J.J. Abrams, the wizard behind Lost, Fringe, Alias and Mission: Impossible III told MTV that he won’t be bringing Stephen King’s Dark Tower series to the big screen and Shock Til You Drop overheard it. The producer/director/writer made it clear it wasn’t for lack of love:

“You’ll be hard-pressed to find a huger fan of ‘The Dark Tower’ than me, but that’s probably the reason that I shouldn’t be the one to adapt it… After working six years on Lost, the last thing I want to do is spend the next seven years adapting one of my favorite books of all time. I’m such a massive Stephen King fan that I’m terrified of screwing it up. I’d do anything to see those movies written by someone else. My guess is they will get made because they’re so incredible. But not by me.”

In the mean time, Abrams has an untitled Star Trek sequel and Mission Impossible: IV to keep him busy.  Shortly after he responded to the Dark Tower question, Abrams closed the book on the matter by adding:

“Damon and I are not looking at that right now.”

Damon is, of course, Damon Lindelof, who was going to work with Abrams on The Dark Tower and previously collaborated on Lost, among other Abrams projects, as a writer and producer.

For those that aren’t familiar with the seven-novel series that King has called his magnum opus (i.e. the greatest work of his career), The Dark Tower follows the last member of a knightly order on his all-consuming quest to reach, you guessed it, a dark tower that’s supposed to be the center of all universes.  The environment is a magical, old west-style frontier in a world that’s falling apart and our lead makes many friends and enemies along the way.  Sounds like The Road and The Lord of the Rings made an awesome baby.

So Abrams is out.  Speaking of LOTR, you think Peter Jackson or Hobbit director Guillermo Del Toro would be the best replacements for this project?  Would you prefer to see an unknown take the helm?

No word on when The Dark Tower will make it out of this development quagmire.

Source: Shock Til You Drop, MTV