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Save the Dark Tower! Save the Dark Tower!

I’ve honestly run out of Dark Tower pictures from writing articles about how many times this damned is happening and then isn’t happening and then is happening again – 4/8/11, 5/6/11, 7/20/11 – but hey, there’s more casting news to report…. recasting that is. It would appear that ‘Maximus’ himself – Russell Crowe will be taking the place of Javier Bardem as the badass gunslinger and main character ‘Roland Deschain’. Of course this is all just speculation at this point.

According to IGN, Akiva Goldsmith is ready to hand over his script to Warner Bros for approval, and a decision should be coming in the next couple weeks. I’m hoping they either definitively move on with this project, or scrap the damned thing for good because it’s been talked about for so long. Will Goldsmith’s script make the cut with Warner Bros? Goldsmith is of course the scribe behind screenplays for movies such as I am Legend, I Robot and The Da Vinci Code. He has also written for one of Dr. Kronner’s favorite movies, Batman and Robin. Take those accomplishments as you will. Even though Goldsmith has an ugly turd like Batman and Robin under his belt, he has also written numerous episodes of the much loved Sci-Fi TV show Fringe. Is that enough to wash away the bad?

Whether you enjoy Goldsmith as a writer or not, I’m sort of relieved that Bardem is now out of the picture. Not that I didn’t love his creepy hitman role in No Country for Old Men, but the guy from Eat Pray Love just didn’t have my confidence for a project of this magnitude. At least with Crowe we know he can play a bad ass and can do it well for three movies and possible a TV series. Crowe is on schedule for a bit of a comeback after serving up such mediocrity as American Gangster and Robin Hood in recent years. He’ll be all set to knock our socks off as the Gunslinger once his turn as Jor’El in Man of Steel hopefully restores him to prominence.

Is anyone else wanting this project to move forward? Personally I think it’s a huge gamble like New Line did with Lord of the Rings, and look at how that paid off for them. Warner Bros needs to grow a pair and take a chance because I’m sure even if it fails, their coffers won’t hardly take a dent. You know they’re still swimming in money like old Scrooge McDuck from the Harry Potter and Dark Knight income. Sound off below and let us know where you stand!

Edgar Wright’s ‘Ant-Man’ Close to Ready, but ‘The World’s End’ with Pegg/Frost Beckons First…

The Avengers has decided to earn a decent amount of change over the last week (probably the GDP of most small countries but minor details) so what’s next? Obviously we have Iron Man 3, followed by Thor 2, then Captain America 2, and another Avengers, but could there possibly be something more added to the mix? Edgar Wright shared a pic on his twitter detailing that since Disney and Marvel are all going Scrooge McDuck and diving and swimming in their profits, they decided to give Wright some confidence in his Ant-Man project. Yes, that one that has been in the works seemingly forever. But it would make sense to get him to the next Avengers movie. Also money talks. That too.

But first, and possibly more importantly, it looks like Edgar Wright is reuniting with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to finish what they started. They are coming together again to write and shoot The World’s End by the end of the year for a Spring 2013 release. Yes, you may geek out. Details you ask? Look below my friends via EW and Deadline:

20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.

Yep. it’ll be cool. I’m glad Edgar Wright has a few jobs because we need him out there. Just because Scott Pilgrim solidified him as one of my favorite directors out there. He’s out there for the greater good. The greater good.