We know that Sony is actively pursuing Stephen King’s sci-fi-flavored Western book series The Dark Tower as a potential new franchise for the studio, and now it looks like they may have found their man to bring it to life for its first outing.
According to Deadline, Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel is being eyed by the studio to both rewrite and direct the upcoming first film in the series. The newbreaking report also alludes to the idea of his involvement beyond the first film in the series, which is expected to adapt the first book — subtitled The Gunslinger – that was released in 1982. To date, Arcel’s most notable project has been as the screenwriter of the original film version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, as well as his 2012 film The Royal Affair, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He’s also attached to direct Fables — an adaptation of the popular Vertigo/DC comic book series — for Warner Bros.
The report specifies that Arcel has not yet been signed to direct the upcoming film, but that talks “will begin shortly” for a deal that will position Arcel as the primary writer and director of the film. Sony’s deal, entered into earlier this year, will see them co-financing the creation of the film series along with Media Rights Capital, while MRC is also developing a television series based on the novels that will serve in a “complementary” capacity to the films. There’s certainly enough mythology to fuel both, as The Dark Tower has also been adapted into six successful limited series at Marvel Comics between 2007 and 2010.
Weed Road’s Akiva Goldsman and Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Erica Huggins are all going to produce, as they have been involved in the franchise’s development from the beginning of the adaptive process. MRC has also helped to keep the project alive by shepherding it when it was in-between studios. For more on The Dark Tower as it develops further, keep a tab open to GeekNation!
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