‘The Dark Tower’ Movie Trilogy & TV Series On the Way

Published 4 years ago by , Updated July 12th, 2013 at 10:25 am,

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Stephen King’s epic novel series The Dark Tower is practically begging to be adapted into either a movie or a TV series. Early in 2009 it was reported that J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production company were going to be bringing the book series to the big-screen. However, late last year Abrams revealed he wouldn’t be adapting the books after all.

But fear not Dark Tower fans as Deadline is reporting that Universal Pictures and NBC Universal have landed a deal to bring King’s epic to life. If it wasn’t exciting enough that King’s “magnum opus” is finally being adapted (for real this time), the adaptation will come to us in the form of not only a whole trilogy of movies but also a coinciding TV series.

How exactly can a TV series coincide with a trilogy of movies? Well, the details are quite complicated when you first look at them but they break down fairly simply if you really study them:

Things will start off with the first in the movie trilogy and then that will be bridged onto the first season of the TV series which will follow fairly quickly thereafter. Then the second movie in the trilogy will follow on from where the first season of the series leaves off. After that second movie is done things will be bridged back to the series for the second season and then once that’s done the story will continue on and conclude with the third part of the movie trilogy.

That’s quite a plan that’s been put together: They’re counting on audiences being willing to go and see the first Dark Tower movie and then jump over to TV to find out what happens next (then doing the same thing again when it comes to the movie sequel and the second season), all the while committing more time and effort to follow the storyline (hour-long episodes week-on-week as opposed to a single 2-3 hour movie). While it may be somewhat risky it nonetheless shows that the people behind the adaptation have commitment and belief in their vision.

As for who’s behind The Dark Tower adaptations on the creative side, Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) will direct the first feature film and the entire first season of the TV series and Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend) while write the first movie and the first season of the series. Both will produce the adaptations along with Howard’s Imagine Entertainment partner, Brian Grazer and Stephen King himself (I guess the author wants to have a hand in seeing this get done right).

Howard and Goldsman first revealed they would be working with Universal to try and adapt The Dark Tower back in April but at the time the studio was battling it out with Warner Bros. for the rights. Evidently Universal has won out but it is said that the deal was so comprehensive that it’s literally taken months to lock it down.

This strategy of taking the much-wanted Dark Tower adaptation completely head-on is being compared to what Peter Jackson did with his Lord of the Rings trilogy, where all three films were shot back-to-back so that they could be released within three years of one another. Because The Dark Tower trilogy of movies will coincide with the TV series (it sounds like you won’t be able to watch one without tuning in for the other), that means the same actors that portray the characters on the big-screen will also have to be there for the small-screen version.

Does this mean we won’t be seeing big name stars (Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Will Smith, etc.) but rather lesser known names that would – most likely – be made into stars as a result of their participation in the Dark Tower franchise? For a story like this I would prefer less famous actors simply because it’s such an immersive and expansive world King has created that I would rather not be distracted by A-listers filling up all the roles.

The Dark Tower by Stephen King The Dark Tower Movie Trilogy & TV Series On the Way

Crossing platforms like this also means the filmmakers will benefit from using the same crew and sets. This sounds like not only a highly ambitious undertaking (which hasn’t really been done before) but also a very expensive one, so being able to keep the same sets and the talents of the same team throughout both the movies and the TV series will certainly save money where it counts.

It’s certainly encouraging to see the sort of commitment that’s been injected in this gargantuan adaptation. I think most of us can join together in hoping that all this is a success and that it does proper justice to King’s much-loved series of Dark Tower books.

If you want to know more head on over to Deadline to read the thoughts of the people involved.

As always, check back at Screen Rant for more on The Dark Tower adaptation(s). Share your thoughts and comments on this story in the comments below as well as on Twitter @screenrant and @rosstmiller.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Anson mount is a pretty solid choice, one I would be happy with, though I have always thought Stephen Moyer would be the best choice for the role. He looks sharp and angular, and has the right eyes, two of the reasons why I have been in support for Andrew Lincoln. All are a far sight better choice than the big name actors that the studios have suggested as of late. There’s no way I would go to see it in the theatres But if nothing else at least people are starting to come up with suggestions that actually fit the description of Roland Deschain.

  2. there is way too much to only be a trilogy. a television series would be the way to go. i would hate to see it get chopped up to fit into 3 movies. i think the books were awesome. i would definitely watch.

    • @linda its not going to be just a trilogy of movies its also multiple seasons of a TV show.

  3. I think they should just do movies.. Some people (like me) don’t have satellite TV, and they could always just make more than seven movies to show all the details

  4. I have been reading these books since I discovered them in 1993 Do these movies right don’t screw this up I have been waiting 20 years

  5. Don’t have Ron Howard direct it. He’s going to ruin the whole thing. I just can’t live with him being the director. I hope in another where and when Roland and his ka-tet come to our where and when and stop this from happening because clearly Ron Howard directing this is the work of the Crimson King.

  6. Hear me out here, but I think, (as a result of request of at least one celebrity A-lister), Liam Neeson would do the job of Roland Deschain (of Gilead (Son of Steven)) perfectly. He has the old-age yet wise face as well as lanky and scrawny look which is how Roland is described after the first book. Also we’ve all seen ‘The Grey’ which has shown Neeson’s hard empathy, dry sense of humour and will-power to survive. Also his monologues’ are pretty awesome.

    • King describes Roland most often as being hard-bitten but having an “ageless face”. Ageless means not showing age, so he would look pretty much at an indeterminate age, sort of like saying you can’t tell if he’s in his 20s, 30s, or 40s. I think Neeson, while an AWESOME actor (loved him in pretty much everything) is too old-looking for the part.

      • The perfect person for Roland: Karl Urban. ‘Nuff said.

  7. I am reading the gunslinger series for the first time.. I am almost finished with book 4.. I don’t ever want them to end!!!! Lol… looking very forward to seeing them on screen.. That is as long as mr.king makes sure the characters will be as he made them…

    Big fan of stephen since late 70s

  8. I’m almost done with Wizard and Glass and have been loving the series so far! They should make The Talisman a movie too! I think that would be pretty cool.

  9. Thankee sai! Praise the man Jesus! theyre finally making this movie I can’t wait

  10. I agree with Steve. Anson Mount has that look and feel of playing that gunslinger. Unemotional, but with a touch of some humanity. Please cast him. I like to see movies that closely resembles the books that I read.

  11. I’m on board for Anson Mount, clear front runner in my mind if I had the say. I think Jim Caviezel could also be a good choice, just thinking of the way he play Mr. Reece on “Person of Interest”.