I’m very happy to see a Dark Tower project that is more than just rumor, and intrigued by the movie/tv series combo simply because no project has been done that way before. I’ll be waiting in anticipation for casting news and every last little image that is released during production, in much the same way I did with the LOTR films.
On the other hand, I am very concerned that this is an NBC/Howard project. NBC (or any of the networks, really) is NOT the right venue for this story. Howard comes across to me as a very “safe” director, and the sort of insane twists and turns in the Dark Tower series are really not in his bailiwick. And, for every A Perfect Mind or Apollo 13 on his resume, there’s a How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Then again, looking at his resume, I didn’t realize he directed Willow, so maybe there is hope.
Akiva Goldsman as writer could be disastrous too… He has written for Fringe, which is a show I love, and he has great work like Cinderella Man and A Beautiful Mind on his resume. But also stinker adaptations like I, Robot , Lost in Space, and I am Legend. And most disturbingly of all… Batman Forever and Batman and Robin (!!!)
I also wonder how casting is going to turn out. Will they be able to land any stars for this sort of mixed media project? We may as well start the speculation, we haven’t had a “Cast The Dark Tower” thread in a long time.
I suppose Ryan Reynolds has grown too big for the part of Eddie, huh? And Alfre Woodard has gotten a little too old for Detta/Odetta/Susannah? … Hmm, then I got nothin’.