Sony & MRC Team Up On Stephen King’s The Dark Tower
I’m certainly glad to be writing about a film version of what is arguably Stephen King’s seminal work, THE DARK TOWER. THE DARK TOWER is a series of eight novels King wrote about a gunslinger, Roland Deschain, as he goes on a journey to find the Dark Tower. Talk of an adaptation of THE DARK TOWER has been circulating Hollywood for years now. The movie project began and Universal and then moved on to Warner Bros. After both studios failed to get the project off the ground, Sony Pictures took the project over, but it hasn’t been having much more luck than those before it. That is, until now.
This is an eight book series, so why were all these studios trying to cram all that goodness into one film? Exactly … it made no sense. Well, it sounds like Sony has their shit together. Not only is Sony proposing to make THE DARK TOWER a series of films, but there will also be an accompanying TV series as well. This is pretty damn exciting!!
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.
It sounds like Goldsman and Pinkner have the right idea. How the hell could any screenwriter expect to cram over 4,000 words into one coherent script? I think a series of films based on this work, if done right, could blow LORD OF THE RINGS out of the water. Here’s what King has to say about this new development on his DARK TOWER series:
“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.”
No director or cast has been announced yet, and you can bet I’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on any and all developments of this project.