A while back Lost creator JJ. Abrams and producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse passed on the option to make Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower‘ book series into a tv series. Now, it appears that the baton has been picked up by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman, who plan to combine their efforts to bring King’s fantasy western narrative to the screen.
THR say that the three will initially take the adaptation to the big screen, to be written by Goldsman and directed by Howard, before transitioning the epic tale into a TV series. Deadline offer a slightly different interpretation, with a movie trilogy playing out before the TV series.
While the prospect of a Dark Tower movie and television outing excites me, these proposals contrast from those imagined by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, who gave the rights back to King due to the timing (working on Lost for 6 years), and in Lindelof’s own words: “I’m such a massive Stephen King fan that I’m terrified of screwing it up”. Really, Damon? I think you’d do a fracking fine job, you sure you wont change your mind?
It will be interesting to see what eventually becomes of Dark Tower and whether Howard, Grazer and Goldsman can do justice to one of the most appealing franchises in entertainment.
Here’s a brief synopsis of the story that could soon be brought to life on the big, and the small screens:
In the story, Roland Deschain is the last living member of a knightly order known as gunslingers and the last of the line of “Arthur Eld”, his world’s analogue of King Arthur. The world he lives in is quite different from our own, yet it bears striking similarities to it. Politically organized along the lines of a feudal society, it shares technological and social characteristics with the American Old West but is also magical. While the magical aspects are largely gone from Mid-World, some vestiges of them remain, along with the relics of a highly advanced, but long vanished, society. Roland’s quest is to find the Dark Tower, a fabled building said to be the nexus of all universes. Roland’s world is said to have “moved on”, and indeed it appears to be coming apart at the seams±—mighty nations have been torn apart by war, entire cities and regions vanish without a trace and time does not flow in an orderly fashion. Even the Sun sometimes rises in the north and sets in the east. As the series opens, Roland’s motives, goals and age are unclear, though later installments shed light on these mysteries.