Steven King’s Dark Tower to become movies and TV series

It appears more of Steven King’s work will appear on the big and small screens. His epic fantasy series, Dark Tower, based on seven novels, short stories and comic books will become a set of three films and also become a TV show. The first film and the first season of the television series will be directed by Ron Howard.

The books chronicle the mysterious The Gunslinger as he travels across a desolate and vaguely post-apocalyptic landscape in his quest for a black tower. Portals along the way eventually allow contact with our own modern world.

The first film in the trilogy to be immediately followed by a TV series that will bridge the second film. After the second film, the TV series will show the adventures of The Gunslinger as a young man as a bridge to the third film and beyond.

Nothing like this has been done before so it’s surprising that studios are taking a risk this big on a fantasy story. I wonder if the audience will be there for the movies and series or if they will get burnt out on it before the third movie ever hits theaters. It would also seem that it is an idea that has little chance of picking up viewership along the way as you won’t be able to enjoy the series without enjoying the first (and later second) movie. I’m glad studios are taking chances but I have a feeling this will be something that won’t work as well as they hope. The Hollywood Reporter has more.

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