Earlier today, we reported that Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul is circling the role of Eddie Dean in Ron Howard's massive adaptation The Dark Tower, which was initially conceived as a three-movie trilogy with two limited-run TV series' to air between the films. Now we have yet another update on the project, with Liam Neeson reportedly interesting in starring, possibly as the nomadic gunslinger Roland Deschain, with Media Rights Capital and Imagine Entertainment looking to shoot the project on a $60 million budget.
Here's what Schmoes Know's mysterious source "The Phantom" had to say, hinting that Netflix may be involved in producing the TV series.
"Ron Howard 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. I hear Liam Neeson is interested."
While "The Phantom" doesn't specifically mention that Liam Neeson is interested in the Roland Deschain role, it's the only part the actor would really be right for. In the Stephen King novels, Roland Deschain is the last in a line of gunslingers, who goes on an epic quest to The Dark Tower, in a last-ditch effort to save all of humanity.
The $60 million budget figure is likely just for the first movie in this The Dark Tower series, although, since Universal dropped the project in 2011 because the budget had spiraled out of control, it appears that the director has found a much more cost-effective way to bring these books to life. This is the first we're hearing of Media Rights Capital providing the financing, and Netflix being involved on the TV side, but, regardless if any of this is true or not, it looks like The Dark Tower is a project that simply refuses to die.