Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' TV Show Alive And Well: The Ambitious Movie-And-TV Plan

Dustin Kemp

Fasten your seatbelts, Stephen King fans: there are other worlds than these! And by "these," we are referring to the locations that appear in this coming February's adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower.

Although most people thought the idea of an accompanying TV show was dead after the prospective Dark Tower cinematic trilogy was revised to a single movie, movie creators and Stephen King devotees Ron Howard and Brian Grazer recently revealed in an interview with Deadline that a Dark Tower TV series is still slated to follow the release.

Later, the trilogy concept was axed, and it was revealed that The Dark Tower would only get one movie. That's a series that Stephen King fleshed out over 4,250 pages and 30 years (the first book, The Gunslinger, came out in 1982 and the last, The Wind Through The Keyhole, came out in 2012) that was going to be condensed into a single feature-length film? Could that really be done?

"One of the things we did was put together a team of Dark Tower researchers, devotees of the books," Howard told Deadline.

"We wanted to restructure the novels to be most cinematic and Stephen King agreed completely and understood the journey we were on immediately and supported it. We used this group to inspire our thinking and stay in the universe of Dark Tower."

"We focused more on the Jake Chambers-Roland relationship at the very center of the first movie as a way of launching the universe," Howard explained. "We simplified the story line, made it less expensive as a result, but we still utilized a lot of those important structural adjustments."

In fact, now that new life is being breathed into the Dark Tower movie, there is a very distinct possibility we will be seeing more movies from the series in the future.

"We're developing the television part now. We don't know what platform it will be on at this point, but we're developing the content in hopes for more movies that will cover the epic and the characters involved."

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