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

Published 5 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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    • I’m not on facebook but I agree completely. I like Viggo, and there have been some decent suggestions, not discluding Andrew Lincoln. But Stephen Moyer has the perfect look and body-type. He almost screams the part.

  1. I will always be hopeing for an anime series on this one. So much more could be done with it! My emotions about this Movie/TV series combinationa re very mixed. I am curious, but cant help to set myself up for disappointment. Can’t help it.

  2. i have loved kings writings for years and have waited as long as i cant remember to see the darktower come to the big screne. I just wish i could be a actor in the movie and series.

  3. I honestly can’t wait for this adaptation. I’m probably going to religiously follow both the tv series and movie trilogy. As long as they stick to the book and cast proper actors, it’s going to be epic!

  4. Stephen Kings best for last maybe huh? I love the dark tower series so much! I have wanted to see it as a series or a movie for years. When I met my husband he introduced me to this amazeing world King created for us by reading the books to me. My husband decided to read the books to me while i was prego with our son. He said we need to let him hear the best so he knows it before he reaches the big world! My son is now born and 1 year old. I will let him watch the series with me at home. Maybe some of u have mixed feelings about that but dont worry my son is a church loveing boy who just has a mommy with a lil bit or a wild side but i know whats important and when he is older I know he will love the books when his daddy gives them to him. We have kept all the books just for that reason. I am telling u all this so that when I tell u how much I want to say thank u to Stephen King for enchanting my life with such wonderful books. I have got to live a little thru them and I know the books came to a end but I will never stop reading and loveing them. Thank u King for so much!

    • I am a huge believer that children don’t need to be coddled as much as many people think. However, I’d say King’s stuff is a little mature for a preteen. I’d start him off on Narnia (which is incredible and has no cursing of note, or sexual situations). Then move onto LOTR, and let him read/watch TDT when he’s a little older (maybe 12-14).

      Some of the stuff in TDT would warp a preteens mind a little, the violence in particular. I’d rather my kids saw porn than killing.

      • My first horror movie was the howling or the one I vividly remember from then,I was in between 5 or 6 , scared the heck outta me
        and got hooked on horror movies. , I was about the same age when I got a hold of the book Cujo , and got hooked on Stephen King. and my mind aint warped. And my mind aint warped.

        • *chuckle*

  5. hopefully the television series is available in all regions after the film has been released. otherwise this side of the pond will see the first and second films before the series even hits television screens!

  6. I’m tentatively excited about this, but am feeling as i did before the Lord of the Rings adaption came out: What if they screw it up, or it just isn’t epic enough?

    Having grown up with the characters I loved how it all finished a few years ago, and I’ll be praying that Ron Howard is sensitive to the material and gives us a gritty, un-Hollywood-ised film and stays away from the horrific ‘Potter’-type glossing over which so wrecked the storylines for me…

  7. This is so cool for those of us who lustly waited for the books of this series for 20 years. It is not only Kings life work, but “the” read of our generation. King is the Tolkien/CS Lewis of our generation. It should be nothing less than a game changer of an undertaking and paradigm shift in modern takes of what defines classic literature.

    • That was pretty awesome.

  8. i just started the final book in the dark tower series and the whole time i been reading i was trying to imagine it as a movie. imagine my surprise when for some unknown reason i googled the dark tower and this site pops up! i know i will attempt to follow the process but i’m scared the magic will be lost. with all the fx needed for all the super natural elements, and especially Oy, who will be featured alot, the movie may end up look too fake. but either way i’m excited to give it a shot

  9. i just read older comments and i agree that roland or any other major players should not be played by big name actors. save the names for the lesser players such as blaine. (i like the idea of keven spacey for him) i think i am satisfied with that javier guy that ron howard cast. he has the rugged good looks that the gun slinger should have, even though i picture roland much older and not so much attractive.

  10. Nooo. I am so, so disappointed in this. I don’t want a screen adaptation of these books; they’re wonderful and I don’t think any actors and screenwriters will be able to do them justice.

