Intrepid Pictures, the production banner for Midnight Mass creator Mike Flanagan and producing partner Trevor Macy, has acquired the rights to adapt horror icon Stephen King’s The Dark Tower into a television series.
Flanagan says he envisions the adaptation, which he has described as his “holy grail” project for most of his life, with a five season run in addition to two follow-up standalone feature films. The Dark Tower will be the third King adaptation for the pair, who previously adapted Gerald’s Game in 2017 and Doctor Sleep in 2019.
The series from King is comprised of eight novels, a short story, and a children’s book and is considered by many to be the author’s magnum opus. Written over the span of two decades, the story follows gunslinger Roland Deschain and his companions on a quest across multiple worlds and dimensions to the titular tower, said to exist at the center of all universes, while frequently coming face-to-face with the primary antagonist — the Man in Black. The Dark Tower also incorporates characters from other King properties, such as Salem’s Lot and The Stand, though it is unclear if those characters will appear in the live-action adaptation.
The main series consists of The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three, The Waste Lands, Wizard & Glass, Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah, and the climactic finale The Dark Tower, in addition to a later novel, The Wind Through the Keyhole.
Previous attempts to adapt the dark fantasy tale haven’t been well received. 2017’s The Dark Tower, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, received overwhelmingly negative reviews from audience members and critics alike, while Prime Video’s plans for a seven-season adaptation were canceled in 2020 after a pilot had already been filmed.
It has yet to be determined which platform the series from Intrepid Pictures will stream on.
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This news was first revealed in an exclusive interview with Deadline.
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