Good news for everybody who finally wants to watch the Dark Tower on the big screen: According to an exclusive actual report from Deadline.com, Sony Pictures will team up with MRC to co-finance the Dark Tower movie adaptation. The first movie will cover the first Dark Tower book, The Gunslinger. In parallel, a complementory TV series will be developed by Media Rights Capital.
The new script, drafted by both Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner, was totally reconceived from the first version that previously was developed when Universal and later Warner Bros were still in. The team will further comprise Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Erica Huggins, and, most likely, Stephen King himself as producers.
The first movie will be primarily based on the first book of the Dark Tower Series, The Gunslinger, and focus on the relationship between Roland and Jake. The film will be “a blend of horror and fantasy”.
Deadline’s article also mentions that “Numerous stars including Javier Bardem and Russell Crowe have eyed the role of the gunslinger, but that role won’t be filled until after the director is set”.
It also includes a statement of Stephen King himself, who sold the options for his works for $1 several years ago and “has been incredibly patient as this mammoth project — it’s his answer to Tolkien’s Middle Earth novels — has taken its time and its twists and turns. He’s sparked about where the project is now.”:
“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.”
Citation from Said Rothman:
“There are few projects out there that compare with the scope, vision, complex characters and fully drawn world that Stephen King has created with The Dark Tower. I am a giant fan. And, as Stephen himself does, we love the direction that Akiva and Jeff have taken. This is a great opportunity for a director to put his or her stamp on a cool global franchise.”
If you ask me, this all sounds very, very promising, since Sony has both the money and the capacity to finally take the Dark Tower to the big screen, and MRC is a good partner to produce the tv show. However, we had good news often enough through the last years, and until now all of them turned out to be unsuccessful. So let’s just wait where this leads and stay patient.
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