Netflix are in early talks over adapting Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower.
The Ron Howard-attached project has been looking for a home since NBC Universal and then Warner Bros. passed on the chance to bring the epic saga to the screen. HBO were also interested not so long ago. Now it seems Netflix are eying the project, with the company’s CCO Ted Sarandos admitting early talks have begun over the possibility. He told Stuff Magazine:
I spoke to Ron about it, actually. The last time we talked about it the thing was being kicked about HBO – but it’s no longer there. Once Arrested Development gets through we’ll keep talking about it.
Sarandos also restated the company’s interest in reviving Jericho along with Twin Peaks and Buffy the Vampire Slayer — while offering a sobering take on the conditions under which ‘recovery serials’ are most viable:
In almost every case the cult around the show gets more intense and smaller as time goes by. Arrested Development was the rarest of birds in that the audience of the show grew larger than the original broadcast audience because people came to discover it years after it was cancelled. The Firefly fan is still the Firefly fan from when it was on TV and there’s fewer of them and they’re more passionate every year. Whereas with Arrested Development we’re going to be serving a multiple of the original audience. Any of the other shows we could bring back would be a fraction of the original audience.
Source: Stuff Magazine