Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Movie News: Javier Bardem to play the Gunslinger?

I have a confession.  As much as I love Stephen King, I've just never been able to get into the Dark Tower series.  I read the first one, and re-read it.  I was still meh, so I tried the second one.  I couldn't get through it.  I know, I'm a horrible person! 

I've heard people say that Dark Tower is sort of akin to Lord of the Rings so if you like one, you'll like the other.  My feelings towards Lord of the Rings can be summed up by Randall in Clerks 2 so I guess you can figure out that I don't like those movies/books either.

But the moral of this story is Javier Bardem is hot.  And a great actor.  And he may very well be playing the Gunslinger in the Dark Tower franchise, which currently have a tentative release date of May 17, 2013.  This is currently being envisioned as three films and a television series, which will encompasses all seven books.  At least the first part would be directed by Ron Howard, but he plans on having his hands in the whole deal.

So what says Javier?  According to Shock Til You Drop, he is "psychologically locked" for the Dark Tower series and it seems only his schedule will decide his fate at this point.  From what I know of the series, it seems that Bardem would be a great choice.  This is obviously a massive undertaking, and I'm interested to see how it goes from here.  Unfortunately, so many King projects have been dropped over the last few years (especially Talisman, wtf?!) so I would like to see this one come to fruition.  Stay tuned.


Michele (TheGirlWhoLovesHorror) said...

Stephen King is my god and I'm always reading stuff from other fans saying that the Dark Tower series is their favorite and that it's his best work... But I could never get into it either. I tried reading The Gunslinger once but it seemed a little too sci-fi for my taste. If I saw the movie with Javier Bardem, however, it might make me give it another chance. He's a great actor.