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The Star Wars Films That Never Got Made

6 December 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway looks at possible Star Wars films that never quite made it to the big screen…

This week brought us the intriguing news that George Lucas offered Ron Howard the chance to direct The Phantom Menace. It’s an odd choice at first glance; in the late 1990s Howard was directing films like Ransom and Edtv, but Lucas probably chose him because of their past together; Howard had starred in American Graffiti and directed Willow for Lucasfilm, though given the interminable politics of the first Star Wars prequel, maybe Lucas wanted the man who would go on to direct Frost/Nixon at the helm. Howard also revealed that he was Lucas’s third choice to direct the film, after Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis. This might suggest that Lucas wasn’t interested in directing again – and the gap between directing the first Star Wars film and The Phantom Menace corroborates this. »

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Movie News: Matthew McConaughey Eyed for 'The Dark Tower'; See 'Star Wars' Fighters That Landed in Singapore

17 November 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The Dark Tower: Matthew McConaughey is under consideration to star in The Dark Tower, based on the series by Stephen King. Reportedly, the actor has been offered his choice of roles, either the heroic Roland Deschain or the villainous 'Man in Black.' Nikolaj Arcel is set to direct the movie, which is envisioned as a franchise-starter that will also embrace a TV series; producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer previously worked with McConaughey on 1999's EdTV. The Dark Tower is scheduled for release on January 13, 2017. [The Wrap/Variety]   Star Wars: In advance of the theatrical bow of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18, rebel pilots and stormtroopers joined together to welcome the arrival of a life-sized X-Wing fighter and an Imperial Tie fighter from...

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News Briefs: Matthew McConaughey Eyed for 'The Dark Tower'

16 November 2015 8:07 PM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

The Dark Tower: Matthew McConaughey is under consideration to star in The Dark Tower, based on the series by Stephen King. Reportedly, the actor has been offered his choice of roles, either the heroic Roland Deschain or the villainous "Man in Black." Nikolaj Arcel is set to direct the movie, which is envisioned as a franchise starter that will also embrace a TV series; producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer previously worked with McConaughey on 1999's EdTV. The Dark Tower is...

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The Dark Tower Wants Matthew McConaughey For Villain Role

16 November 2015 4:58 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It seems that Sony and Mrc are looking at Matthew McConaughey for a lead role in their big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. Apparently, producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer want their old EdTV star to sign on for the ambitious project, which would adapt the first book in King’s incredibly popular Dark Tower saga, The Gunslinger.

According to The Wrap, McConaughey has actually been given the choice to play either the hero (Roland Deschain) or the villain (Walter O’Dim/The Man In Black), but is currently leaning towards the latter.

If this sounds somewhat familiar, it’s probably because the Interstellar actor was also being sought for the role of Randall Flagg in another King adaptation, The Stand, but he seemingly declined that offer since it’s still too far away from a shoot date. Oddly enough, however, both Flagg and O’Dim are »

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