It’s always an exciting time watching a new franchise come into fruition. First, a studio acquires the rights, which gives us an idea how much freedom the filmmakers will have. A visual sense comes into form when they attach a director. Lastly, the cast will be the final representation of what to expect, at least until trailers and images begin to appear online.
Universal Pictures (The Bad), a studio known for diddling with a filmmaker’s vision a bit too much, will be getting behind The Dark Tower. Ron Howard (The Good) directs, who has more power than Universal, therefore we can expect greatness. Now, Javier Bardem (The Ugly) is finally close to sealing his deal to play gunslinger Roland Deschain in the mammoth adaptation of the Stephen King 7-novel series that’ll span three movies and a limited run TV series in between each film, reports Deadline. Perfect casting. There’s a lot to be excited for.
Production begins this September on the film, with Howard also confirmed to direct the first TV segment.
Bardem would play Deschain, 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.