The Dark Tower is one of my favorite series. It paved the way for some of my philopshies all the way back in middle school. My friend recently emailed me an interesting story about the upcoming Dark Tower movie adaption.
Deadline’s post about the Universal Dark Tower Movie + TV Adaption reveals the full details but here are my highlights and thoughts.
Universal Pictures and NBC Universal Television Entertainment have closed a deal to turn Stephen KingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mammoth novel series The Dark Tower into a feature film trilogy and a network TV series, both of which will be creatively steered by the Oscar-winning team behind A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code.
That’s great. Universal and NBC seem to be a good fit for this kind of thing. NBC supported Heroes for ages and it did well. Admittedly, Heroes was accessible to just about everyone – the Dark Tower is seriously not accessible to everyone. Looking in the comments, it is strongly suggested that the TV series will not be on the over-the-air NBC channel.
It is reminiscent of when Peter Jackson directed three installments of The Lord of The Rings, back to back, so that they could be released in three consecutive years.
The Dark Tower series has a cult following, sure. I don’t know for sure it has the recognition though of the Lord of the Rings. Good luck with doing that again.
Considered KingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s answer to JRR TolkienÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Middle Earth trilogy, The Dark Tower…
I don’t have a source, but I remember King’s words about this. He wanted the The Dark Tower to be longer than any other series in this genre that had ever come before. After reading for many years, I realize his dream wasn’t accomplished. Look at Terry Brook’s silly but long Shannara series. No, it’s not the same – not at all. But it’s still a reality based on a ruined earth, with some magic thrown in for good measure. I think that if King wanted to continue, he could have. The story would’ve changed, but The Dark Tower was destined to finished, in terms of where it could go and how it could.
King granted an optionÃ¢â‚¬â€for $19, a number relevant to the plotline–to JJ Abrams and his Lost partners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. They never cracked the sprawling plotline and all the characters.
I felt at the time that Abrams could really make The Dark Tower amazing. Lost was incredibly intricate and complicated. He had recently finished his movie, Cloverfield, and it was a hit on a low budget from what I hear. What happened? Well, I think he had more compelling offers that were much more complete. The Dark Tower is a lot of work – not to just read but obviously produce. In any case, they’ll doubtlessly sprinkle 19 all over the place. For instance, the run length will be divisible by 19.
Anyway, this is great. I’ve been waiting years for news on The Dark Tower Movie. I’m glad it came true, finally.
One more thing…
Are they going to have a guy walking around in the desert looking at remains of fires for half an hour? I’m not the only one to say that The Gunslinger starts slow.