Last time we heard anything about a film adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower series, it was the disappointing news that JJ Abrams and his Lost team were giving up on the project. When that story broke, those of us who'd been following the lengthy quest to get the series to the big screen sighed and assumed this meant another few years of nothing happening with the property. We were wrong.
Deadline is reporting that Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman are now involved in the project, which would see three feature films made and a TV series as well. Goldsman will write the script, while Howard will direct. His Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer will co-produce alongside Goldsman and King.
The series, which has spanned seven books to date, is King's answer to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. It follows Roland, the last surviving member of an order of gunslingers who're kind of like Jedi Knights. Roland's world is one that mirrors our wild west, but also features magic and loads of interesting characters. The epic involves the gunslinger's quest to find the mythical Dark Tower, a nexus point connecting a multitude of universes. It's an amazing series of novels that I highly recommend reading.
As far as this news goes, I'm excited by the prospect of seeing these films. However, I'm not thrilled that Goldsman is writing -- I've just never been a fan of his work. I'm very curious to see how Ron Howard will approach material like this as well, and I'm willing to give everyone involved the benefit of the doubt. Still, in a perfect world, Abrams and company would have handled the adaptation. What do you think? Does this news make you happy, nervous, or both? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.