Wednesday, April 27, 2011
The book series, which stretched over seven novels, will be adapted into a trilogy of films, with two TV miniseries airing to bridge the gaps between novels. Bardem was long time favourite for the role, and while he currently has only signed for the first film and the miniseries, it is intended that he will appear in all of the films. Ron Howard is expected to direct the first film, at least, with Akiva Goldsman and Mark Verheiden writing the screenplays.
I've read all the books, and while I'm hardly a super-fan, I did really quite enjoy them. At least until the final book, which does make some choices that are a little unsatisfying. Bardem is a fantastic actor, and he certainly will bring a lot to the role, but I can't say I really picture him as Roland. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure he'll be great, but whenever I pictured Roland some of the other front-runners fit better; Hugh Jackman or Daniel Craig.
Still, it's an inspired choice, and one that makes sure that at least Roland will be memorable.