Howard & Goldsman Taking Over Stephen King's Dark Tower
Given that we don't cover anything in TV and because I'm not that familiar with Stephen King's The Dark Tower, we haven't been following the development of an adaptation at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot over the last few years. The epic series of novels was going to be turned into a TV series by Abrams, but they no longer have the rights. Both Deadline and Heat Vision are reporting that the rights have ended up in the hands of Imagine Entertainment and Weed Road Productions. Akiva Goldsman (Angels & Demons) will write the script, Ron Howard will direct, and his Imagine partner Brian Grazer will produce with Stephen King.
Here's where things get a little hazy, though. Both sites reporting this news seem to be unsure if Universal will actually move forward with this or not. Heat Vision thinks this could still end up as a TV series, saying that "one scenario" has the movie leading into a TV series, kind of similar to Stargate. On the other hand, Deadline says that Universal is "in talk" to acquire a package deal that includes the books and this team of producers/writer/director, but Warner Bros is in the running, too. Obviously all of this is coming together as we speak, so if you're a fan of this series, you'll have to wait for confirmation on all of the exact details.
The Dark Tower is Stephen King's own take on spaghetti westerns and the world of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. They books focus on Roland Deschain, the last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers who exists in a world that has an Old West feel, but which is infused with magic. He is on a quest to find the Dark Tower, a structure that holds the key to the nexus of all universes. He meets many allies and enemies along the way, as the world crumbles around him. King has described the series as his magnum opus and there are a lot of hardcore fans out there. We'll keep you updated as this new version continues to develop.