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Dark Tower seven film series?

TheDarkTower.jpgLast year we heard that Stephen King had optioned the rights to The Dark Tower series to none other than J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof for a mere US $19, and perhaps some serious returns on profits and the right to have his name on it or off I’m sure.

Now there’s an update from Lindelof, and although it’s a delay, it’s still good news. One great thing about his words is that he’s not talking about a mini-series, amazingly he’s talking about a seven film series along the lines of Lord of the Rings.

I’ve read all seven novels, pretty much as they were released, and I was transfixed. The story of the gunslinger travelling through dimensions in order to save worlds is a great one, and surprisingly a very personal one.

I’ve never wept when I’ve read a book, but come the final pages of the last book I was. I couldn’t believe it, but I was profoundly affected by the characters and their journey, and that’s not an overstatement.

So for me it’s great news that Damon Lindelof is talking along the idea of having seven films for the seven books, and while he might compare them to Lord of the Rings, I might think they might be more akin to Harry Potter for adults.

AMC through /Film have the quote from Lindelof that reveals he’s far too busy on Lost for now, and that The Dark Tower series will have to wait until that’s done.

“The Dark Tower is to me every bit as daunting an adaptation as the Lord of the Rings trilogy must have been for Peter Jackson, except we’ve got seven books we’re looking at. And the idea of doing that at the same time Carlton and I are bringing Lost to a close is simply not viable. There are always Dark Tower conversations, but the figuring out of what this will look like as a movie has not begun. If The Dark Tower were in the right hands, I would love to see seven movies executed just right. But you have to get people to see the first one to get them to come and see the second one.”

I do have to come down to reality a little and wonder if there are enough Stephen King fans out there that would support the film and ensure it received the kind of success that would merit a studio running a seven film series, but remember that it wouldn’t carry the cost of Lord of the Rings.

Sure there are some big shots with plenty of effects required, but there’s nothing on the scale of some of the epic shots of Lord of the Rings. That’s why I would compare it more with Harry Potter for scale.

However, being realistic, The Dark Tower does not carry the same fan base as Harry Potter so it’s not going to be pulling in the huge money to make the studio want to produce seven films. Yet if it makes a profit, could we really see seven films of The Dark Tower instead of a mini-series? I’d love that.



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