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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby Froggy on Fri Apr 30, 2010 1:03 pm

An animated dark tower series would be pretty awesome. Although it would take some of the gravitas away from each individual book. And you'd need at least 3 hours just for book 7. A lot of stuff happens in that book. If it were an hour long show on premium cable, it could break down like this-

Episode 1- the entire gunslinger book. The Tull events could be shortened a bit, and the focus could be more on meeting jake, and pursuing walter.

Episode 2- drawing eddie

Espisode 3- drawing odetta be the rest of book 2

Episode 4- finding the beam/shardik

Episode 5- drawing jake, headed to lud.

Episode 6-lud and Blaine the mono

Episode 7-9 wolves of the calla. They could cut out wizard and glass, and do that stuff in season 2

Episodes 10-11 song of susannah

Episode 12 algul siento

Episode 13 saving the author/ Roland in the keystone world

Episodes 14 up through dandelo

Episode 15- big finale.

I think most premium cable shows run 10-15 eps per season. Needless to say, a 15 hour epic animated series would be a huge undertaking.
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby AlexPKeaton on Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:43 pm

In a whopping deal coming together quickly, Stephen King, Imagine Entertainment and Weed Road are in discussions to make a screen trilogy and TV series out of King's epic novel series The Dark Tower. Akiva Goldsman will write the script, Ron Howard will direct it, and his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer will produce with Goldsman and King.

Universal is in talks to acquire a package that included the books, and the attachment of the team behind the Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code. Both Universal –where Imagine is based—and Warner Bros—where Goldsman’s Weed Road banner is housed—have been vying for the project.

The Dark Tower is King’s answer to JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and the author will get his own screen trilogy. Like Tolkien, King's epic novel series is set in an otherworldly but familiar world, and involves a quest to save the world. The series spanned seven novels that involved Roland Deschain, the last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers who exists in a world that has an Old West feel, but which is infused with magic. He is on a quest to find the Dark Tower, a structure that holds the key to the nexus of all universes. He encounters many allies and enemies along the way, as the world crumbles around him.

The book series was once developed by JJ Abrams and his Lost cohorts Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, but they never cracked it. Goldsman, who has become a prolific producer, was the catalyst for securing the rights from King, and he brought it to Howard and Grazer. It was not immediately evident how large the transaction was, but King has often optioned his works for little or no money upfront, and reportedly he bestowed the rights on Abrams for $19, a number which has significance in the novel series. King is working on an eighth novel, one that doesn't change the ending, but deals with characters and a storyline that falls midway in the series. CAA is working on the deal.


http://www.deadline.com/2010/04/stephen ... -mind-trio
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby eddysnake on Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:51 pm

I got no problems with Ron Howard directing, i think that's a pretty good sign
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby Shyster on Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:56 pm

Spoiler:
Will Stephen King play Stephen King?
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby AlexPKeaton on Fri Apr 30, 2010 3:01 pm

Shyster wrote:
Spoiler:
Will Stephen King play Stephen King?


He has to!

I just wish they did this 10 years ago when Clint Eastwood could do it. Roland IS Clint Eastwood.
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby Froggy on Fri Apr 30, 2010 3:26 pm

still trying out how they're going to tell this story in 3 movies. you'd have to have the first movie go up to the calla, i guess... maybe have the first half of the first movie be about the drawings and then the second going through lud, blaine, and topeka. the 2nd movie is wolves of the calla ans song of susannah, and the 3rd is dark tower. that could work, i guess, if you cut out all the flashbacks(not only the mejis stuff in book 4, but the entire tull sequence in book 1)... still a lot of story to cram in 3 movies, even if you do the 3.5 hr lord of the rings type movies.
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby shafnutz05 on Fri Apr 30, 2010 3:32 pm

Clint Eastwood as Roland.......good God that would be amazing
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby Froggy on Fri Apr 30, 2010 4:01 pm

for some reason, i keep thinking kevin bacon for roland. that seems pretty random, but he was pretty badass in death sentence
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby eddysnake on Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:25 pm

Universal Pictures and NBC Universal Television Entertainment have closed a deal to turn Stephen King’s mammoth novel series The Dark Tower into a feature film trilogy and a network TV series, both of which will be creatively steered by the Oscar-winning team behind A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code.

