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DARK TOWER Moving Forward

Stephen King's Dark Tower will become movie trilogy and tv series.

By Jarrod Sarafin     April 30, 2010
Source: Deadline NY

Roland in a sea of roses as he stands in End World in Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER(2004).
© Art by Michael Whelan

It looks like the debate as to whether to adapt Stephen King's The Dark Tower series into a movie franchise or a television series is over. The solution? Both. So says Mike Fleming at Deadline New York who's reporting a whopping deal coming together quickly between Stephen King, Imagine Entertainment and Weed Road. The trio are in discussions to make a movie trilogy and TV series out of the author's epic novel series The Dark Tower. While the report doesn't indicate how the book series will be adapted into both formats, it says Akiva Goldsman will write the theatrical script, Ron Howard will direct it, and his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer will produce with Goldsman and King.

Both Universal –where Imagine is based—and Warner Bros—where Goldsman’s Weed Road banner is housed—have been vying for the project.

Like Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings", King's epic novel series is set in an otherworldly but familiar world, and involves a quest to save the world (or multiple worlds). The series spanned seven novels that involved Roland Deschain, the last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers who exists in a world that has an Old West feel, but which is infused with magic. He is on a quest to find the Dark Tower, a structure that holds the key to the nexus of all universes. He encounters many allies and enemies along the way, as the world crumbles around him.

The book series was being adapted by JJ Abrams and his Lost cohorts Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, but they never cracked it. Goldsman, who has become a prolific producer, was the catalyst for securing the rights from King, and he brought it to Howard and Grazer. It was not immediately evident how large the transaction was, but King has often optioned his works for little or no money upfront, and reportedly he bestowed the rights on Abrams for $19, a number which has significance in the novel series. King is working on an eighth novel, one that doesn't change the ending, but deals with characters and a storyline that falls midway in the series.


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BIGGKIDD 4/30/2010 1:43:22 AM

Still dont see this adapting well.  Will have to wait and see I guess.  8th book hmm......

Chopsaki 4/30/2010 1:46:12 AM

Still a little fuzzy on this. Will the tv show build to the movies or are both seperate entities? Either way I wish them luck on this project, there gonna need it.

JarrodSarafin 4/30/2010 2:15:22 AM

That's the $64,000 question, Chopsaki. How the movie and TV series will work together on adapting King's work. And whatever the TV series is going to be based on, I do hope Imagine Entertainment pushes for it to be on a cable channel. HBO, Showtime, etc.

NotAFan 4/30/2010 3:01:30 AM

My guess is that one will languish in development hell forever and the other will end up getting made!

Wiseguy 4/30/2010 4:34:59 AM

I bet the features will be based on the books while the tv series merely follows other stories based on that world and expands on it

I say go for it, stop being so damn scared to fail. People that never fail  never try

Calibur454 4/30/2010 5:19:39 AM

we will have to wait and see it will be interesting to see who gets attached to the series

xpaladinx45 4/30/2010 5:40:18 AM

i will definitely go see it, if for nothing else to see how they do it and how well it translates.  I fear it will be difficult to pull off, but i'm excited to see them try

dragon261 4/30/2010 6:10:26 AM

I've never read the books so I'm not emotionally invested in seeing this come to the big or small screen. But I have read all twelve of the Dresden Files novels it seems to me that series would be a better fit for a movie treatment or take another shot at a tv series (and do it right this time)

TigerPrime 4/30/2010 6:41:26 AM

It'd be nice if they based the movies on the books, and the TV series on the fantastic comic book series that chronicles how Roland became who he is at the start of the first book.

silentjay 4/30/2010 8:46:55 AM

 They have an F'ing hack writing the scripts!  I'm so afraid this is going to turn out very very very and did I mention very F#cking Bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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