Yesterday is was announced that Ron Howard would direct the film adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series in a trilogy of films, and that in between each movie in the trilogy we would get a season of a Dark Tower TV series. These projects will be written by Akiva Goldsman and produced by Brian Grazer. I honestly couldn't be more excited for this project! It's going to be awesomely epic!
Now the creator of this epic tale, Stephen King, has given us his thoughts on this incredibly ambitious film and TV project. Here's what he told EW in a recent interview.
The Dark Tower is such a dense series — did you always think it needed more than a single movie or TV show treatment?
I always thought it would take more than a single movie, but I didn’t see this solution coming — i.e., several movies and TV series. It was Ron [Howard] and Akiva [Goldsman]‘s idea. Once it was raised, I thought at once it was the solution.
In a perfect world, who would play Roland? Eddie? Susannah? Jake?
The Twilight cast, of course! Just kidding. I haven’t got as far as casting in my thoughts, but when I write about Susannah Dean, I always kind of see Angela Bassett in my mind’s eye. Mostly I just want good people in those parts. Ron Howard will find them, I’m sure.
What about Ron Howard and NBC makes them a good fit for the franchise?
When working as a director, Ron is very similar to the way I work as a writer. We both tell honest stories that have (I flatter myself) style and substance but not a lot of show-offy frills.
And who would you want to play?
I’d love to be the voice of Blaine the Mono.
There’s a lot of blood in the series — how much is the TV series going to be censored? It likely would have been easier to join forces with a network without restrictions, à la HBO, no?
I don’t see that as a problem at all! We’ll have just enough latitude to make a great series. I’ve worked in network TV before, and every time I was squeezed a little, it just made me look for creative solutions. Besides, I always like to play in the biggest auditorium available!
So now that you've all had a little time to think about how Ron Howard wants adapt this book series, do you think it's a good plan? Are you excited?