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Abrams, Lindelof to start Dark Tower after Lost

TheDarkTower.jpgJ.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?



It's an interesting point you made at the end, but I'd slightly change it. Is the series well written enough to sustain seven films?

I'd say the answer is no. Although I love the series there are weak books in there and definitely weaker sections. I can see somewhere from four films upwards being made.

Yeah. It will come as no surprise, to find that I'd be quite happy if Wolves of the Calla were one of the books to give way!

I haven't read the books yet, but have been told to do so on endless occassions. I am a huge fan of Abrams and Lindelof on all fronts, so hearing a new epic in the works from one of my favorite teams is just the jumpstart I need to dive into the series. Seven films does sound like quite a bit though..If anyone can do it though its these guys, Lost continues to impress me every week, I personally think it's setting a new standard for fantasy/horror epics..So I am excited to say the least.

totally in agreement with Matty about Lindelof/J.J. and Lost. In my opinion, the level of entertainment contained in their show has no equal in either screen, and can't wait to see what they come up with for Star Trek.

My mother has been an avid King fan my whole life and she's urged that i read the Dark Tower and the Stand more than anything else printed. I never listened to her.

The premise for the series is perfect for a franchise, but i'm kinda in the dark. I didn't think they'd brought the series to a wrap yet. Have they? my understanding was that the wolves was the latest stoy in the series.

Nope, I've read the last in the series, The Dark Tower, and it's a mammoth book and a great read. I'm not afraid to say that there were tears when I finished it, I'd been reading them since the first was released and really had come to love the characters and story, genuinely didn't want it to end.

Oh, and yes I agree on the Lost front, it dipped a little but it's really starting to pick up and tie together some of the story threads really well. It is a cracking series.

I reckon it's probably in the right hands, but having just seen Star Trek I hope that they learn to lay off the accelerator a little sometimes and take in the characters and the air around them, that was what a big portion of the Gunslinger series was about for me.


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