Crowe rumoured to be replacing Bardem as antihero, gunslinger Roland Deschain.

Ron Howard’s on-again-off-again multi-platform adaptation of Stephen King’s epic fantasy series ‘The Dark Tower’ looks to be moving forward once again with reports that scribe Akiva Goldsman’s latest draft is due to be delivered to Warner Bros. in the coming weeks.

Once the studio has given the script the once over and evaluated the finances it will decide on whether to green light the ambitious project.

Making things a little trickier is the fact that Javier Bardem appears to have dropped off the project as Deadline has word that Howard and producers Brian Grazer and Goldsman have been talking with their ‘A Beautiful Mind’ star Russell Crowe to take the lead role of gunslinger Roland Deschain. A deal has yet to be inked.

Inspired by the Robert Browning poem, ‘Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,’ Tolkein’s ‘Lord of the Rings,’ and Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Western classics, ‘The Dark Tower’ tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who on quest through Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape in search of the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower.