Stephen King’s ‘Dark Tower’ Getting a Film Trilogy and a TV Series

Published by Seth Quillen in: Film,Television -- Date: 2 May 2010 Comments: 0


Deadline is reporting that Stephen King’s self-described magnum opus, The Dark Tower (series) is quickly going through negotiations with Imagine Entertainment and Weed Road to make both a big screen trilogy and TV series adaptations. Ron Howard (Angels & Demons,The Da Vinci Code, A Beautiful Mind) will direct and Akiva Goldsman (Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend and I, Robot) will write the script.

The Dark Tower is a seven-book series, often referred to as King’s version or answer to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The saga tells the story of Roland Deschain, the last member of a knightly order of gunslingers. His world it full of magic with an old western feel. Roland is on a quest to save the world by finding the mysterious and mystical Dark Tower that holds the key to the nexus of all universes. Along the ride he runs into many friends and foe alike.

A film verison sonuds like a good idea. My concern however is that while Ron Howard is a celebrated and accomplished director, I would not call him a fun director and The Dark Tower would definitely a wild and exciting ride. Looking over Howard’s last ten films, Angels & Demons, Frost/Nixon, The Da Vinci Code, Cinderella Man, The Missing, A Beautiful Mind, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Edtv, Ransom, sure they were all highly reviewed and well made, but were they fun? Not to me. I have to go all the way back to Willow to really love a Ron Howard movie, and I do really love that movie!!! I also really enjoyed Ransom.


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