the dark tower

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series is a massive, monolithic masterwork from the horror author.  Seven lengthy original novels (plus an eighth late addition that acts as an “interquel” between the fourth and fifth books) as well as a series of graphic novels.  The series tells the story of a gunslinger named Roland, who comes from a world that is a mix of Arthurian legend and spaghetti westerns, and who is on a journey to rescue the Dark Tower, a mystical lynchpin that holds the existence of every parallel and alternate universe together (including our own).  In his journeys, Roland bounces from universe to universe, including stumbling into a few other Stephen King books, as well as nudging up against the Harry Potter series and Wizard of Oz (seriously, it gets weird).

For some time, director Ron Howard has tried to score financing for an expensive and ambitious adaptation that would bring the franchise to life with a trilogy of films, with a two-season television series bridging the first film to the second and the second film to the third.  That is, however, until just over a year ago, when Warner Bros. bailed on the project (after Universal previously bailed on it the previous March).

And so, many have assumed the adaptation was dead and gone.  Not so, according to Howard:

“The Dark Tower is something that we’re still working on. We’ve all taken a vow of silence about the progress, the headway, what we think our timetable is, because I don’t think I realised how much media interest there was in the title and how much excitement  there was.

“It’s a fascinating, powerful  possibility and even Stephen King acknowledges it’s a tricky adaptation, but to be honest, from a financing side, it’s not a straightforward, four-quadrant, sunny superhero story – it’s dark, it’s horror. That edge is what appeals to me, the complexities of those characters is what appeals to all of us. And I think Stephen King really respects that, with [regular screenwriting collaborator] Akiva Goldsman and myself, that that’s what we love about it, and that’s what we want to try to get to the screen.”

So my answer is: it got delayed, it’s never gone away. We’re working on it, and Stephen is very patient with us, and Akiva’s just gone off and directed a movie [an adaptation of Mark Helprin’s novel, Winter’s Tale, starring Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly and Will Smith], I’m continuing to work, but the Dark Tower dreams – fever dreams, rather – are still there, but we’re not going to give it a timetable.”

What do you think—is the Dark Tower adaptation ever going to happen?

Source:  Coming Soon