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“The Dark Tower” TV Series Will Be Origin Story With Idris Elba

When it was announced that Stephen King’s The Dark Tower was finally getting a feature film adaptation, a spinoff TV series was always part of the discussion. The fate of the franchise’s future will likely depend on how well next month’s movie does, but King fans will be happy to hear that the TV series is still part of the plan.

Speaking with Deadline, co-writer/producer Akiva Goldsman revealed that the scripting process has already begun, and that Idris Elba will most definitely be part of the series.

The first episode of a show has been written, and we hope to retain Ron Howard’s original idea to mix platforms, something that seemed revolutionary 10 years ago but now is something that others have done,” Goldsman said. “Idris for sure is part of this, and if the movie is Roland Deschain the gunslinger, the show is his origin story, based on the fourth novel in the series, Wizard and Glass.”

Next month’s film is not a direct adaptation of any of the books in the series from author Stephen King but rather a “canon continuation” of the story presented in the novels.

The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle.

Fran Kranz, Jackie Earle Haley, Abbey Lee, and Kathryn Winnick also star.

The Dark Tower was directed by Nikolaj Arcel and produced by Akiva Goldman, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Erica Hughes.

Look for it on August 4, 2017.

  • Devin Granzo

    I can’t wait for the reboot…

    • THE God

      Hilarious… me too

  • Jack Derwent

    So he’s going to play a 14 year old Roland?

    • Devin Granzo

      I was wondering the same thing. Give me a break, this Dark Tower thing is a mess.

      • Brando

        Wraparound scenes with Elba telling the story, is m guess.

        • Devin Granzo

          That would make sense. But nothing else about this screen adaptation makes sense, so who knows.

  • Ocelot006 .

    Well when this bombs….bye bye TV show.

    • Jack Derwent

      Yeah reminds me of how Van Helsing was going to have its own spinoff show called Transylvania.

  • Darkknight2149

    I just assumed that the show would pick up where the movie left off. I guess they are saving that card for a sequel.

  • Jada Maes

    It’s a good way to do it. I was disappointed with The Gunslinger Born comics at first because Wizard and Glass is the slowest book for me, but it really ramped up when they started expanding the story. Hopefully the series does the same thing.

    For the naysayers and whiners: why do you want the saga to fail so badly? If it does, you’re looking at ten years MINIMUM for rebooting. We’ve been waiting for this for so long, and it’s time to lock and load.

    • Devin Granzo

      I can wait another ten years. I’m not willing to accept this crap. The fact that they’re calling it a successor to the series rather than any kind of real adaptation speaks volumes. We haven’t been waiting for THIS for so long, we’ve been waiting for the Dark Tower. It’s a damn shame, but that’s how I see it.

      • stryker1121

        A real adaptation of the series would be un-filmable, considering the content of the last 3 books. Too abstract, too much of King’s exorcising his demons to have any meaning to a wider audience.

        • Devin Granzo

          So that’s why you change some details. Streamline it for TV or a movie series. Not change the entire narrative. And plot. And characters. It’s literally not even remotely the Dark Tower, at this point.

          • Neil Matthews

            FML did you ven read the books to the end ? it is another cycle. he has the horn of eld which means****SPOILER ALERT**** he has already climbed the tower and opened the door. this movie starts where the books END. get a grip

    • Garbageface

      Nobody wants this to fail. It’s just really, really clear that it’s almost certainly going to. Look at that fucking poster.

      • Jada Maes

        Which one, the poster with a Slow Mutant and Taheen hidden in the scenery, or the badass character posters? Plus, since when does a poster prove anything about the flick?

        • Garbageface

          The shitty one in this very article. It’s not just the posters. I don’t care that they’re following the books exactly. I do care that nothing about any of the trailers I’ve seen feels like the Dark Tower in the slightest.

          • Jada Maes

            And nothing really would. Adapting the books straight up would be pretty much impossible, so they’re making a popcorn flick of it. And if it does well, we’ll get more, and Eddie and Susannah will show up and that’s pretty much all I care about 🙂

          • Garbageface

            Are you saying the atmosphere and feeling of the Dark Tower is unfilmable?

          • Jada Maes

            I’m saying that establishing the Tet Corporation, the metafiction that pops up in the last three books, all the pop culture references, Roland’s flashback to Mejis, and *spoiler alert* the anticlimatic ends of both major villains… It all works in literary form, and on film you’d put the audience to sleep. It’s possible through a multimedia experience (hence the series), but you could never do a full adaptation of the books because they’re so goddamn loopy.

            Is it a bit disappointing that they’ve changed the storyline? Yes. But the Walking Dead has shown you can alter things and still tell an ultimately faithful story. Don’t want to watch it? Then don’t. It’s one of my favorite series, starring two of my favorite actors. I have faith.

          • Garbageface

            I mostly care about the fact that it looks like a third rent Matrix rip off. If this wasn’t a Dark Tower movie, I wouldn’t have even thought twice about going.

          • Jada Maes

            I feel that’s mostly the marketing. There’s a whole movie in there that we haven’t seen yet.

          • Ryan

            you lost me right there cuz Walking Dead is shit show, literally.

