Will the Stephen King adaptations never cease? We certainly hope not — as the most adapted living author, and one still producing work, King adaptations are sure to be popping up for a long time yet. This latest one will be based on King’s The Dark Tower series, and will be making its debut on Amazon.
Yes, many of us remember the critically maligned The Dark Tower movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, which looked like it spelled the adaptation death of this popular series of books. However, all is not lost — a new series based on the books is heading to Amazon.
The show will be helmed by Glen Mazzara, who was the showrunner for The Walking Dead season 3. Nikolaj Arcel, who directed The Dark Tower movie, and screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen wrote a script for the pilot and will also executive produce the show, along with Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner, Ron Howard, and Brian Grazer.
The original idea was that the TV show would tie in to the film, but given how big of a flop it was, that looks unlikely now. Still, it wouldn’t require much of a change, given that Stephen King told Vulture, “The TV series they’re developing now … we’ll see what happens with that. It would be like a complete reboot, so we’ll just have to see.”
This could mean that the entire pilot needs to be scrapped, or that they can continue planning the series, just with less tie-in to the film. It’s not surprising that the project is moving forward, given how popular Westworld is on HBO and how both follow a similar aesthetic and feel, even if they live in very different genres.
There is no information as to when this series will begin shooting, nor a rough timeline of when it will be available for the viewing public.