Stephen King's Dark Tower Will Be Adapted for TV and Film

... Fellow dweebs, dorks, nerds: Our next TV obsession has been announced. Stephen King's epic book series The Dark Tower is coming to television. And film. In a huge move, rights to the series have been handed over to Ron Howard and buddies (the gang behind A Beautiful Mind) to turn the fantasy series into a movie, which would then lead to a television series. No time table has been set, but don't expect a project like this to see the light of day for a long time. The rights previously belonged to Lost braintrust J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, and Carlton Cuse (OMG why didn't THEY make it!?!?), but the trio apparently gave the rights back when they realized they wouldn't be able to do it justice. For those who aren't familiar with it, The Dark Tower is set in a vaguely Western fantasy universe that incorporates characters from all of King's books. This will be awesome. [Deadline Hollywood]

... President Obama took a few friendly jabs at emcee Jay Leno during the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, saying Leno was "the only person whose ratings fell more than mine last year." Obama also said he was glad that he was speaking before Leno, because "we've all seen what happens when you take the time slot after Leno." Someone get this guy his own talk show. [THR]

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... Actress Lynn Redgrave has passed away at the age of 67. The film and theater star died peacefully in her Connecticut home. Redgrave's last television appearance was as Olivia on Ugly Betty. [Associated Press]

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I think Timothy Olyphant is too young to play Roland... In the books he is despicted as an old man who was problems with his artritis. I would like to see Viggo Morntensen playing this role.
I agree completely that this should be an HBO show sort of thing.
For Eddie Dean I always pictured James Franco, but Im not sure if he is good enough for the role.
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The Dark Tower should be an HBO show. I think an edge like True Blood.
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Go Alec Baldwin..this should be good. With the new/past issues with the scouts a return to Adam Sandler's canteen boy would be fun.
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Max Martini as roland
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bdr519, I COMPLETELY agree with your casting choices, was thinking of possibly adding Ryan Reynolds as Eddie....he can be so sarcastic sometimes, just not sure he would do tv...
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They only way they can ever do Dark Tower properly is on TV. I have doubts about Howard, though. The mere fact Abramas and his buddies thought they couldn't pull it off is terrifying, as they were the best people for the job. I'm now just a little afraid. As for the Walking Dead news, I'm glad Sarah Wayne Callies will be back on TV, I thiink she'll be great as Lori (though Lynn Collins would've been better).
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Movies are way too short to give a novel story justice, so I'm glad about the TV show idea.
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So glad the material landed in the hands of someone competent in the end.

these guys are extremely mediocre at writing and Abrams is a truly mediocre director. I mean Lost is OK, even though it is mostly hype but look at Alias, Fringe, etc.
Mainstream TV for unaspiring teenagers and the like.

The Dark Tower deserves someone great and I think Ron Howard might just be the guy.

I am officially excited now.
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AND just cause I'm a nice guy, Ron's brother can play Sheemie
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here's how this goes down, any other way doesn't make sense...Timothy Olyphant as Roland, Angela Basset as Suzannah, Gary Oldman as Martin, Ian McShane as The Spider King (yes, I have a slight 'Deadwood' bias), a decent actor in his 20's who can not only carry the interest of the younger demographic, but who can stretch his acting chops into playing a dramatic comedy role as a heroin addicted junkie who finds himself, not only, in an interratial relationship, but also something of a hero. Let's face it, Eddie Dean carries this movie. PLUS, with maybe the exception of Gary Oldman, all of these actors would work on TV as well.
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Quit sucking ass people...let's be honest shall we? Those DaVinci Code movies blew. I've loved ole' Ron ever since Mayberry, but to me his films are about as interesting as a nose bleed. Let me guess, Tom Hanks will be playing the Clint Eastwood inspired Roland? I'd rather watch a squirrel chew on my privates.
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just dont spoil the story pls.....that was one of the best book series i had read in a long while
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I love King's books, he's my favorite writer and I have already read five of the seven books of The Dark Tower series, it's awsome! However, I must say that I'm a bit concerned when it comes to adaptations, it turns out that few books are well adapted to the movies. Usually, it is really hard to "translate" the book into a movie, and I just can't help from thinking that The Dark Tower is so deep and so full of fantasy, that it might be better left untouched.
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In my mind all that positive buzz about Dark Tower is actually about The Walking Dead. Which it would be if there was any fairness in the world, since it's the only one of those two properties that is actually a well written piece of literature.
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I will definitely be checking that out when it arrives on tv.
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Wow perfect news.Hope it will capture the atmosphere of the books.....
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Sounds interesting
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turning seven books into one film? unlikely. another series of epics seems to make more sense.
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Interesting.
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