Abrams, Lindelof to start Dark Tower after Lost
J.J Abrams and Damon Lindelof have had the rights to The Dark Tower for quite some time now. But both have been busy with Lost, and film projects.
Now with Lost one series away from completion, they sound like they are close to turning their attention to The Dark Tower.
In early 2007, Stephen King sold the film rights to his Dark Tower series to J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof. The series follows a gunslinger who goes on an arduous journey to save worlds. There's a lot more to it than that, but it would take a long time to explain! I'm working my way through it, and it's an amazing series.
At the time there was some confusion over whether it would be a TV mini-series or one off film. But then came the good news they were planning on making a seven film epic. That's one film for every book. Now J.J. Abrams has said that once Lost is over, The Dark Tower should begin.
Damon Lindelof and I talked to Mr. King. We got the rights for ['Dark Tower'] as a film. Damon is obviously still on ‘Lost’ and we’ve been working on ‘Star Trek’ together. As soon as ‘Lost’ is done, hopefully we’ll begin tackling that.
Lindelof sounds like he is still stuck in Lost world, which for some reason I left a long time ago.
We’re just so focused on finishing ‘Lost’ that it’s really hard to think about anything else. The last thing we want to think about is how to adapt a seven book series of, you know, basically the writer who we admire the most and look up to most and has inspired our work the most, and do anything with that. I think that it’s such a daunting task. We have a pretty daunting task in front of us ourselves [with the end of 'Lost'].
So it looks like The Dark Tower is getting closer to some action. It's going to take a huge budget to bring that world to the cinema. And as Richard has said before, it maybe doesn't have the fan base of Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. I had better get on with reading the series, two and a half books to go.
Any other Dark Tower fans out there? Would you like to see the series made into films? Is the series well read enough to sustain seven films?