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Dark Tower Talk

Get ready, King faithful. It looks like a big screen adaptation of The Dark Tower may be a little closer than we thought. JJ Abrams recently sat down with both IGN and MTV and slipped in a couple of slivers of Dark Tower-y goodness!

Damon [Lindelof, producer] is obviously still on ‘Lost’ and we’ve been working on Star Trek together,” Abams tells MTV. “As soon as ‘Lost’ is done, hopefully we’ll begin tackling [The Dark Tower series].”

Click on the above link for the full story, or check out IGN’s video interview below.

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  • jerrydazzlepants

    I suppose I should actually read the books, hey?

    Slowly working my way through King’s work :)

  • Mephistopheles

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    The biggest problems I see with the films being made are basically how dependent they are on the rest of King’s work. A number of major characters are introduced in books outside the DT canon (Randall Flagg and the Crimson King). One of the major subplots in the final three books is the redemption of Father Callahan, and to fully appreciate that you need to read ‘Salem’s Lot. Then there’s Dinky Earnshaw and Ted Brautigan who pop up in the last book. I mean, I suppose it’s not impossible to understand the series by itself, but you’d still get the impression of missing some fundamental pieces of the puzzle without the related works.

    And from a filmgoer’s perspective, there’s tons of stuff that is INCREDIBLY anticlimatic in the final book. For example, Randall Flagg is built up to be a a HUGE threat throughout the entire series, and he gets taken out in one chapter by a crappy new character. And the Crimson King, the huge unseen Sauron-like menace, is finally revealed to be an old man who looks like Santa Claus screaming “EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!” while throwing explosives that (I kid you not) are based on the Snitches from the Harry Potter books.

    That, and there’s that little bit about Stephen King writing himself into the series.

  • Cash Bailey

    The first four books are sublime.

    The last three post-accident books are bloated and veer dangerously close to jumping the shark many, many times. But the ending of book 7 is amazing.

    And there’s no way on earth these movies will ever get made.

  • The Unknown Murderer

    Hugh Jackman as Roland Deschain, please.

  • Rottenjesus

    I really liked the idea of Genndy Tartakovsky was going to spearhead an HBO animated DT series a few years ago.

    But this sounds really interesting and I hope they can pull it off.