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Stephen King’s novel series The Dark Tower will be adapted into both a network television series and a motion picture trilogy. Both of these projects will be creatively driven by the team behind A Beautiful Mind: Akiva Goldsman and Ron Howard. Goldsman and Howard will be directing and writing the first feature and season of the television series, respectively. Brian Grazer, Howard’s business partner from Imagine Entertainment, will produce.
Here’s what Goldsman had to say about the project:
"We will certainly be looking to maximize both creative and fiscal opportunities by creating one enterprise that encompasses TV and movies. Some of the shooting will likely encompass both platforms, and that has never been done before. It's thrilling, we feel like kids in a candy story."
Don’t worry about any scheduling conflict with Howard, as he should have plenty of time to focus on the upcoming project of epic proportions:
“I’m finishing ‘The Dilemma’ [the comedy starring Kevin James, Winona Ryder, and Vince Vaughn], and then I don’t have anything scheduled and I plan to work hard on this with Akiva and Brian. We will refine our take on the feature and TV shows. We have a clear view of what we want to do, and we’re lucky to have a company with the nerve to back us up on this venture.”
The plan is that the project will start with the first film in the series, followed by a string of television episodes segueing into the second film, another TV series and a final film.
Since this project will be the talk of the town for quite awhile, expect casting announcements to be made in the near future. It will be interesting to see which actors are willing to commit their lives to a three-film two-TV series deal. With a great team and amazingly calculated multimedia plan behind it, “Dark Tower” will easily be one of the most ambitious projects in media history.