Stephen King, Imagine Entertainment and Weed Road are in discussions to create a movie trilogy initially for the big screen and then follow up with a TV series based on King’s “The Dark Tower” series. Universal Pictures is in talks to distribute.
Ron Howard is slated to direct the script written by Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man and The Da Vinci Code). Howard’s Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer will produce with Goldsman and King.
At the age of 19, Stephen King wrote an epic that incorporated “The Lord of the Rings.” The “Spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone” and a poem written by Robert Browning entitled, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”.
The seven book series was written and published separately over a period of 22 years.
The first book entitled “The Gunslinger,” introduces the heroic character Roland Deschain of Gilead as he pursues the “Man in Black” through the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in an apocalyptic world that is similar to our own world.
The series was once developed by J.J. Abrams and his “LOST” team of Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse but they realized they wouldn’t be able to do an adaptation justice, and they gave the rights back to King.
Stephen King commented on The Dark Tower movie on his site today:
“It looks good. Things are happening and they are happening fast but any reports you see might be taken with a grain of salt for the next couple of weeks. You will know the news from the official source as soon as we are able to post it.”
I’ll wait to report further about this film until I receive confirmation from the best reliable source.