Author Stephen King created his book series The Dark Tower in the early 1980s, and they’ve spawned eight novels over thirty years. For almost the entirety of their existence, devoted fans and observers have been hoping that the popular series would get some kind of adaptation into live-action. While it’s come close to happening a few times over the years, a solid deal never actually materialized.
That is, until now.
According to Deadline, movie rights to Stephen King’s The Dark Tower book series has been picked up by Sony Pictures Entertainment, with at least the first installment in film form being co-financed with Media Rights Capital (MRC). According to the report, Sony is looking to score a big win with a large franchise, a series that will have longevity for years to come. The first script for the proposed series will be primarily based on the first novel, The Gunslinger, and is reportedly on the fast track as the studio is expected to aggressively pursue filmmakers to get the first installment produced in a timely fashion.
The Dark Tower series primarily follows a character named Roland Deschain, the last living member of an order of knights known as “the gunslingers.” The world of the books follows many of the tenets of a feudal society, and while committing to the stylistic aesthetics of the American Old West, there are also elements of magic are also known to exist within the series’ world, even though many of the magical elements have mysteriously disappeared from it. Roland is on a quest for the fabled Dark Tower, which is a mythical structure that is believed to be a convergence zone for a series of universes. With Roland’s world coming apart at the seams due to some cosmic event, finding the Dark Tower will hopefully provide him with the answers he needs to save it and his universe.
Drawing from elements of multiple genres — like westerns, science fiction, horror, and fantasy — The Dark Tower is certainly a very imaginative universe that seems ripe for cinematic adaptation. Echoing these sentiments, King himself released a statement with the newsbreaking story, praising the approach that will be taken. He said,
I’m excited that The Dark Tower is finally going to appear on the screen. 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.
The director for the first film is expected to be the first position filled before any casting takes place. For more on this as it develops, be sure to keep a tab open to GeekNation!
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