Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Stephen King's Dark Tower Headed For Film, TV Series

I don't know if this is good news or not, but Stephen King's The Dark Tower is finally hitting the big screen and the small screen.

Universal Pictures and NBC Universal Television will produce both a film trilogy and a TV series based on King's series of books, the companies announced Wednesday.

Ron Howard is attached to direct the first film and first season of the series, which screenwriter Akiva Goldsman will pen.

The Dark Tower series, which dates back to 1982, is comprised of seven books, short stories and comic books. The fantasy follows a gunslinger's long quest to find The Dark Tower, a building said to be the nexus of all universes. For the record, the books rock. Save for the seventh volume, which has the worst ending of any series in history.

"I've been waiting for the right team to bring the characters and stories in these books to film and TV viewers around the world," King said in a statement.  "Ron, Akiva, Brian along with Universal and NBC have a deep interest and passion for the The Dark Tower series and I know that will translate into an intriguing series of films and TV shows that respect the origins and the characters in The Dark Tower that fans have come to love."

The TV series will debut immediately after the first film to bridge to the second film. The show's second leg will air between the second and third films.

-With files from The Seattle Post Intelligencer

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