“Long days and pleasant nights, Gunslinger….”
For years we have been hearing that Stephen King’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower, may be coming to cinemas. Or TV. Or cinema and TV.
Well, now we’re getting the best of both worlds… all worlds, really.
Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman has teamed with MRC to co-finance The Dark Tower, Stephen King’s book series (eight in all) that, frankly, males Lord of the Rings look like a wet weekend in a forest park, say Deadline.
Sony will distribute the first set of movies, while MRC will distribute and develop a TV series to run with the movies.
It seems that Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner have written the first (new) script and it will be based on the first book, The Gunslinger, which tells the story of Jake, a boy from our world who finds himself in Midworld, a place where reality is melting around a world that looks and feels like the wild west. It will be part fantasy and part horror.
Goldsman is producing through his Weed Road with Imagine Entertainment’s Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins, King himself is also rumoured to be a producer.
Now comes the quest for directors and further writers… and then casting. And so the “Who should play Roland of Gilead” debates begin again…
Pleasant nights, indeed…
THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING! IF ANYONE NEEDS ME, I’LL BE IN MY ROOM!
And it looks like Ron Howard is excited too…