It has taken Stephen King 22 years to complete, but now that his “magnus opus” is complete the inevitable is about to happen.
Although the idea was initially in the works by J.J. Abrams and his Bad
Robot production company, the project fell through only to give way to a
project that is double the scope of the initial plan.The new plan for the 7 book series that Stephen King began writing in 1982 and only recently finished in 2004 is to film a trilogy of movies. But of course it does not simply end there because in between each movie is going to be a television series filling in the gaps of the three movies. So basically viewers need to watch the movie, follow the television series, and then return for the next film.
Obviously this is a huge move on the part of those involved and puts a lot of faith behind the future audiences. Especially since audiences have to watch 10-12 one hour tv episodes rather than a 2-3 hour long movie. A film series of such a vast scope shows the hard work and creative work already going on behind closed doors.
Of course the people in charge of the creativity at the studios are the most interesting part of this new film/television plan. The first film and the complete first season of the television show will be filmed by director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind/Da Vinci Code) and all of it will be written by Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend) and Stephen King himself. Hopefully King doesn’t find himself out of place like most of the other films he was a part of.
For those unfamiliar with The Dark Tower, the book is about Roland Deschain who is the last living member of a knightly order known as gunslingers and the last of the line of “Arthur Eld”, his world’s analogue of King Arthur. His world shares technological and social characteristics with the American West but share many fantasy elements such as magic. In a lot of ways, the world that Roland lives in is a conglomeration of eras in time from our own world. Roland’s quest is to find the Dark Tower, which is a fabled building said to be the nexus of all the universes. Roland’s world is said to have “moved on”, and it appears to be coming apart at the seams. Mighty nations have been torn apart by war, entire cities and regions vanish without a trace and time does not flow in an orderly fashion. Even the sun sometimes rises in the north and sets in the east. As the series opens, Roland’s motives are as simple as finding this Dark Tower, but through later installments, shed light on many of his mysteries.
The Dark Tower Trailer
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Who’s It For?
The Dark Tower is an adult affair with dark imagery, violence, and sexuality. Those who love mixed genres will love it because it is a mixture of science fiction, fantasy, and western.
The Dark Tower Pictures
The Dark Tower Release Date
Look for The Dark Tower sometime in 2012
Who’s In The Dark Tower ?
Still unknown but Ron Howard is set to Direct
Lord of the Rings
What’s Good About It?
Fantastic mixture of dark fantasy and western elements.
What’s Bad About It?
It is a Stephen King book . . . but even I, a self proclaimed King hater, actually liked the books.
Our Clever Prediction
If Stephen King has a cameo in the movie, the film will bomb. IF he stays away, the movie could be bigger than Avatar. On the plus side, in two years, the 3D gimmick should be gone again.