It’s time to update you guys on the status of the big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series, which is coming our way courtesy of J.J. Abrams and his production company, Bad Robot. We'll also give you a little background on the project.
Stephen King is a major fan of Abrams’ Lost TV series (ending next year), and he met up with the producers behind the show, including Abrams and Lost co-executive producer Damon Lindelof. King famously sold the film rights for the entire Dark Tower series (seven books) to Abrams and Lindelof for only $19.00 (apparently the number 19 is big in the books).
Cinematical is reporting that the first Dark Tower (titled The Gunslinger) movie could roll out as early as 2010, but apparently not until Lost wraps up its final season in the spring. Though I haven’t seen many episodes of Lost, it’s nice to know they want to focus on delivering the highly anticipated final season before getting started on adapting their favorite author’s work.
But when it’s time to get started on the film adaptations, Lindelof mentioned that it would be of the same "scope" as The Lord of the Rings. Okay, count me as officially excited! I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t seen a whole season of Lost (yet!), but I am definitely excited about their adaptation. I’ve seen other works by Bad Robot, and I know they’ve got incredible talent.
Background, Other Works
So let’s talk a little bit about The Dark Tower. King put out the first book of the series in 1982 and the final book was published in 2004. To give a brief summary would do the series injustice, but I’m going to try anyway.
King, inspired by The Lord of the Rings and spaghetti westerns (with a dash of King Arthur thrown in), wrote about the story of a crumbling world that is much like the wild west, but with magical elements. Roland, part of a long line of gunslingers, has set out to find the mysterious Dark Tower. Roland is clearly modeled after Clint Eastwood's "Man With No Name" from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
When the book series wrapped up 22 years later, its influence was spread wide and far. And some of those influenced were the team behind Lost. Pretty cool how some of King and Dark Tower’s biggest fans are now making the movies, right?
In addition to that, Marvel Comics has been putting out comic book adaptations of The Dark Tower since 2007, written by Peter David and Robin Furth, with artwork by Jae Lee and Richard Isanove. King has been overseeing these adaptations and I am deciding whether to dive into the comics first, or the books.
This is a hot property to be adapted into feature films and with Bad Robot backing it, it should be massive.
What do you think of the upcoming film adaptations of King’s famous Dark Tower series, by the guys who brought us Lost?
Artwork: Jae Lee and Richard Isanove