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Doctor Sleep director Flanagan’s dream project in The Dark Tower series

September 3rd, 2020 by Marc Comments

Man, one of these days we might eventually get an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower that does the amazing source material justice.

But for now, we have the awful movie (here) and the almost-happened-and-might-have-been-good Amazon series (here) and now, just make matters worse, Gerald’s Game and Doctor Sleep (both King adaptation) director Mike Flanagan has revealed that if he had a dream project, it would be The Dark Tower.

Speaking with fellow filmmaker Mick Garris as part of a virtual conversation for Fantasia Fest 2020, Flanagan was asked about his dream project: “I’ve got the answer that most Stephen King fans are going to have. The Dark Tower is forever going to be the story I wish I could tell. That would be the Holy Grail. I mean, talk about an adaptation challenge.

“So many very talented people have poured so much time and heart and soul and blood, sweat and tears trying to crack that… That for me would be the one. I don’t know how that would happen, or if it could happen. That property, it’s daunting. Just to think about even taking first steps toward it.”

King’s masterpiece eight-book series (although it ties into pretty much all his works over the years) has been on the boil in Hollywood for years, with Ron Howard set to direct Javier Bardem as Roland of Gilead with a trilogy of movie planned and a companion TV series too. But that all feel through and in 2017 we got the movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey and while I love Elba, he just was badly cast in the role – McConaughey was a good call as Flagg though.

Then amazon offered hope of a TV series from The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara, with a nicely filling out cast, but sadly the plug was pulled before it happened.

Will we ever get another chance to travel across Mid-World with Roland and his Ka-Tet again? Hard to say, but if it does happen, then give Flanagan a call, after all, the guy has experience with King and he also has The Haunting of Hill House under his belt, so he knows how to do scary too. He’s pretty much perfect.

Thoughts on Flanagan taking on the story of Roland Deschain? I want to hear them, gang…

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….