Ron Howard has committed to direct the initial feature film, as well as the first season of the TV series that will follow in close proximity. Akiva Goldsman will write the film, and the first season of the TV series. Howard’s Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer will produce, with Goldsman and the author.


http://www.deadline.com/2010/09/universal-lands-stephen-kings-the-dark-tower-and-plans-unprecedented-featurenetwork-tv-adaptation/#more-65742

Sounds interesting, don't think we've ever really seen something like this before. what do you think? I'm just glad we will finally get to see something...
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby shafnutz05 on Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:26 pm

eddysnake wrote:
Universal Pictures and NBC Universal Television Entertainment have closed a deal to turn Stephen King’s mammoth novel series The Dark Tower into a feature film trilogy and a network TV series, both of which will be creatively steered by the Oscar-winning team behind A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code.

Ron Howard has committed to direct the initial feature film, as well as the first season of the TV series that will follow in close proximity. Akiva Goldsman will write the film, and the first season of the TV series. Howard’s Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer will produce, with Goldsman and the author.


http://www.deadline.com/2010/09/universal-lands-stephen-kings-the-dark-tower-and-plans-unprecedented-featurenetwork-tv-adaptation/#more-65742

Sounds interesting, don't think we've ever really seen something like this before. what do you think? I'm just glad we will finally get to see something...


OH. MY. GOD.

I pray that this comes to fruition and turns out beautifully. That would be just awesome.
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby Froggy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:29 pm

:shock:

it's definitely something they're going to have to commit some major time, money, and talent towards to make it work properly. If they pull it off, it will be AMAZING
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby eddysnake on Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:29 pm

heres the setup

According to Deadline, the format of the adaptation, which follows a knightly gunslinger’s quest to find the Dark Tower in order to save humanity, will unfold as follows: It will kick off with a theatrical feature, followed then by a season of TV episodes. That season will transition into the second feature film. Once released, a second season of TV episodes will once again follow up that film, this time putting its focus on the lead character, Deschain, as “a young gunslinger” (the story behind which will be informed by Stephen King’s prequel comic books). Lastly, a final film will round out the series, returning to the aged Deschain as he completes his journey.

Read more: Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’ Feature Trilogy and TV Series Moving Forward with Ron Howard at the Helm | /Film http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/09/08/ste ... z0yz3OVK00
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby shafnutz05 on Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:31 pm

I think the best actor to play Roland Deschain would be a relative no-name.
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby eddysnake on Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:34 pm

shafnutz05 wrote:I think the best actor to play Roland Deschain would be a relative no-name.


I kinda agree with you, but I could see Viggo Mortensen pulling it off...
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby Froggy on Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:36 pm

Is it weird that i was thinking kevin bacon for roland? I think that would be a very interesting casting choice. He's done the whole axe crazy guns a'blazin' bad ass in death sentence. i think he could pull it off.
Spoiler:
plus, his 'footloose' days might come in handy if they do the commala scene from Wolves...



edit... i forgot i already posted that on the same page... pretty embarassing, but in my defense, it was months ago
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby shafnutz05 on Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:37 pm

eddysnake wrote:
shafnutz05 wrote:I think the best actor to play Roland Deschain would be a relative no-name.


I kinda agree with you, but I could see Viggo Mortensen pulling it off...


Viggo....I like it. He is a true badass
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby Dickie Dunn on Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:09 pm

I've always wanted to read the series but just haven't gotten around to it. I guess the real question is what version of Akiva Goldsman shows up to write the screenplays. Is it the Cinderella Man/A Beautiful Mind version, or the Batman and Robin/I Am Legend/Angels & Demons version. That will be the biggest factor in the quality of the series.
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby Hockeynut! on Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:18 pm

I love this idea for the most part. Not entirely sure about the comic book part. I mean, there is a LOT of material in the books already. Do they really need to include more? I just hope we don't see a bunch of stuff from the books get cut out.

