Ron Howard Announces His Crazy Plans for the Dark Tower Adaptation

Posted by Michael Sacco on Sep 14, 2010 in Cinema, Television |

Dark Tower

We’ve heard for a while that Stephen King’s Dark Tower book series stands to be adapted into some kind of moving-picture media format, but it’s been up in the air in terms of the who and the how. Ron Howard, who’s now helming the project, recently told Deadline what he has in mind, and it’s a little crazy: a series that will span three movies and two seasons of a television show, using the same sets and actors. That’s right. He wants to begin the story with a film, then air a season of the television show immediately afterward, then release another film, then air another season of the show, then cap off the entire thing with another film.  Howard hopes that reusing sets and actors between the media formats will help save money; beyond costs, he says that the movies can provide really epic moments while the television show would allow character and story nuances to shine through. If he can get the project off the ground, along with screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, it might just be the Next Big Thing.

Michael Sacco is a writer and editor, currently working as Senior Editor at, part of Aol’s Joystiq network. His previous work includes an extended stay at Blizzard Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter!

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