No Dark Tower Adaptation for Abrams

No Dark Tower Adaptation for Abrams When we covered the possibility of JJ Abrams working on a big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower along with Damon Lindelof, producer of “Lost”, fans were for the most part pretty excited. Sadly, it seems as if that excitement will be short-lived.

In a recent interview with USA Today Abrams revealed the following:

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a huger fan of The Dark Tower than me, but that’s probably the reason that I shouldn’t be the one to adapt it,” Abrams tells USA Today. “After working six years on Lost, the last thing I want to do is spend the next seven years adapting one of my favorite books of all time. I’m such a massive Stephen King fan that I’m terrified of screwing it up. I’d do anything to see those movies written by someone else. My guess is they will get made because they’re so incredible. But not by me.”

And there you have it, folks. Ship sailed. Who do you think has the chops to pull off this project? Sound off below!

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  • jkincer

    Bypass live action and go straight to anime. They could release a series of 1 hour OVA’s like Hellsing Ultimate and not have to worry about bad CG, condensed stories or major studio tinkering. You would potentially lose the big screen release, but they could release them to Showtime or HBO or XBox Live and have just as much impact.

    The Dark Tower is a just to huge to tackle live action. A Lord of The Rings type of effort/budget wouldn’t even be enough. That was only three books, we are talking seven here. Probably 25-30 hours of movie easy. That will never happen live action.

  • Floydian Trip

    I love Darabont as much as anybody but I think The Dark Tower would be too much for him.

    • The Woman In Black

      Apparently King agrees with you. According to Wikipedia (take it for it’s worth)” “King reported that he had turned down long-time collaborator Frank Darabont, creator of such films as The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption, after he had asked to do the film.” Velly interesting!

  • hegemon13

    Frank Darabont. He seems to be the only director to really “get” King. It’s like the two were born to be partners. After seeing The Mist, I am no longer concerned about whether he could handle the more horrific parts of the series. He’s the only guy I can imagine doing this right. Then again, he’s wrapped up with another of my favorite series for the near future (The Walking Dead).

  • Floydian Trip

    Oh contrare, The Dark Tower Books beg to be visualized. I say Peter Jackson but I don’t know anyone with a greater imagination.

  • Cash Bailey

    The first 3-4 books would make amazing movies. After that it all gets too meta and uncinematic.

    But yeah, Frank Darabont is the man. He should team up with Lindelof and Cuse. That would be most epic.

  • Rottenjesus

    Frank Darabont is definitely my only choice to adapt the DT books.

  • Cody

    Nobody. Just say no to Dark Tower movies.

  • mr. clark

    Frank Darabont, I’d trust him with just about any King project.

  • Floydian Trip

    Peter Jackson