The early reviews coming out for long-awaited big-screen adaptation The Dark Tower aren’t exactly full of praise (currently 19% on Rotten Tomatoes, for example), but perhaps things will go better on the small screen.
There’s a television series adaptation of Stephen King’s beloved work on the way. Although there’s no network officially attached as yet, the project will potentially have between 10 & 13 episodes and is being crafted as a straight-to-series outing.
THR is reporting that TV producer and writer Glen Mazzara, known for his work on The Shield, The Walking Dead and Damien, has been placed as showrunner on the planned series.
“I’ve been a Stephen King fan for decades, and the opportunity to adapt The Dark Tower as a TV series is a great honor,” Mazzara told the outlet.
“The events of The Gunslinger, Wizard and Glass, The Wind Through the Keyhole and other tales need a long format to capture the complexity of Roland’s coming of age — how he became the Gunslinger, how Walter became the Man in Black, and how their rivalry cost Roland everything and everyone he ever loved. I could not be more excited to tell this story. It feels like being given the key to a treasure chest. And oh yeah, we’ll have billy-bumblers!”
Despite it being early days on the project, there are a few things that are known. First of all, the series is to be based on Wizard in Glass, the fourth book in King’s Dark Tower series, and although it will be set before the events in the film, the series is said to be independent from the feature and is being described as origin story rather than a prequel.
Idris Elba, who plays the Gunslinger in the film, is attached to the series, as are Tom Taylor (who plays the boy Jake Chambers) and Dennis Haysbert (who plays Elba’s father, Steven Deschain). It remains to be seen if they end up starring.
It’ll be interesting to see which cable or streaming outlet acquires the project, which is eying a production start in 2018. Stay tuned.