As most of the readers here know, I am a huge fan of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower series of books and I not only have all the books, but have also read them numerous times.
So, when news broke about Ron Howard turning the books into an extremely complex project, I was beyond excited!
The plan, for those of you completely in the dark is this – A theatrical feature, directed by Howard, followed by a season of TV episodes that Fall, also directed by Howard. That season will then transition into the second feature film, followed by a second season of TV episodes will 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 part in this ambitious project is set to be released on May 17, 2013.
On the tone of the film:
Filmically, there are tones in this that I have never used before, tones of fantasy menace and elements of horror and real fear. And there’s the burden, on the characters, of this journey that is really palpable. That’s what we need to get on the screen. I think there’s something about [the Frank Darabont films] ‘Green Mile’ or a ‘Shawshank Redemption,’ the complexity and the ballast of them, those are two [of the Stephen King adaptations] where you do get the horror and suspense that’s there on the page. We’re charging ourselves with the responsibility of getting a real understanding of the material and utilizing many of the best aspects of the books and graphic novels.
On Howards dedication to the project:
I really can’t stop thinking about it. We’ve been meeting and talking and I’ve been reading and researching and just kind of living with it. I’ve been constantly going through stuff and I’ve just been re-listening to it [on audio books] on my iPod and we’ve been sending e-mails back and forth, ‘What about this approach? What do you think of this idea?’ We’re finding the shape of it. We’re moving quickly now, as quickly as we can, and I feel challenged in the most exciting ways.”
He nodded in a conversation with The Los Angeles Times when names like Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman and Jon Hamm were mentioned. He then went on to say, “Sure, those are some names and on ‘The Dark Tower’ fansites they’re all about Viggo [Mortensen]”