Abrams says no to Dark Tower?
This news could be good or bad for fans of The Dark Tower, it really does depend on which side if the fence you're on with regards the possible adaptation of Stephen King's seven book series (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com).
Previously we had heard that J.J. Abrams was set to direct with Damon Lindelof and himself writing and producing the epic. Stephen King himself was willing for it to happen, and even sold the rights for a mere nineteen dollars because he believed that they were really passionate about the story and would do it justice.
Well that could now be over.
”After working six years on 'Lost,' the last thing I want to do is spend the next seven years adapting one of my favorite books of all time. I'm such a massive Stephen King fan that I'm terrified of screwing it up. I'd do anything to see those movies written by someone else. My guess is they will get made because they're so incredible. But not by me.”
Now I don't know about you but that does sound very final.
”You'll be hard-pressed to find a huger fan of 'The Dark Tower' than me, but that's probably the reason that I shouldn't be the one to adapt it.”
Yes, I'd say he's definitely saying no to the adapting The Dark Tower series, and I'm both happy and sad at the same time.
As I've said before I got so involved in the series that I was actually in tears at the end of the final book. I had, after all, been following them non-stop since I started on The Gunslinger, and as soon as a new book in the series came out I was straight onto it. Come the ending, which was superbly imagined, the surprise and finality of the characters and storyline I had become so invested in, was a surprising blow to me.
So with a story that had that much affect on me, I find it hard to believe that it could be successfully adapted either as a mini-series or a film and still live up to the seven books that really captured my imagination.
However, at the same time I'm thinking that if anyone was going to successfully adapt the seven books into a strong film, or mini-series, it would have been J.J. Abrams.
What do you think? Is it really dead or just on hold, and is this a saving grace for the series?