Originally posted on 2010-09-09 01:53:44 by Samuel Zimmerman
It’s long been asked for, an adaptation of Stephen King’s most sprawling work; THE DARK TOWER. Now, it seems it’s finally happening with Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman heading the project. It also seems it’s incredibly ambitious as it will be three feature films and a television series. Hit the jump for the details!
Deadline broke the story that Universal and Howard and Goldsman (who’ve previously collaborated on A BEAUTIFUL MIND) have acquired the rights to King’s epic tale of gunslinger Roland Deschain and his journey to find the Dark Tower. The two plan to turn it into both a feature film trilogy and network television show. Howard will direct the first feature with the other two to be determined, Goldsman is writing, and the films and series will be produced by Brian Grazer and Stephen King.
In discussing the scale, Howard told the site,”What Peter [Jackson] did was a feat, cinematic history. The approach we’re taking also stands on its own, but it’s driven by the material. I love both, and like what’s going on in TV. With this story, if you dedicated to one medium or another, there’s the horrible risk of cheating material. The scope and scale call for a big screen budget. But if you committed only to films, you’d deny the audience the intimacy and nuance of some of these characters and a lot of cool twists and turns that make for jaw-dropping, compelling television. We’ve put some real time and deep thought into this, and a lot of conversations and analysis from a business standpoint, to get people to believe in this and take this leap with us. I hope audiences respond to it in a way that compels us to keep going after the first year or two of work. It’s fresh territory for me, as a filmmaker.”
As to how the story will be mapped out, Deadline has provided this outline:
“The plan is to start with the feature film, and then create a bridge to the second feature with a season of TV episodes. That means the feature cast—and the big star who’ll play Deschain—also has to appear in the TV series before returning to the second film. After that sequel is done, the TV series picks up again, this time focusing on Deschain as a young gunslinger. Those storylines will be informed by a prequel comic book series that King was heavily involved in plotting. The third film would pick up the mature Deshain as he completes his journey. They will benefit from being able to use the same sets cast and crew for the movie and TV, which could help contain costs on what will be a financially ambitious undertaking.”
Let’s hope something of this scale can be pulled off, and pulled off beautifully at that!
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