There hasn’t been much news on the adaption of Stephen King’s enormous 7-book tale about a Gunslinger called Roland in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, searching for a mysterious Dark Tower (which to King’s writing credit makes absolute sense in book form even if that synopsis might make it sound very bland). But now there is actual news to report:
Sony has teamed up with Media Rights Capital (MRC) to develop a multi picture franchise and a related TV show.
Now news of the project is always good. Sadly Akiva Goldsman (Batman and Robin, Winter’s Tale, Insurgent) is still attached to the project. The latest screenplay by Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner (Fringe, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) will be mostly based on the first book in the series The Gunslinger, however it is a different script than the one developed for Universal and later Warner Brothers.
Sony chairman Tom Rothman had the following to say about the project:
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.
Of course right now everyone is busy working their own shared/interconnected universes to stretch stories for as long as possible. Still The Dark Tower and its central sense of weirdness and disorientation might not make for the most accessible movie-universe.
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