that him haveing that horn will be the way the movie ends also

  2. Jeff Hess says:

    Shalom Tom,

    First, thank you for stopping in, for reading and, most importantly, for adding our discussion. We build this community through conversation.

    You’ve clearly made serious and informed choices for characters.

    I was taken aback by your suggestion of a young Paul Newman to play Roland. It would be against type, but then a good actor lives to play precisely that role.

    As to the horn and the ending, King has been burned before — so much so with The Shining that he felt compelled to remake it — but I can’t see him letting go of what may well be the work he will be remembered for 100 years from now.



  3. carla says:

    I like Viggo Mortensen for Roland and Clint Eastwood for Father Callahan. Look at the illustrations in Wolves of Calla. There is an uncanny resembelence between Father Callahan and Clint Eastwood. Long days and Pleasant nights.

  4. Jeff Hess says:

    Shalom Carla,

    First, thank you for stopping in, for reading and, most importantly, for taking the time to share your thoughts. We’re building this community one conversation at a time.

    I hadn’t considered an alternative role for Clint Eastwood, but you’re absolutely right. I like the idea of him as Father Callahan. (Even the name, echoes of Dirty Harry, is appropriate.)



  5. Jason says:

    I would like to see clint eastwood in there somewhere but it is gonna be along time before they have father callahan in the movies so hes gonna really be up there in age when this part comes around!

  6. Jeff Hess says:

    Shalom Jason,

    First, thank you for stopping in, for reading and, most importantly, for taking the time to write a comment. Buliding community is all about the conversation.

    That’s true. But then again there’s nothing that says they can’t shoot several movies simultainiously the way Peter Jackson did The Lord Of The Rings.



  7. LotusEater says:

    The Dark Tower series is Excellent.

    THE MASTER STEPHEN KING should direct it! period!

    Stephen king is an excellent director.

    He directed the film for Maximum overdrive
    AC/DC + stephen king = fucking awesome!

    Stephen King quote from the film
    “Honey, come on over here sugar buns! This machine just called me an asshole”

  8. Jeff Hess says:

    Shalom Lotus,

    First, thank you for stopping in, for reading and, most importantly, for investing the time to write a comment. We build our community through our conversations.

    Unfortunately, the only way King would be able to direct the movie would be if he produced it himself.

    As of now John Johnson is directing a script he’s written himself.



  9. Jinni says:

    Viggo Mortensen as Roland and Gabriel Byrne as the Wizard.

    • Jeff Hess says:

      Shalom Jinni,

      First, thank you for stopping in, for reading and, most importantly, for taking the time to enter the discussion. Our conversations build our communities.

      I think you are the first to suggest an actor for The Wizard.



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