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Red Brooklyn 09-09-2010 12:26 PM

Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" Coming To Film & Television
 
The Dark Tower to Become a Film Trilogy and TV Series

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by SuperHeroHype
Sep 9th, 2010

Based on Stephen King's series of novels

Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson and Co-Chairman Donna Langley—along with Jeff Gaspin, Chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment and Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC & Universal Media Studios—today announced that Universal Pictures and NBC Universal Television Entertainment have acquired the rights to produce three films and a television series based on the seven epic novels, short stories and comic books from Stephen King's The Dark Tower.

Ron Howard will direct the first film and the first season of television, which will be written by Akiva Goldsman. Goldsman will produce the film through his Weed Road Pictures with Howard and Grazer for Imagine Entertainment. Howard, Grazer and Goldsman will executive produce the television series for Universal Media Studios. Kerry Foster will executive produce the first film for Weed Road Pictures along with Todd Hallowell and Erica Huggins for Imagine Entertainment.


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Red Brooklyn 09-09-2010 12:33 PM

Very exciting news for fans. Still some lingering questions. NBC is one of the producing partners which concerns me a little. Not sure I like the idea of the series being on network television.

The basic film/tv breakdown (if I'm reading this right) seems to be something like:

Film 1 - The Gunslinger
Season 1 - The Drawing of the Three
Film 2 - Wastelands
Season 2 - Wizard and Glass
Film 3 - Wolves of the Calla/Song of Susannah/Dark Tower

kaplin42 09-09-2010 12:35 PM

As much as I want this to happen, I almost wish they wouldn't. This is my favorite story line, and I don't see how they can do any of it justice on TV or in film.

This had better be epic!

Red Brooklyn 09-09-2010 12:38 PM

Indeed!

I think it can be done, and I like the approach in theory. But I can't see the series being network. And I really can't see shoving Books 5, 6 & 7 into one film. That's insane.

But the idea is cool. And it seems like all involved care deeply about the property.

We'll see what happens...

Ebolapox 09-09-2010 12:41 PM

yeah. we're gonna shove, what, 3500-some pages worth of complex, complicated plotlines into (if we're lucky) nine hours of movies and MAYBE 15 total hours of show? I just don't see it. I've been wrong before, though.

vailpass 09-09-2010 12:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kaplin42 (Post 6988806)
As much as I want this to happen, I almost wish they wouldn't. This is my favorite story line, and I don't see how they can do any of it justice on TV or in film.

This had better be epic!

Yep. It would have to be 100 hours long.
Plus, don't we all picture Roland and the other characters a certain way in our minds? I'm guessing we all have a different picture. When they assign an actor to the character it makes it hard to get into sometimes.Which ending will they use? The one King wants to end book 7 with or the one after where Roland presses to the top of the tower only to find himself caught in and endless cycle of time? Or do they write their own ending?

The Mejis story will be a crowd pleaser IMHO. Young men and women and young love and politics and bad guys and evil and witches and such.
How will they portray the Breakers? The Rods? The slow muties? Andy the Robot Messenger (many other functions)? The people in the Calla?
TheTull scene will be graphic.



Ron Howard is all good.
Okay I want to see it.

Shag 09-09-2010 01:30 PM

I'm shocked it's taken this long for this story to come to the screen. The first four books, in particular, should translate really well to tv/movies, IMHO...

Red Brooklyn 09-09-2010 01:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vailpass (Post 6988828)
Which ending will they use? The one King wants to end book 7 with or the one after where Roland presses to the top of the tower only to find himself caught in and endless cycle of time? Or do they write their own ending?

My bet is that the movie ends with the ending King gives us. Then the Coda comes after the credits as little added bonus. :rockon:

Frazod 09-09-2010 01:54 PM

Much like the original Dune series, I made it through the first two or three books before I crapped out halfway through whichever one I was reading at the time (can't remember now, its been years).

Stephen King was a much better author before he became too big to have to listen to the editors.

Red Brooklyn 09-09-2010 01:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by H5N1 (Post 6988823)
yeah. we're gonna shove, what, 3500-some pages worth of complex, complicated plotlines into (if we're lucky) nine hours of movies and MAYBE 15 total hours of show? I just don't see it. I've been wrong before, though.

Exactly. And how long are the series' going to be? How many total episodes? 1 hr or 30min episodes? I think a lot of good ground can be covered in the series if they are 1hr episodes, limited (or NO) commercials, and 13 - 24 episodes each.

I personally would love to see The Gunslinger as a movie. Then have books 2 - 6 as a cable series. Then end the whole thing with a film of The Dark Tower VIII. The second film would have to be 2 1/2 or 3 hours and some of the material would have to be covered in the series to really do it justice.

Red Brooklyn 09-09-2010 01:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by frazod (Post 6988917)
Much like the original Dune series, I made it through the first two or three books before I crapped out halfway through whichever one I was reading at the time (can't remember now, its been years).

Stephen King was a much better author before he became too big to have to listen to the editors.

I would tend to agree. But The Dark Tower is just completely awesome. I actually don't think it gets long winded at all until the final book.

Frazod 09-09-2010 02:07 PM

Looking at the list, IIRC it was Wizard and Glass that lost me. I've picked it back up a couple of times over the years, but could never get into it again in any way. Too disjoined and verbose, and I particularly remember despising the Detta Walker character.

Red Brooklyn 09-09-2010 02:22 PM

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Originally Posted by frazod (Post 6988942)
Looking at the list, IIRC it was Wizard and Glass that lost me. I've picked it back up a couple of times over the years, but could never get into it again in any way. Too disjoined and verbose, and I particularly remember despising the Detta Walker character.

Yeah, Detta's a pill. But Susannah is a pretty fantastic character.

Funny that you lost your way during Wizard And Glass. That tends to be most people's favorite.

It took three tries for me to finally finish The Gunslinger. It was so difficult for me to get into, but once I'd hit book 3, I was completely and totally hooked.

Frazod 09-09-2010 02:28 PM

I'll definitely give the movies/series a shot, though.

keg in kc 09-09-2010 02:29 PM

This has disaster written all over it.


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