Movie critics do not like The Dark Tower at all. They're calling the new Stephen King adaptation a confusing, rushed mess that should have been an epic TV series all along.
The good news is that Sony Pictures is moving full-steam ahead with its Dark Tower TV series, set in the same continuity as the film. They've tapped former #TheWalkingDead showrunner Glen Mazarra to oversee the project, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The follow-up series remains very much in a cloud of secrecy as to how the plot will carry on the film's story, which itself is technically a sequel to the novel series. THR's sources are describing the show as an "origin project" that will adapt the fourth Dark Tower novel, Wizard of Glass.
The series is set to feature the return of #IdrisElba as the lead protagonist Roland Deschain (The Gunslinger) — though to what extent is still unclear — along with Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers, the young hero recruited to help defeat the Man in Black (#MatthewMcConaughey, not yet confirmed to return), and Dennis Haysbert in the role of Steven Deschain, Roland's father. The show reportedly will follow a younger Roland and an unknown group of protagonists as they face off against the evil forces that exist in Mid-World.
Mazzara, also known for creating the A&E horror series Damien, will also be the lead writer on the small screen continuation. He told THR:
"I've been a Stephen King fan for decades, and the opportunity to adapt The Dark Tower as a TV series is a great honor. The events of 'The Gunslinger', 'Wizard and Glass', 'The Wind Through the Keyhole' and other tales need a long format to capture the complexity of Roland's coming of age — how he became the Gunslinger, how Walter became the Man in Black, and how their rivalry cost Roland everything and everyone he ever loved. I could not be more excited to tell this story. It feels like being given the key to a treasure chest. And oh yeah, we'll have billy-bumblers!"
The series, which is still very much in the pre-production stages, looks to begin production on the 10-13 episode season sometime in 2018, while the film version of The Dark Tower hits theaters this week. Let's hope it finally does the books justice!
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(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)