The Dark Tower TV series is still in the works
Presented by: Christian Long
The battle between Roland Deschain and The Man in Black could soon be waged on the small screen. Despite the tepid critical and commercial reaction to last year's The Dark Tower movie, Amazon is still working to adapt its own unique version of the Stephen King book series.
In an interview with Deadline, Amazon studio head Jennifer Salke talked about a wide range of topics, which included a brief mention of where the studio stand on its adaptation of The Dark Tower.
"Those are scripts that I haven’t gotten yet," said Salke. "I’ll be seeing those, that material, in the coming weeks. None of those things are dead. They’re very much alive."
This news might come as somewhat of a surprise, given how poorly director Nikolaj Arcel's big screen adaptation was received last year. Despite the combined charisma of stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, the film was a jumbled, generic mess, and ultimately suffered from trying to condense too much from the sprawling eight-novel series into a two-hour runtime.
Parsing out King's work into smaller bits seems like a better formula for success. Last year's It hit a homerun by cutting King's novel in half, with the first film focusing on the characters' childhoods.
Amazon's approach to The Dark Tower could give the sprawling source material a chance to breathe in an episodic format. It's been previously reported that the series could be a prequel, following the events from Wizard and Glass, the fourth book in the series, though Salke didn't address those specifics.
The Dark Tower adaptation is part of Amazon's recent acquisition of several beloved sci-fi and fantasy properties, including Larry Liven's Ringworld, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, and their billion-dollar Lord of the Rings adaptation -- the latter of which Amazon hopes to have ready to view by 2021.
We'll keep you updated about The Dark Tower series as more details come to light.