Hollywood has been promising-threatening to adapt Stephen King's epic novel series The Dark Tower for years. In 2011, it was gonna happen at HBO. In 2013, it was all about Ron Howard's version. Now comes news that a "totally reconceived" take will become a film franchise, with tie-in TV series.
Lower your raised eyebrows; this actually sounds legit. Like it might come together this time. Howard is still involved, but more tangentially this go-'round, as Deadline reports. Instead, it's from two of the writers behind Fringe:
The new script is primarily based on the first book in the series, The Gunslinger, and the relationship between Roland and Jake. The film is a blend of horror and fantasy. The latest draft of the script is co-written by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. It was totally reconceived by Goldsman and Pinkner from the version that had been previously developed and which took root first at Universal and later at Warner Bros. Goldsman is producing through his Weed Road with Imagine Entertainment’s Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins, and I believe the author is also in a producing capacity. Pinkner will be exec producer.
Sony and MRC will go right out after filmmakers with this script, and put this on the fast track that hard-core fans of King’s book have long desired. Numerous stars including Javier Bardem and Russell Crowe have eyed the role of the gunslinger, but that role won’t be filled until after the director is set.
The Deadline story also reminds us that King options his works for $1, and quotes the author's excitement that this long-in-development adaptation might finally bear fruit:
“I’m excited that The Dark Tower is finally going to appear on the screen,” he said in a statement. “Those who have traveled with Roland and his friends in their search for the Dark Tower are going to have their long-held hopes fully realized. This is a brilliant and creative approach to my books.”
Image via Stephen King's official website.