As for who will play Roland... I always pictured Roland as OLD. I thought Clint Eastwood in the early 1980s would have been a perfect Roland. I think Bacon or Viggo are too young. They just don't have that weathered, been around forever kind of look that I thought Roland had in the books. Or maybe I just pictured him wrong. :)
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby eddysnake on Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:29 am

Hockeynut! wrote:I love this idea for the most part. Not entirely sure about the comic book part. I mean, there is a LOT of material in the books already. Do they really need to include more? I just hope we don't see a bunch of stuff from the books get cut out.



this is what scares me a little. Theres 7 books. the plan is 3 movies and 2 seasons of tv. That means squeezing 3 books (and a comic) into 1 feature somewhere. Being on NBC, you know they are going to have to tone down a lot of the stuff too. I know there is a big fanbase for the Dark Tower, but they need to hit a homerun with this thing really early so it doesn't hurt the chances of it getting finished. I'm excited that something it finally happening, but I'd prefer it to be done right.
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby PensFanInDC on Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:09 am

What it looks like to me is:

Movie 1 - Gunslinger/Drawing of the Three

TV Series Season 1 - Waste Lands

Movie 2 - Wolves of the Calla/Beginning of Song of Susannah

TV Series Season 2 - Wizard and Glass (Roland as a youth)

Movie 3 - Rest of Song of Susannah and The Dark Tower


This could work if done right. It puts things a tad out of order (putting the Wizard and Glass flashback after Wolves), but that does not mess with the story line.

Spoiler:
I assume King will play himself in the film but it would require a lot of makeup to make him look like he's 30 years old again.
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby PensFanInDC on Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:05 am

I have a list of my all time choices for Dark Tower characters but most are passed the time when they could play the part. Johnny Depp as Eddie for instance and Clint Eastwood for Roland.

My choices for actors:

Eddie
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Susannah
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Steven Deschain (small part, but I always saw him in this role)
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Roland
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No idea for Jake. Whoever plays him will have to be able to stay looking like an 11 year old kid for 5 years
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby Froggy on Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:17 pm

PensFanInDC wrote:What it looks like to me is:

Movie 1 - Gunslinger/Drawing of the Three

TV Series Season 1 - Waste Lands

Movie 2 - Wolves of the Calla/Beginning of Song of Susannah

TV Series Season 2 - Wizard and Glass (Roland as a youth)

Movie 3 - Rest of Song of Susannah and The Dark Tower


This could work if done right. It puts things a tad out of order (putting the Wizard and Glass flashback after Wolves), but that does not mess with the story line.

Spoiler:
I assume King will play himself in the film but it would require a lot of makeup to make him look like he's 30 years old again.


you just listed my biggest problem with this concept. The first movie being the first 2 books, and the Waste Lands being on TV. IMO, Waste Lands is the best book of the 7, and I would really hate to see a watered down version of it on TV. Now, if it works out where it is a good thing that they are able to take the extra time from a TV series to really capture the minor details, that would be great. But i think it would lose the epicness that a full movie would have.
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby canaan on Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:27 pm

as i am with all stephen king books-to-films, i am a bit worried that this is gonna be a trainwreck.

you guys watching haven at all (based on the colorado kid)?
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby shafnutz05 on Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:28 pm

Transferring The Dark Tower from novel form to film is beyond daunting
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Re: The Dark Tower

Postby eddysnake on Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:48 pm

Froggy wrote:
you just listed my biggest problem with this concept. The first movie being the first 2 books, and the Waste Lands being on TV. IMO, Waste Lands is the best book of the 7, and I would really hate to see a watered down version of it on TV. Now, if it works out where it is a good thing that they are able to take the extra time from a TV series to really capture the minor details, that would be great. But i think it would lose the epicness that a full movie would have.


I agree with you. Besides the 1st book, Waste Lands is also my fave. I'd love for the Waste Lands to get an entire season on tv (If it was HBO or AMC), I'm not really sold on NBC though...

A couple other problems I see:

they are probably going to go for a PG13 rating to get more of an audience

you would think they would want a name actor to carry this thing, is a big name actor going to settle for 2 season of tv?
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