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If Crowe is Roland, the movie will get a lot of over-attention. That might actually be a Good Thing.
Since King's already sold the specific rights...we just have to Hope.
Steve thinks he'd do a good job. I told him I'd never been much of a Russell Crowe fan because I think he mumbles too much. His response was, "Weeeellllll, then...." We both chuckled and moved on. If I had to choose between him and Bardem, though, I'd probably go for Crowe based more on a closer physical similarity to my mental image of Roland and hope they do some very good sound editing.
Has Mr. King thought about putting any of his own money in on this, or does he try to keep a wall up between his books and their movies? I have greatly enjoyed Roland's adventures and would give anything to see it on the big screen. A lot of the arguments go back to money issues, budget cuts, etc. If he just got behind this with his own money, could he push it forward himself? I know he doesn't want to commit the next couple of years to getting this made on his own, but it seems to me like he would want to see his "Lord of the Rings" come to life. Just act as a producer, put up some money, take his piece off the ticket receipts, and consult when people had questions. I have been excited to see this get traction over the last couple of years, but man do I hate reading these articles about studios passing on this. I would be throwing money and resources at this.
I didn't read through the several inches thick contract so don't know what arrangements are for his financial participation, if any. His first love is for writing the books, though, not financing film adaptations.