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.