          • Jada Maes

            I’m not a fan either, but just an example.

        • Serena Vaters

          Woah woah woah! Where in the posters is that? That sounds so cool!

          • Jada Maes

            The one with the outline of the Tower and Jake and Roland at the bottom. Flip it and zoom the area around the Man in Black. You’ll find one of the green skinned sonsofbitches and either a Taheen or a vampire. They blend in well

      • Dan Chak

        So MANY wanted this to fail as soon as they hired a black actor to play Roland.

        • Jada Maes

          Which is a bunch of horseshit. I read someone complaining that “this will ruin the whole culture of Mid-World.” It’s like… WHAT FUCKING CULTURE?! They’re cowboys and magicians for Chrissakes, not the Ming Dynasty!

          • Dan Chak

            Sweet baby Jeebus, YES.

    • stryker1121

      I don’t want it to fail. But the talent involved, the trailer and the lack of buzz makes me think it’ll stink on ice. And I like the idea of a continuation, particularly if the Horn of Eld is involved.

      • Brandon MisterJuicy Alexander

        you see the horn in the very first trailer 😉

    • Jack Derwent

      I have the books on my shelf to read whenever I want, this movie failing doesn’t mean squat to me.

      • Jada Maes

        See that’s the right attitude. If the so called “real fans” really hate it so much, then just reread. Don’t shit on the people who made the movie or the people who want to see it.

  • Hack Snyder

    This movie is gonna flop so hard. I’m sure the Sony higher ups know this movie is a disaster but for now they’re gonna pretend everything is fine. Never forget that Fox insisted there was gonna be a sequel to F4nt4stic 4.

    • Jada Maes

      The Sony higher ups pushed it from the February burial ground to the height of summer movie season when they saw a rough cut, AND raised the special effects budget. That sounds like good faith.

      • TheRealBadHatHarry

        You don’t know what you’re on about. They delayed the release because they mandated reshoots and a new editorial staff before they cut it down to 89 minutes. Sony hates it.

        • Jada Maes

          If they hated it, they would’ve left it in February, where they bury stuff they don’t care about, not move it to the most potentially lucrative time of the year.

          • TheRealBadHatHarry

            Sorry pal. You’re out of your depth.

          • Jada Maes

            Who you callin’ pal, friend?

          • Evan3

            Who you calling friend, buddy?

          • Jada Maes

            Who you callin’ buddy, Chum?

          • Sean Molnar

            I’m not your buddy, guy

          • Jada Maes

            I’m not your guy, palooka.

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  • SpacemanSpliffz

    i’m ready for this flick, but telling roland’s story in the order of the books is how i would have liked to see it done

  • The Drucifer

    Don’t worry guys that thing we slashed the budget of, barely advertised and throw horrible photoshop posters of is totally going to live on in a show on everyone’s favorite network…U.P.N.

  • Tiger Quinn

    I guess making this like a normal movie was just too straightforward an idea, right? I kept hearing about how the source material was “too dense” (points to Beowulf, Lord of the Rings, Shakespeare, Watchmen, or any number of epics with similar densities) but I don’t buy it. A three hour movie that starts with saving Jake, while incorporating backstories of Gunslinger and Drawing would have worked fine, led into the Waste Lands for the second movie (where you can work in Wizard and Glass’ backstory) and then feel free to ditch whatever Dr. Doom stuff you don’t like going forward. I don’t get their approach at all, nor choosing MMc for the Walking Dude.

  • Cody Briscoe

    Y’all really think it’ll take 10 years to reboot Dark Tower should this fail? Reboots are happening sooner and sooner every year.

  • The movie will bomb. The series won’t be made. End of story. Fuck you, Hollywood.

    • TheRealBadHatHarry

      That’s about as foregone as a foregone conclusion can be. The movie is a disaster, everyone ruined it, there are no good guys, and when it craters opening weekend we’ll finally be able to stop talking about this bullshit until someone with integrity comes along and redoes it correctly.

      • Evan3

        I never read the books, so I’d be interested to know your qualms.

        • TheRealBadHatHarry

          It’s not really about my qualms. I’ve only read the first couple of books myself, and never loved them. But this movie was savaged by its own studio — they chopped it down to 89 minutes before credits, and hung the filmmakers out to dry. Of course, by all accounts it was a poorly made movie to begin with, so it would seem everybody is a villain here. The director became notorious for showing up to set 2 hours late, the script is a hopeless mishmash of the book and some other random ideas, and the studio hates it and is dumping it. The reek is strong, even people who don’t care about movies can smell it.

          • Dickens Dumont

            you are correct. that’s never ever good on a set. that’s when you can tell the production was bad and the product is gonna suffer for it. the director is the king at the helm. if he doesn’t take the project seriously, no one on set will. he/she has to be the captain of the ship at all times. and when the studio doesn’t believe in it, that’s extra bad. but you know the studios. they always think you can throw money behind a failed production to salvage it but it never works. ever! i didn’t even know it was like that on the production of this movie. you are right. it’s gonna bomb. hopefully audiences prove us wrong otherwise but when you are leaving with fans of your material, you have to get it right or they will take a dump all over it. especially in this day and age, where anybody can set up a website and voice their opinion on a film. heck, they can do it on twitter, facebook, instagram, etc….for free. they can’t play around with this

          • THE INTERNET

            Where is the proof of any of this happening?

