It’s been months since we’ve heard any news about The Dark Tower, Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman’s ambitious multi-tiered adaptation of Stephen King’s fantasy series. In fact, after financing fell through during the project’s most recent iteration, many assumed it had fallen by the wayside and would languish in development hell for the rest of eternity. Apparently not.
While speaking with AICN at Sundance, Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul revealed that he’s been approached about the project. Here’s the quote:
Quint: For what it’s worth when I watched the first season of Breaking Bad I immediately thought you’d be perfect as Eddie Dean in a Dark Tower movie. I don’t know if you’ve read those books…
Aaron Paul: I have not read them all. He shows up midway through the second book, right?
Quint: Yes. I know it’s typecasting a little bit, but you’d be my choice for the part.
Aaron Paul: Thank you. 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.
Quint: It’s such a tough series to crack, man. I don’t envy them trying to make it work.
Aaron Paul: I’m excited. Their goal is to do three films, but also have a television element to it, which will be very interesting. From what I hear, Eddie Dean is a pretty epic, iconic character.
Quint: You should definitely pick up the books. He’s really the heart and clear conscience of the group. Eddie’s a really complex and interesting character. He gets to have a great romance… It’s a good role is what I’m saying, so don’t turn it down when they offer it to you!
Aaron Paul: (laughs) Definitely will not!
As a huge fan of the novels, I can definitely get behind this casting choice (if it comes to fruition, of course). The Dark Tower has been struggling through the development process for years, with various actors attached at different points, but nothing has gotten off the ground. Here’s hoping that Paul’s meeting with Howard is a sign that things are starting to move forward.