There has been talk of a big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s epic Dark Tower series almost since the first book: Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, was published in 1982. Roland Deschain’s ongoing hero’s journey has always begged for a big screen interpretation. And there have been lots who would have liked to make it. Getting the right players to the table has been another story. But now Nikolaj Arcel has been tapped to direct and the project looks like it might be moving forward. From Uproxx:
The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, the last of the Gunslingers, as he journeys through a mysterious land that crosses elements of the old west with Arthurian fantasy. His goal is to reach the Dark Tower, a magical structure that acts as a portal and anchor to infinite universes. As the story progresses, the separation between universes begins to fall apart, sending Roland into numerous alternate realities.
If all goes according to the current plan, not only will The Dark Tower launch a new movie franchise, but a companion television show, as well. And with the way Stephen King wrote the series and tied it into several of his other popular books, there’s hopes that an entire shared universe à la Marvel may end up developing out of all this.
We’ll keep our ears open.