One of the things I love most in this world is Stephen King’s ‘Dark Tower’ book series. Â The first volume , ‘The Gunslinger”, was one of the first books I read by him and I read the first three in rapid succession. Â When I read the fourth book I nearly flipped out. Â Near the end, the main characters end up in a version of Topeka ravaged by the Captain Trips virus from ‘The Stand’. Â This was my first experience with King using his Dark Tower series to crossover with many of this others (to the point of adding ‘Salem’s Lot’ priest as a major character in book 5).
So when I recently heard that plans are proceeding for a film series I was very happy. I was even happier when I heard that the movie series was going to be accompanied by TV miniseries between films. Â That’s about the best plan for telling a seven book story that I can think of. Â And then the best news of all. Javier Bardem has been cast as the main character, Roland Deschain. Â Bardem is best known as the killer in ‘No Country For Old Men’ and he will do a great job in the role. Â I can’t wait to see if they score the acting coup and get Alan Rickman to play Walter/The Man In Black. Â An illustration in the last book of Walter looked so much like Rickman that it couldn’t have been anything but intentional. Â And I would love to see it.