THE DARK TOWER Comes to The Small Screen Guns Blazing
The Dark Tower is hitting theaters tomorrow, Friday August 4th and is already receiving mixed reviews, (Read our review HERE!), which isn’t bad for a series of books that spanned 4 titles and averaged 500 pages each. When the film was first announced by Sony in 2015 it was already hinted that it would not just be a film to itself but would be the foundation of a possible television series, well, The Hollywood Reporter has recently shared that Glen Mazzara, of The Walking Dead, will be the showrunner for the TV series.
The project is still in the very early stages and is not set to begin production until 2018, there isn’t even a network signed on to the project yet but with the movie in theaters giving a taste of what can be expected, we can already see a line forming.
The television series will have Idris Alba, Dennis Haysbert, and Tom Taylor, all main characters or key characters in the motion picture, which implies that though this film is meant to be somewhat of a stand alone, there ill be some continuity to be seen in the episodes of the series, especially since this is being seen more as a telling of an origin story for Roland, aka the gunslinger, and Wade, The Man in Black.
The film influence doesn’t just stop at the actors. There will be several executive producers part of the series team who had their hands in the production of The Dark Tower; Brian Grazer and Ron Howard of Imagine TV, along with Gregory Lessans and Akiva Goldsman of Weed Road Pictures, are all on board to produce this short series. The total amount of episodes to be made are between 10- 13. Glen Mazzara was excited to have the opportunity to work on the project and expressed his thoughts to The Hollywood Reporter during an interview;
“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….”
He went on to say;
“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.”
For now The Dark Tower will be in theaters tomorrow.