Never before has such an undertaking been attempted, but Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman have been tapped to direct and write Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series for not only film, but also television and I have to say, if done properly and cast well, this could be a glorious undertaking. Then again, I’m a huge King fan and his Dark Tower books are my favorites.
The plan, set up with NBC/Universal is to adapt the series into 3 feature-length films and a television series that would tie everything together. Howard and Goldsman have already signed on to direct and write both the first film and the first season of the television series. With the minds that brought A Beautiful Mind, and the Da Vinci Code to life, surely something good will come of this.
There are some things to ponder though. After the initial film, the television series would premier and tell the story between the first two films and, supposedly, leave a cliffhanger to go into the second movie with the second season of the television series picking up after the second film, etc. With that in mind, having an actor commit for such a long period of time may be a lot to ask, especially if Hollywood is seeking out A-list actors for the main characters and many of those actors do not want to be involved in television. While I would love to see someone like Clive Owen put on the gunslinger’s boot’s I don’t see it happening. Most likely, Hollywood will go for a lesser known actor willing to bridge the gap between movies and television. If they weren’t already doing television series like true Blood and Justified, I would say put Sam Trammell in the role of Eddie and Timothy Olyphant in that of Roland.
Next is a matter of material. If you have read the books you know that parts can be quite dark and grim and wouldn’t necessarily work on network television and may be more suited for a cable channel like USA or possibly a premium channel like HBO or Showtime.
The final problem is the director and writer. Well, maybe not a problem so much as their past works. Together Howard and Goldsman have both hit and missed when it comes to their projects. Separately they are responsible for Splash, Cocoon, Willow, Backdraft , EdTV, Batman Forever, A Time to Kill, Batman and Robin, and I, Robot. Combined they have produced such works as: A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code, and Angels and Demons. So the question that has to be asked is “Is this the right team for this story?” Since King is one of the best selling authors in the world, I can’t help but think there are millions of fans out there right now screaming the same thing I am thinking. PLEASE DO NOT MESS THIS UP!
Have you read the books? Who do you think could fill the shoes of the main cast? And remember, they have to go from film to television! I would love to hear your thoughts.