Famed horror author Stephen King has confirmed that the planned TV series of ‘The Dark Tower’ will be a complete reboot. ‘The Dark Tower’ is King’s eight novel fantasy series about the last Gunslinger’s quest to reach the mystical tower. A movie version had unsuccessfully been in the works for years, with filmmakers such as Ron Howard attempting to bring it to life.
As we know, the film adaptation finally arrived in 2017, with Idris Elba playing Roland the Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as the wicked Man In Black. Despite this powerhouse cast, the film was met with less than stellar reviews and underwhelming box-office performance. A ‘Dark Tower’ TV series starring Elba was announced before the film’s release, but the talk went silent since the film underperformed, and the actor himself has admitted he’s not sure about its current status.
King shed some light on the series in a recent interview, and also gave his thoughts on why the film didn’t quite work for audiences. King said:
“The major challenge was to do a film based on a series of books that’s really long, about 3,000 pages. The other part of it was the decision to do a PG-13 feature adaptation of books that are extremely violent and deal with violent behavior in a fairly graphic way. That was something that had to be overcome, although I’ve gotta say, I thought [screenwriter] Akiva Goldsman did a terrific job in taking a central part of the book and turning it into what I thought was a pretty good movie. The TV series they’re developing now … we’ll see what happens with that. It would be like a complete reboot, so we’ll just have to see.”
While King was fully supportive of the film prior to its release, he has since mentioned that the movie’s PG-13 rating was probably a mistake. As King mentioned in his interview, ‘The Dark Tower’ novels are dark and full of carnage, and the film felt too tame in comparison.
While there were a couple of under-performers in 2017 like ‘The Dark Tower’ and ‘The Mist’ television series, King is having a hell of a year. The film adaptation of ‘IT’ is officially the highest grossing R-rated horror movie ever, Netflix movies ‘Gerald’s Game’ and ‘1922’ are receiving rave reviews, and TV series ‘Mr. Mercedes’ was just renewed for a second season. His success should continue into next year with the launch of ‘Castle Rock,’ a series set in the author’s fictional town, and ‘IT: Chapter 2.’
‘The Dark Tower’ TV series has not been given an airdate, but continue to check back for details as they become available!