Stephen King’s “DARK TOWER” back on track for the screen


It seems like forever that we’ve been hearing about various attempts to bring Stephen King’s DARK TOWER novels to cinematic life, and now it looks like (fingers crossed) we may finally see Roland Deschain at the movies (and on TV) soon.

Deadline reports that Sony Pictures and MRC will co-finance both a film franchise and a television series based on THE DARK TOWER. The script for the first feature has been written by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner, whose new draft is thoroughly different from a version previously developed for Universal Pictures and then Warner Bros. Pinkner will executive-produce the project and Goldsman will produce with his Weed Road company, along with Imagine Entertainment’s Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins; King himself may be involved as well. Sony and MRC will be going after directors shortly.

“I’m excited that THE DARK TOWER is finally going to appear on the screen,” King says in a statement. “Those who have traveled with Roland and his friends in their search for the Dark Tower are going to have their long-held hopes fully realized. This is a brilliant and creative approach to my books.” Adds Sony’s Tom Rothman, “There are few projects out there that compare with the scope, vision, complex characters and fully drawn world that Stephen King has created with THE DARK TOWER. I am a giant fan. And, as Stephen himself does, we love the direction that Akiva and Jeff have taken. This is a great opportunity for a director to put his or her stamp on a cool global franchise.”

Casting has yet to be determined, but the books’ many devoted fans will not doubt be keeping a sharp eye on who’s chosen to play the gunslinger and his cohorts. Stay tuned for further developments!

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