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Dark Tower Film and TV Series Confirmed
Wow! I totally missed this news somehow. It actually dropped a few weeks ago, but I was probably too busy keeping Gotham safe to notice (my bad!). It's a real shame too, because this news is AWESOME. It's recently been confirmed by THR that Stephen King's epic of epic proportions, The Dark Tower, will be adapted into both a film trilogy and TV series. Amazing. Check out their plan of attack below.
First, Ron Howard will direct a film for Universal, presumably based on The Gunslinger and maybe The Drawing of the Three.
Second, the movie will be followed by a TV series (also directed by Howard) that'll pickup where the film left off.
Third, said TV show will segue into a second film.
Next, a second TV series will follow a young Roland, presumably adapting Wizard and Glass. This will bridge the gap between the second and third film.
Which, may or may not be the final piece of the story, it all depends on audience reactions.
That actually leads to my main concern about the series. Doesn't it all depend on the audience response? I mean, if the first film absolutely flops, I see little reason why the entire project wouldn't just fall through completely.
Regardless, I am giddy with excitement right now. A project of this undertaken has never been done before, and The Dark Tower fits the formula perfectly. It's an incredible story of unbelievable scope, and there simply isn't any way it could've fit into a trilogy of films or a TV miniseries.
For anyone unfamiliar with the property, it's a seven book series that began in 1982 and ended over two decades later in 2004. It blends elements of fantasy, westerns, sci-fi and horror, as well as many of Stephen King's earlier work, creating an incredibly interesting universe and story. King describes it as his "magnum opus" and it's hard to disagree.
I for one, am very hopeful.
"The worlds of Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' series are richly detailed, inter-locking and deeply connected," Goldsman said. "By telling this story across media platforms and over multiple hours--and with a view to telling it completely--we have our best chance of translating Roland's quest to reach 'The Dark Tower' onto screen. We are proceeding with tremendous excitement, fidelity to the source material and, quite frankly, no small amount of awe at this opportunity."