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Aaron Paul Says He's Had "A Ton Of Meetings" With Ron Howard For 'The Dark Tower' As Project May Be Back On

by Cain Rodriguez
January 23, 2014 9:23 AM
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Last time we checked in on the long-brewing ambitious adaptation of “The Dark Tower,” Ron Howard had been courting streaming giant Netflix but word at the time was to wait until all the madness surrounding season four of “Arrested Development” died down before seriously considering anything. And here we are, six months later, with news that seems to point to actual progress on the iconic Stephen King saga.

Stumping for “Hellion”at the Sundance Film Festivalread our review hereAaron Paul spoke with Ain’t It Cool News (via Hey U Guys) about a series of meetings regarding a character that’s a fan favorite. Apparently, like many King fans who tuned into “Breaking Bad,” Howard thought Paul would be a canny fit for the former-heroin-addict-turned-gunslinger Eddie Dean, or as Paul put it: “I’ve had a ton of meetings on that. I just had a general sit down with Ron Howard, who is a huge fan of the show ('Breaking Bad,' naturally), which is such a crazy thing to even think that Ron Howard even knows who I am. They’re definitely planning on making it. I’m excited.”

And that’s not the only actor Howard’s been keeping up with, at least if Schmoes Know (via JoBlo) is to believed. According to the site’s source—meaning, taking this with a grain of salt—Liam Neeson “is interested” in taking on the project, presumably as the series’ lead Roland. The source also says that the “Rush” director “is going to make this with MRC and Imagine for around $60 million or so. And he’s likely doing this next. There’s going to be a TV series as well since it’s MRC and I’m thinking it may end up being at Netflix.” While we don’t doubt there is some actual movement happening on the project, we just can’t see how a potential franchise starter—Paul said “their goal is to do three films”—could make do with anything less than $60 million, even if Howard’s last film was independently financed for $38 million. Besides, as the past years have shown, everything is far from certain when it comes to “The Dark Tower.”

Thoughts? Do you want to see an Aaron Paul and Liam Neeson led "The Dark Tower"? Hit us up below.

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  • curtis woods | July 21, 2014 4:41 PMReply

    And considering I am a huge fan of stephen king and a 3ven bigger fan of the dark tower series I hope the makers of this productoin take the publics, and kings ideas into the film, hopefully it is still in productpin necuase this seriea could be a huge hit

  • curtis woods | July 21, 2014 4:37 PMReply

    I think anson mount would fit the role of roland perfectly, or someone who looks the exact same and has the same acting style as him. Gritty, can hold and show emotoin and is about the right age for roland

  • Mike | March 29, 2014 12:04 AMReply

    Aaron Paul for Eddie yes but not Liam Neesan for Roland...WTF. How about Anson Mount from Hell On Wheels.

  • @kikewb | March 27, 2014 1:18 PMReply

    delta214 thinks that Breaking Bad continued to the Dark Tower. How the hell do you think Bryan would be Roland?

  • keith hickey | February 12, 2014 3:41 PMReply

    How about Timothy Olyphant as Roland?

  • Harrison | February 4, 2014 7:43 PMReply

    I love when Anson Mount's agent posts here.

    Folks, Anson Mount is not playing the lead in any A-list movie. Not now, not ever.

  • diana | January 31, 2014 5:36 AMReply

    Anson Mount would be perfect as Roland. Aaron and Anson will have great chemistry together.

  • JUSTIN | January 28, 2014 7:32 PMReply

    I think Anson Mount from Hell on Wheels would play an excellent Roland. As I read through the series, the entire time Roland was Anson Mount in my mind. He has the acting chops, the look, and I think can play the role of Roland perfectly!!!

    Funnily enough after watching Breaking Bad Aaron Paul was Eddie Dean in my mind as well. He was made for this role!!!


    Please find a better Roland then this -->

  • Cam | January 30, 2014 4:00 AM

    You sir, are exactly right about Anson for Roland. I just can't see a better match. Any other actor would just be too dramatic, and quite possibly ruin the movie for me. I feel like he could be real enough to capture this role. We should make this heard.

  • Melissa | January 27, 2014 7:16 PMReply

    I know some might not think so. But after seeing g Daniel Craig in "Cowboys vs Aliens" I think he would be awesome!

  • Tom Yablonski | January 25, 2014 2:03 PMReply

    Javier Bardem as Roland

  • Oy | January 25, 2014 8:10 AMReply

    No way does Liam Neeson fit the role of Roland. But I was beyond excited when I heard Aaron was the favorite to play Eddie; I can't imagine a more perfect fit after watching him in Breaking Bad. Viggo would be an interesting fit, and so would Owen, but it's going to be tough for any actor to fully portray just how deep and iconic of a character that is Roland Deschain. Regardless, I'm just excited they're making progress with the films/TV series.

  • Dude | January 25, 2014 5:18 AMReply

    Clive Owen for Roland! No way does Liam fit that character.

  • Guy 2 | January 24, 2014 11:06 PMReply

    Liam Neeson would not have been my first pick but it could be worse. Viggo or Bale would be better. The best possible scenario ( with the help of a time machine ) being a nineteen eighties Clint Eastwood as Roland and a nineteen nineties Leonardo Decaprio as Eddie.

  • Guy | January 23, 2014 5:52 PMReply

    Anson Mount is the Actor this saga deserves.

  • Cam | January 30, 2014 4:06 AM

    Right you are, and Anson Mount deserves this saga. They were made for each other.

  • That Kid | January 23, 2014 12:52 PMReply

    I figured it be too similar to Jesse Pinkman so I never thought of Paul as a realistic contender. He'd be great in the role. I hope Viggo Mortensen or Christian Bale are considered for Roland

  • gnau | January 27, 2014 1:04 AM

    Yess Viggo would be perfect.

  • delta214 | January 23, 2014 10:22 AMReply

    He would be a PERFECT Eddie Dean! I really hope this film gets made but please not Liam Neeson as Roland. Imagine Bryan Cranston as Roland...

  • The Nick | January 29, 2014 4:30 PM

    Really? Cranston as Roland? No Sir. I'm guessing you never actually read the books. Besides while Neeson wouldnt be my first choice I would certainly rather have him as Roland than Bryan Cranston.

  • caro | January 23, 2014 11:42 AM

    Are you really read the books?

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