I believe the same will happen with The Dark Tower movies becuase the project is being put in the hands of a successful director with decades of experience in the film and entertainment industry, Ron Howard. I think it's fitting that Ron Howard has the opportunity to shape a movie about The Gunslinger, since he once co-stared in a western movie with one of the greatest Hollywood gunslingers of all time, John Wayne, in the Shootist. As far as who will play the part of Roland Deschain, it's been recently reported that Javier Bardem, who starred in "No Country for Old Men", has been offered the role. Bardem's gruff demeanor and familiarity with movies in barren western landscapes makes him a great fit. When I first read The Gunslinger and knew it was loosely based off of the Spaghetti Westerns, I always pictured Roland as Clint Eastwood. Obviously, he is too old to play the part and I think the pick of Javier Bardem has definite potential. The only problem is, what are they going to do about Roland's hauntingly blue eyes. Maybe that can somehow be entered in as some sort of special effect, since Bardem has brown eyes.
As I read through the entire series of The Dark Tower books, starting with The Gunslinger, I will post my progress. I will also chronical my adventures by offering a synopsis of each book on different pages of this blog. I want to share the experience with other Dark Tower fans who are interested in revisiting this epic story. We can even form our own ka-tet as we live in anticipation of the upcoming Dark Tower Movies.