Getting Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" novels onscreen has already taken nearly ten years, with multiple false starts, dozens of dead ends.
It's been a torturous process for fans, who are rabid with anticipation and heartbroken every time a new script doesn't pan out. So don't go crazy celebrating this news or anything, you guys, but it looks like the epic series nearly has a director on board.
According to Deadline, Danish director Nikolaj Arcel is being courted to helm at least the first film in the "Dark Tower" franchise. Arcel is best known for directing the original "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," which starred Noomi Rapace as Stieg Larson hacker heroine Lisbeth Salander. He's also a mega-fan of King's novels, making him a great choice in the final push to put the books on the big screen.
Meanwhile, the endless delays in getting "Dark Tower" adapted mean that plenty of names have surfaced over the years as possibilities to play the enigmatic lead role of gunslinger Roland Deschain, from Russell Crowe to Javier Bardem. But now that we're at the tipping point of maybe actually seeing it happen, we're lining up a few good men who could do it justice.
Hardy isn't quite grizzled enough to play the world-weary Deschain right now, but depending upon how long it takes for the new script to be developed, he could be a perfect gunslinger.
Speaking of grizzle, Neeson has plenty, plus the gravitas to be grounding force in King's sprawling fantasy world.
Jackman knows a thing or two about bringing a beloved hero to life on the big screen, and he's going to need something to do after he finishes up with "X-Men."
The "Breaking Bad" star already dipped his toe into the action/fantasy/sci-fi end of the pool with "Godzilla"; if he wants more, anchoring this mammoth franchise would be an excellent next step.
Making a jump from "The Dark Knight" to "The Dark Tower" would hardly be a stretch, since Deschain is a sort of Batman-esque character anyway. Plus, we just have this feeling that Christian Bale really wants to be on this list.
This wouldn't be the first time Bardem's name has come up in connection with "The Dark Tower," but the man described by Stephen King himself as "perfect" has to stay in the running, for obvious reasons.