Abrams Lost in the Tower
Just a few days ago we threw a link at you to an interview with Frank Darabont in which he discussed a lot of Stephen King-related projects; the one that scared me the most was The Dark Tower, however. No matter how talented the filmmaker is, there are just some things that I believe should be left alone.
Darabont wasn’t seriously considering working on the epic series, but today word has come down via various sources that J. J. Abrams might...
According to The Hollywood Reporter Abrams (creator of "Alias" and "Lost", in case you’re not into teevee) has a first-look development deal with Paramount for film projects and the same with Warner Bros. for television projects. Though The Dark Tower is not set up at either company, meaning if it does happen it’s yet to be determined on what scale, King has always said he's looking for someone who will handle the project with great care, a filmmaker who truly understands what the books are about. Abrams could be that filmmaker.
But wait, there’s more! IGN reported this morning that they have learned, without a doubt, that Abrams will be directing The Dark Tower, though they, neither, could confirm it as a TV or film project. Damnit, it better be an HBO/Showtime series similar to what is planned for Preacher if it is happening because there’s really no other way this could be done right.
King’s always been protective of his magnum opus so in order for him to hand it over to someone, it’s got to be a filmmaker he trusts. There is a mutual respect between King and Abrams, so perhaps he would feel all right with J. J. behind the camera, either as director or producer. King’s appearance at next weekend’s New York Comic Con, where he will be to discuss the recently released Dark Tower comic series (Issue #1 pictured), should bring about some more details, assuming there are more to be revealed.
Dread Central will be there so you’ll hear more as soon as we do!
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