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‘THE DARK TOWER’ TV Series in Development

August 3, 2017

the dark tower

With the feature film set to open in theaters tonight, it’s been announced that a spinoff TV series for THE DARK TOWER is currently in development and that former The Walking Dead and The Shield executive producer Glen Mazzara will serve as showrunner.

“I’ve been a Stephen King fan for decades and the opportunity to adapt THE DARK TOWER as a TV series is a great honor. The events of The Gunslinger, Wizard & Glass, The Wind Through the Keyhole, and other tales need a long format to capture the complexity of Roland’s coming of age– how he became the Gunslinger, how Walter became the Man in Black, and how their rivalry cost Roland everything and everyone he ever loved. I could not be more excited to tell this story. It feels like being given the key to a treasure chest. And oh yeah, we’ll have billy-bumblers!”

As previously said, the series won’t connect with the feature film, but will contain a bit of an overlap as it will adapt the fourth book in the series “Wizard and Glass”, which was primarily a prequel novel about the origins of Roland. Idris Elba is slated to appear as Roland Deschain aka The Gunslinger, along with Dennis Haysbert as his father, Steven Deschain, and Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers.

Since the story tells the origins of Roland, a younger actor will be cast in the role. No mention on whether Matthew McConaughey will appear as The Man in Black in the series, though Walter does appear in the story wearing a few different faces as a result the show could have a different actor.

Currently MRC is planning to do either 10 or 13 episodes for the first season, with a cable partner before the start of production in 2018. The film’s director Nikolaj Arcel and co-writer Anders Thomas Jensen are writing the script for the series, which has Akiva Goldsman, Gregory Lessans, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Jeff Pinkner attached as executive producers.


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