Stephen King’s seven book epic The Dark Tower took three decades to complete and now it’s getting adapted to film, Deadline.com reports (well, actually three films and a TV series. And for many years (even before the series’ completion in 2004), filmmakers have recognized the potential the story had but all were daunted by the thousands of pages the story consisted of.
Well, no longer. Ron Howard (Willow and Apollo 13) will direct the films, Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend) will write the screenplay and Brian Grazer (Robin Hood) will produce alongside Goldsman and King himself. Howard, Goldsman and Grazer were the trio that created A Beautiful Mind.
With multiple crossovers in many of his novels and short stories, it became the masterpiece King dreamed of, drawing influence from Lord of the Rings, The Good the Bad and the Ugly and Robert Browning’s poem “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came.” Imagine that. A fantasy epic, a spaghetti western and a poem.
The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, the last of a knight-like organization called the Gunslingers (imagine Arthur’s knights combined with Clint Eastwood), on a quest to destroy something called the Dark Tower. But first, he has to form a group of unlikely warriors to aid him in his quest. The story is told in a strange way, however, beginning with the protagonist being very mysterious and unknown with references to unexplained events until the fourth book Wizard and Glass which has a Lost-like flashback to Roland’s past. Recently, Marvel released a comic series telling the entire story in order.
While the excitement is running high on this project, it is without a doubt one that will encounter creative differences and problems along the way. But that’s to be expected when someone’s life work is being put on the line.
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