CATEGORIES Action, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Deals, DIY/Filmmaking, Newsstand, Western, Movie News, CinematicalFans of Stephen King's sprawling fantasy series The Dark Tower have been torn between a desire for a film adaptation and a certainty that it will be a mess. Many feel it's unfilmable. (That's the camp I fall into.) Nevertheless, Hollywood keeps trying. Last anyone knew, J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, and Carlton Cuse were the ones trying to adapt it. That's ancient history now. According to THR's Heat Vision, Bad Robot gave the rights back to King, and Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Akiva Goldsman have picked it up.
I can hear the screams now. Not Howard! He's too mainstream! Not Goldsman, destroyer of so many geek franchises! Well, that may be. But the way they're interested in adapting it is very, very interesting. THR says they're looking at making a single movie, and using that film as a transition to a television series. Imagine Entertainment sees it as a major franchise possibility.
If The Dark Tower could ever be adapted, a television series would be the ideal format. Frankly, this is how many readers wanted to see Watchmen and Preacher. But Tower is arguably a far more cryptic property, and would be difficult for people to wander into on screens big or small. Nevertheless, it's interesting, but THR cautions it's not definite as Tower isn't set up at any studio, and no option deal has been made.
What do you think? Is this the way to The Dark Tower? Or should King's series be left alone?