  11. i’ve read the 7 book series 3 times now, (almost done book 7 as i type) and i always wanted to see the dark tower on the big screen.

    but the closer this gets to becoming a reality, the more weary i become…

    i’m somewhat convinced that the movies and mini-series are really destined to do absolutely no justice to the books, and furthermore, basicly ruin the franchise for any would-be future readers/fans…


  12. Ron Howard???? Really… He wouldn’t be my first choice, not that I think Ron is a bad director at any means… Apollo 13/The Da Vinci Code/Angels & Demons are among my favorite films… But when I think of an epic film I would like to see, something on the scale of Star Wars/Lord Of The Rings/Indiana Jones…… something that 20 plus years from now will stand the test of time…. My only problem with Ron Howard is(in my opinion) is his choice in actors… I feel that The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons would have been much better with someone other than Tom Hanks(again my opinion) And to make an epic adventure like the Dark Tower into a trilogy and a t.v. series …… need I say more? To put all 7 books into a trilogy and still be in depth enough to be interesting to those of us who actually read the books each movie would have to be about 6 or 7 hours each… I just hope that Ron does a good job and casts great actors…. well here’s to hoping.

    • I agree that Apollo 13 was good, but TDVC was marginal and A&D was terrible, if you’ve read the books. And I LIKE Tom Hanks. Ron just didn’t put enough of the book into the movie.

      My absolute favorite part of any Dan Brown book was the scene in A&D where Robert surfs the explosion of the bomb upside down in the air and Howard took that out. Also, I thought A&D was clearly the superior book to TDVC and yet I could only stomach about 10 minutes of the movie before I quit.

      Howard has done a few decent movies but I’m afraid he’s not the one for this series. Del Toro, Rodriguez, Tarantino, Darabont, or even Frank Miller could direct the hell out of this (and there’s a few more I can’t think of off the top of my head, I’m sure).

  13. I’d heard that King sold the movie rights a long time ago for a dollar, and that it was basically a gimmick to prevent the wrong people from bugging him about it – To’ve heard that it’s actually in the works (at last!) sent chills into my freakin’ LEGS as I read this. Hallelujah.

  14. I am excited that there is going to be a movie/series of The Dark Tower but I am also scared that they might not get it right. Nothing against Ron Howard or anything just that its such a huge job and there is so much stuff that they will leave out because they always do. I will be seriously pissed off if they mess up Stephen Kings awesome work!!!! I really wanna know when “The Wind Through The Keyhole” is supposed to come out?

  15. I was rather skeptical about this actor taking the role of Roland, but after a short research, Javier Bardem will make a perfect gunslinger protraying Roland. Given the fact that with special effects movie technology has his eyes match the blue faded color of Rolands and his hair is dyed a raven black color! Otherwise this actor will make a perfect fit for the role!

  16. FINALLY!!! I felt such a kinship to the characters in the books. So human as they gain strength to face what was coming next. The sadness of Roland’s Susan Delgado, the “bad train” as well as the mixture of characters appearing in the books from all the other novels by Stephen King. But most of all… That King himself was in the book and as a humbled and bumbling type of guy. I think the ending was perfect. I loved the illustrations. I can’t wait….

  17. the dark tower movie no thanks,
    the dark tower TV series yes please because I like cowboys

  18. omg omg omg omg omg I cant wait, so excited. I read the entire series during my junior year of highschool which was last year so still got the whole story in my head, omg omg omg, so excited!!!!! =) =) =)

  19. well i know that tower of sorrows so whyd u do it? by the way im fat guy with ear muff

  20. O heavenly father

  21. I love the Dark Tower Series!!!! I’m shocked that they are going to take such a risk by making movies and a tv series. You wouldn’t want your audience to get too exhausted! I love the series so I know I will be hooked but I don’t feel good about paying movie prices and then making sure I see every episode of the series just to see what comes next with movie. I’m not sure it will work but I hope it does.

  22. I eagerly await this ambitious undertaking and volunteer my services, for free, as an actor, voice-over, or any other position which would help to move this project along. This is my favorite story!

  23. I have been waiting for a possible move from the the very first book!

  24. I think Anson Mount of the series “Hell On Wheels” would make a great Roland Deschain. Watching him on the series reminded me of “The Gunslinger” in “The Dark Tower” novel that I read. And not being a well known superstar, does have an advantage of not overshadowing the story lines. Just a thought.

  25. Anson Mount of “Hell on “Wheels” would make a great Roland Deschain on “The Dark Tower: Gunslinger”.

  26. Roland should be played by Anson Mount of Hell on Wheels. Susannah should be played by Rutina Wesley of True Blood, she plays angry so well. And Eddie should be played by Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad. I will be so disappointed if they give the part to Russell Crow is is nothing at all like Roland.