After losing steam in 2012, Stephen King’s The Dark Tower looks set to be adapted both for film and TV.
Back when Damon Lindelof was wrapping up work on Lost, he and J.J. Abrams were set to reunite for Stephen King’s The Dark Tower.
That didn’t happen — Abrams moved on to Star Trek and Star Wars, while Lindelof began working on The Leftovers. Universal let it go, and in 2012, Warner Bros. chose to pass on the adaptation as well.
It seemed like game over. But now, Sony Pictures and MRC have announced that they’re picking up the reins on this ambitious story, giving fans of King’s epic saga new hope.
Deadline reports that we’re looking at both a TV series (to be developed by MRC) and several movies. Sony will begin by adapting the first novel in the saga, The Gunslinger, for which Akiva Goldsman (Fringe, Insurgent) and Jeff Pinkner (Fringe, Lost) have previously penned a screenplay draft.
Stephen King says of the new development, “I’m excited that The Dark Tower is finally going to appear on the screen. Those who have traveled with Roland and his friends in their search for the Dark Tower are going to have their long-held hopes fully realized. This is a brilliant and creative approach to my books.”
Previously, both Javier Bardem and Russell Crowe have expressed interest in the titular role of the Gunslinger, but no casting decisions have yet been made.
The Dark Tower series follows Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger, who teams up with a boy named Jake Chambers, trekking across a vast desert country in pursuit of his adversary, “the man in black.” Catching up to his enemy is the first step for Roland, whose ultimate goal is reaching “the Dark Tower.”