Fans of Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series, myself included, will surely react one way or another to the news being reported by both Heat Vision and Deadline saying Imagine Entertainment and Weed Road are in discussions to make a screen trilogy and TV series out of the fantasy series centered on Roland Deschain of Gilead and his search for The Dark Tower.
"The Dark Tower" will get a three film trilogy with Ron Howard directing, Brian Grazer producing (along with Stephen King) and Akiva Goldsman writing the script, which is where I am sure fans will surely raise their eyebrows.
Goldsman penned the scripts for "Batman Forever," "Batman and Robin," "I, Robot," "Cinderella Man," "A Beautiful Mind," "I Am Legend" and recently "Angels and Demons." Depending on your taste I assume you can find a couple of films you like out of that bunch, but there are many that make me wonder if this is seriously the best team to bring this franchise to the big screen.
The news also comes saying there will be a TV series, which is where I am assuming the decision to go with a filmed trilogy comes in as opposed to adapting all seven books. Condensing it might might be a good idea, and also a much safer one for a studio to consider rather than hoping the films will all do well enough for a seven film franchise. "The Dark Tower" is a well known franchise, but I would never say it has "Harry Potter" juice.
Here's where things get a little hazy, though. Both sites reporting this news seem to be unsure if Universal will actually move forward with this or not. Heat Vision thinks this could still end up as a TV series, saying that "one scenario" has the movie leading into a TV series, kind of similar to "Stargate." On the other hand, Deadline says that Universal is "in talks" to acquire a package deal that includes the books and this team of producers/writer/director, but Warner Bros is in the running, too.
Obviously all of this is coming together as we speak, so if you're a fan of this series (like me), you'll have to wait for confirmation on all of the exact details. TO say the least - I am very interested as to where this all may going.
"The Dark Tower" is Stephen King's own take on spaghetti westerns and the world of J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings." They books focus on Roland Deschain, the last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers who exists in a world that has an Old West feel, but which is infused with magic. He is on a quest to find the Dark Tower, a structure that holds the key to the nexus of all universes. He meets many allies and enemies along the way, as the world crumbles around him. In my opinion, it is one of the greatest series of all time and I consider myself a hardcore fan.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Rope of Silicon, First Showing