Ron Howard Interviewed by Howard Stern

January 15, 2011

in Crew, Interviews, TV

Howard Stern Photo

Earlier this week Ron Howard joined Howard Stern on his morning show (Sirius XM) and gave us a few more juicy Dark Tower morsels to chew on. Although the focus of the interview was to promote Howard’s latest comedy The Dilemma, he said that his plan for the Dark Tower TV series, to take place between the first two movies, was to run it as a 6 hour mini-series – a lot can be said in six hours of TV so this is great to hear.

Howard also expanded on his previous comments that Viggo Mortensen and Javier Bardem are front runners to take on the role of Roland Deschain but also that, “there are other names on the list.”

According to the interview transcript (see below), Howard speculated that the names were leaked possibly through the actor’s agents.

“They [Mortensen and Bardem] are both artists, and so are some of the other people we’re thinking of. But this is the situation. They have to see, in this case, that we’re using both mediums to really tell a story and [commit for years]”

As I wasn’t able to catch the show myself, I’ve copied a (partial) transcript of the Ron Howard interview below.

I don’t know if it’s going to happen or not, but I’m developing with Akiva Goldsman, the guy who wrote A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man, a version of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series of fantasy stories And there is an element of it, if everything goes as planned, that we would like to do on tv. So we want to do part of it big screen, and then a lot of the character stuff–because Stephen King’s stuff is so interesting and fascinating, and instead of trying to wedge it into a movie, let the movies be adventure and action.

Commenting on which television network would be used Howard stated, “[I] can’t go into the specifics of it, but NBC/Universal is doing it, and I think they’ll be able to look at all of their television networks and see where it belongs.

The /Film, from which the transcript comes, also spoke with a fan who caught a moment with Howard after the interview;

In a way it’s Stephen King’s life work. He’s woven those characters in and around so many stories…Hey look, there is always a risk when you adapt something and books are challenges. But I think a movie idea is there and if I have my way, and if everything goes according to plan, which is of course a big if–we’ll be doing movies, we’ll be doing television, and all of that isn’t just [to make money] but all of that is to be as comprehensive as possible. The idea of doing part of it on the big screen and part of it on television is to try to include absolutely as much of the books, and even the graphic novels, as possible.

JKnaak January 17, 2011 at 10:24 am

I really like Howard’s comments and his vision for the adaptation. I really hope this gets the green light the way he has it planned!! Thanks for the great blog!! What other TV stations do NBC/Universal run? I could really see this fitting well with AMC

O.M.F.G. January 17, 2011 at 10:39 pm

boo to Ron Howard.
and boo to the way they are adapting this story.

too bad they couldn’t get it right.

fck hollywood.

Sebastiaan Koome January 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Please!!!! Don’t let this guy Direct the saga!
Please let Frank Darabont do it!

Philipp Renken January 22, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Funny, when I read the novels, I always imagined Viggo Mortensen as Roland. Hope he’s getting the role.

Becki January 22, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I am so excited to see this finally becoming a movie! I do have 1 suggestion, and that is Hugh Jackman as Roland. The first choice would be Clint Eastwood but he’s obviously getting a little up in the years. Hugh looks like a young Clint & would fit the part perfectly!

joe January 24, 2011 at 2:57 am


DW January 25, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Christian Bale would make a good Roland, check 3:10 to Yuma out.

DW January 25, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Too Bad J.J. Abrams is out of the loop…

TheDude January 26, 2011 at 2:32 am

Roland : Javier Bardem, he has the voice, the look, and his acting is phenominal!
Susannah : Naomie Harris, you’d know her from the Pirates movies, she is both beautiful and threatening. Absolutely nesessary for Susannah.
Eddie : James Franco, He’s got the acting skill to pull off a humorous Eddie but the ability to do his serious parts as well.
Jake : Freddie Highmore, Excellent actor for his age and I think he’d fit the part very well.

Tower Junkie January 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Here is my short Wish list for who would make a good Roland.
Christain Bale
Josh Brolin
Brad Pit
Viggo Mortenson
Hugh Jackman

But, obivously Pitt and Bale would cost mucho$$$ and have other commitments and not have the time. Plus, would they do TV?

GoodMan January 27, 2011 at 10:31 am

Javier Bardem is Roland…

crimsontower February 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm

they should use no-names for this, it would keep people from commenting on which big name would be better while watching and would help keep a serious tone throughout it all but if you would have to pick big names

roland is hard he has to look like that line between young and old(wise) at the same time, I’ll know him when I see him
timothy olyphant is to young to play roland but he might do for an eddie
you guys have seen the youtube fanfic trailers, halle berry would make a prime susannah
jeff bridges maybe as Callahan he might even be able to pull of a roland with some cgi but I doubt it
baby face jake has the same problem roland has, he has to be young but look wise(older) at times

this just brings me back to my point about new faces it is just to hard to find big names that fit these slots just right

Zdenek March 24, 2011 at 8:42 am

Jeff Fahey is absolutely perfect for the role of Roland.
Viggo is good but not as Roland.
I think someone less known should play Roland. SOmeone you won’t associate with some different big character he played right away.
Fahey is not well known and he has every attribute of Roland. Just watch him in Machette (2010)

steve March 28, 2011 at 6:19 pm

they are on the right path with Bardem, but we need the american version. Jeffery Dean Morgan from Supernatural and Watchmen.

DTJunkie April 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm

When Christian Bale and Viggo Mortensen were announced as possibilities to play Roland Deschain, I thought the better of those two choices would be Viggo. However, when Javier Bardem was announced, I did a complete double-take. I thought about it for a while and thought, “My Lord, he’s actually perfect! He’s got the gruff look, the gruff voice, and he’s a good size.” (Roland is a rather large man, not Michael Clarke Duncan-huge, but you get the idea.) Anywho, in my belief, Javier Bardem is perfect for the role of Roland. As for Eddie, Susannah and Jake, I hope to God they don’t eff up those roles with shoddy actors.

Val April 19, 2011 at 4:50 pm

I read somewhere that the following are on the shortlist as choices for the other DT main characters:
Susannah: Oprah Winfrey (Love her, but she’s too old! Susannah needs to be young and athletic — Jada Pinkett Smith? or Zoe Saldana?
Eddie: Ray Romano (are you kidding me? also too old. I immediately thought of James Franco as a perfect choice…funny but a great actor)
Jake: Justin Bieber (too bad Leonardo DiCaprio grew up. He would have been perfect!)

Sy Gunslinger October 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Im not worried about actor choice I have faith in steve and ron.
Lets just get this project going, I can’t wait ………………
PS any magic doors around ?

MICHAEL ROCCO of Long Island, NY March 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I think that HBO will do a Great job of filling in the Gap of THE DARK TOWER Storyline between a Trilogy of BIG Screen Movies.
HBO Does Great Work and I am Happy that HBO will be the Network to take this Project on.

I just Hope That what ever Network or Director stays True to The Book and


Sue July 27, 2016 at 4:07 pm

Can’t believe no one thought of Clive Owen for Roland.