Aaron Paul is a busy man in the wake of Breaking Bad’s finale last year – he’s set to headline the upcoming Need for Speed movie, and he’s currently at Sundance, promoting his work in a film called Hellion. While there, the actor dropped a very interesting bombshell during an interview with AICN’s Quint. If you love Stephen King and have been yearning for an update on the whole plan to bring The Dark Tower to the screen, you’re going to want to read this.
During the course of their chat, Quint mentions that he thinks Paul would be perfect to play Eddie Dean – one of the most important characters in King’s epic fantasy tale. Paul then discloses the following:
“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.”
He goes on to add:
“I'm excited. Their goal is to do three films, but also have a television element to it, which will be very interesting.”
The two main takeaways here? Paul appears to be in the running for the part – which is a really good casting call – and it appears as though the idea of doing three films and a television tie-in is still alive. This news comes after the project, which was set up at Universal, was put into turnaround when the studio got nervous about the budget commitment the series would require.
Warner Bros. was reportedly interested, but mostly in scrapping the film angle and making the books into a television series for a network like HBO. Things then got quiet, but Howard revealed last year that he and his team were still working on getting their vision to the screen. Perhaps attaching someone like Aaron Paul could make the project a little less terrifying to the bean counters.
It’s probably not time to start lining up for tickets for the premiere of The Dark Tower – and Paul might not even be cast if the films ever do get made – but this bit of news reveals that Howard is still hard at work on the series, and that we might eventually get to see one of King’s masterworks adapted for the big and small screen.
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