We've made a lot of jokes at CraveOnline about The Dark Tower rising and falling, over and over again, ad nauseum. We thought we could finally put the metaphor to rest, until today. Deadline reports that Warner Bros. is receiving a new script from screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (Batman and Robin, The Da Vinci Code) that could make or break the adaptation from director Ron Howard. But the more significant news is that the star they are considering to headline the ambitious project – which was originally to consist of three motions pictures and two TV mini-series linking them – is none other than Russell Crowe, who previously starred in Ron Howard's Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind.
To clarify, Crowe is not yet officially attached to the ambitious project, but Javier Bardem – who previously was attached to star as Roland Deschain, the last of the fabled "gunslingers" who must travel to the eponymous spire to save the world – is most definitely out. Bardem was considered a controversial choice for the lead role by fans of the best-selling novels. Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman were pretty controversial to begin with. We await the legions of Stephen King disciples to bestow their approval or disdain on the new choice of lead actor, whether or not he officially signs.
CraveOnline will be back with more The Dark Tower news as soon as we find a truly original idea.