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Universal Pushes Dark Tower To Next Year

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So long as it gets made!

Universal Pictures has decided to push back production on Dark Tower until February to reduce the budget on the series. The Ron Howard-directed adaptation of Stephen King's epic novel was supposed to go up this summer, but money is a bit tight and they want to make sure they are covered for the three feature films and two limited-run TV series deal before forging ahead.

Sounds like you get a summer vacay, Javier Bardem! WooHoo!

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Done Deal! Javier Bardem Will Star In The Dark Tower!

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Welcome to the franchise biz, Bardem!

In what will surely be considered one of the biggest deals this year, Javier Bardem has officially signed on to star in the movie and TV adaptations of Stephen King's Dark Tower. As Ron Howard's first choice for the role, this is a enormous deal for everyone involved and with Javier in place, production on the first movie should begin this September.

Thing is, so far, Javier's contract only has him confirmed for the first movie (three are planned) and the mini-series. We suppose that should this project not blow up like everyone assumes it will, after the first two installments, the studio will cut it's losses and move on.

We doubt that will happen, though. The series has a pretty deep and devoted fan base. No doubt Javier will be locked in for the other two movies shortly after the first reigns supreme at the box-office.

Congrats, Javier!

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Fantasy Fans, Rejoice! Neil Gaiman's American Gods Headed To HBO!

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Much like Dark Tower fans, we're aware that Neil Gaiman followers can be pretty obsessive, so this news should be REALLY exciting to lots of people!

Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman have brought Neil Gaiman's fantasy series American Gods to HBO, which we assume means things will work out for the project. Who says no to Tom Hanks? Seriously?

Looks like Gaiman and renowned cinematographer Robert Richardson will write the pilot together.

For those of you who don't follow cinematographers, Richardson's impressive credits include Hugo Cabret, as well as Kill Bill AND Inglourious Basterds.

The book/potential show's story is about two sets of Gods (traditional and mythological ones). The Gods are "losing steam" because people aren't believing in them anymore, and they're in danger of being replaced by new Gods which "reflect America's preoccupation with technological advancements and obsessions with media, celebrity, technology, and drugs."

The main character in the story is "an ex-con who becomes the traveling partner of a conman who turns out to be one of the older gods trying to recruit troops to battle the upstart deities."

Wow! Quite a premise! Sounds like a good ole' controversial time to us!

We hope they move forward with this. We're intrigued.

Will U watch American Gods if it gets picked up by HBO?

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