If you’re a big studio like Sony and Media Rights Capital and unsure as to the future success of ‘The Dark Tower‘ television series but want to make it work, what do you do? How about hiring on the showrunner of one of the most successful television shows of all time? Glen Mazzara of ‘The Walking Dead’ fame has been tapped by these studios to adapt the television version of Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower,’ the show that is to be the connective tissue between the films, assuming the box office results warrant a sequel that is.
At the very least, it sounds like Sony is willing to gamble on at least one season of this series which will tell the story of a younger Roland portrayed by Idris Elba on the big screen as he learns to become a Gunslinger. The current plan for this show is a 10-13 episode straight to order that will adapt portions of both ‘Dark Tower’ and ‘Wizard & Glass.’ Not only that but if they continue down this path with a second film and season, it will give us insights on two other central characters which sound like they’ll be introducing in the second film.
While no network has yet signed on for the series, film director Nikolaj Arcel is helping to write the series.
According to Mazzara:
“I’ve been a Stephen King fan for decades and the opportunity to adapt The Dark Tower as a TV series is a great honor. The events of The Gunslinger, Wizard & Glass, The Wind Through the Keyhole, and other tales need a long format to capture the complexity of Roland’s coming of age — how he became the Gunslinger, how Walter became the Man in Black, and how their rivalry cost Roland everything and everyone he ever loved. I could not be more excited to tell this story. It feels like being given the key to a treasure chest. And oh yeah, we’ll have billy-bumblers!”
While Mazzara has a fantastic track record and experience in this kind of work with ‘The Walking Dead,’ it still seems that the series itself happening would almost depend on this weekend’s release of the film doing well.
Are you happy to hear that Glen Mazzara will be tackling the televised portion of ‘The Dark Tower’? Do you think that it will even happen if the film’s box office results don’t do well? Share your thoughts below!