?Seriously. My mind is blown. Maybe Dark Tower fans could have hoped for a movie or a trilogy directed by a Darren Aronovsky or a Chris Nolan or something, but honestly, I think the actual news is still probably better:
Universal is making a Dark Tower trilogy of movie and a TV series. Furthermore, the TV series will run in-between all three movies, bridging them together. This is fucking amazing.
The only downside is that the project is in the hands of Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer. Howard will direct at least the first movie and TV series, Golsman will write the movie scripts, and Grazer will produce. This is pretty much the team that did The Da Vinci Code movie, which is hardly a benchmark of fine cinema, but it’s also the team that did A Beautiful Mind — point is, they’re competent if nothing else, and I think that’s probably a small price to pay to get the movie trilogy/TV series deal. They’ve also won Academy Awards, if that means anything to you (it doesn’t to me). Maybe a few more details courtesy of Deadline will sweeten the deal for you?
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
I’m on board. What do you guys think?