Seeing as The Dark Tower book series is one of my favorites, ever since news broke about its unprecedented development … I’ve been chomping at the bit for any new information.
Thankfully, Deadline caught up with Actor/Director/Producer Ron Howard about the project.
“It is going well, and it has been incredibly stimulating to work on,” Howard said. “It’s dense, a great author’s life work is not to be taken lightly. It has been utterly fascinating to explore it, and we are having great creative conversations. I’ve begun tossing and turning at 3 in the morning over it, so that’s a good sign.”
The process will start with a large theatrical feature, directed by Howard, followed by a season of TV episodes beginning that Fall, also directed by Howard. That season will then transition into the second feature film. Once that is released, a second season of TV episodes will again follow up that film, but this time focusing on the lead character, Roland Deschain, as “a young gunslinger” (the story behind which will be informed by Stephen King’s prequel comic books). Lastly, a final film will round out the series, returning to the aged Deschain as he completes his journey.
The first movie in this amazing chain of events is set to be released on May 17, 2013.