        • Michael Hopkins

          From what I can see of the trailer, it looks like an interesting adaptation. I like the ruggedness of Elba as Roland. It makes sense that they cut the number of characters of the “ka-tet” for a movie just for the sake of keeping the story fairly simple. I can see them growing the ka-tet to what it ends up being in the books if the story becomes a good TV or cable series.
          There is no really good over-arching plot in the 7 novels that make up the original series and there are things that the books do really poorly and end up having to painfully remedy later on (Susannah’s pregnancy and subsequent demon child added nothing of real value to the narrative, for example; Walter’s reappearance in book 7 was equally pointless except as a matter of tying off a loose thread). Nevertheless, the characters are compelling and the the first few books are particularly fun.
          If you ever get around to reading the original 7 novels of the series and then you read the later two additions, you may find that you enjoy the last two stand alone novels a great deal more than the seventh book of the series because the magic of the world and the strength of the characters is preserved without having to deal with the chaos of the lack of planning of the rest of the series.
          So, let the movie exist in much that same fashion – as a related story that has a more well developed narrative and the magic and strength of the world and characters of Mid World and End World, etc. If it does that, I think it can be very successful.
          The big differences that you can see between the movie and the books are things that are either not vital to the character of the story (the race of Roland – who really cares what color the Gun Slinger’s skin is) or that would not make as much sense on the big screen as it does in a series of novels (the idea of infinite worlds presented in the novels as opposed to two or so on screen). The last thing – the Man in Black / The Crimson King – (seriously, Stephen King, did you just forget where you were going with those two or did you get tired of writing?) That was a huge fail in the books. The Man in Black ends up being fairly inconsequential when all is said and done and in the end is killed off just to make the story a little cleaner while the Crimson King’s role, which we wait for over six and a half books to see, ends up being more inflated and pointless than ever. Nothing could make more sense in an adaptation than to combine those two into the same character.

  • Dan Chak

    Hopefully all of you doomsayers are completely wrong. The cast is excellent, Stephen King has seen it and said it was ‘terrific’, and as far as the shortness of the movie, the first book was painfully short itself.
    I’ll be going to see it. I’m hoping it is awesome and gets enough peeps watching it to continue the series, because this is one that won’t be rebooted any time soon. It’s too complicated, too layered and far too different of a King tale to be given anything than this one chance.
    Stop pissing in my Wheaties, please.

    • Wtdk

      These did well in theaters Suicide Squad, Don’t Breathe, Pete’s Dragon, Sauage Party, War Dogs. If you have a long enough memory prior to 1973 the summer didn’t have ANY blockbusters. Then Jaws came along. I’m not suggesting that this will be Jaws but this also wasn’t the original release date and post production work pushed it to August. All it takes is one film and you can change the paradigm.

  • greaseygranny

    An August release date tells you all you need to know. Name 5 blockbuster films that came out in August and were successful.

    • Kagemorou

      Guardians of the Galaxy (the first one), The Expendables, Inglorious Basterds, The Bourne Ultimatum, District 9, Suicide Squade (Meh movie or no, it still did really well in the box office), Alien vs. Predator, XXX, Superbad, (opening week of over $33,000,000. Not bad.) and an oldie but goodie, The Sixth Sense. That’s 10. Should I go on?

      • JonSnowFan17

        Lol,rekt,i love how the dude didn’t respond back

        • greaseygranny

          2 of those movies are in the top 100. Guardians of the Galaxy and Suicide Squad. 1 of those 2 movies were hyped to be a Blockbuster. Suicide Squad got pushed back for an August release date because the movie was horrid. Therefore they released the film in August so it wouldn’t have to compete with ACTUAL Blockbuster movies. If the film was released in June or July and word of mouth got out that it sucked, people would opt to see a different blockbuster movie. Crushing ticket sales. August is safe for a movie that sucks because all blockbuster movies have already been out for a month or two. What is so ironic about everything I just said, is that The Gunslinger was going to be released in Feb but got pushed back because Sony didn’t like the way it looked. It then had a release date in June. That also got pushed back because Sony still thinks it sucks.

          From horrid casting calls, to the director calling everyone a racist that didn’t agree with the casting, to problems on the set and the short amount of time it took to film, I assure you that this movie is going to suck.

          As for Inglorious Basterds, XXX, Superbad, District 9 and Sixth Sense, nobody even heard of those films until a week before they came out. Not one of those films were hyped to be Blockbusters. This movie has a 4 decade 7 book following. Was supposed to be a Blockbuster movie. People have been waiting forever. August releases are for movies that can’t compete. It’s reality.

          • JonSnowFan17

            Dude just admit you were wrong and stop dillydalling,nobody likes sore losers !

          • greaseygranny

            You were the vagina blood fart that didn’t think I would reply. The same one that can’t form a sentence. Can you also not read. It gives a full description on why I’m 100% correct. Try this. Run up from the basement, grab your mom and ask her to explain it to you. Good luck snowflake.

          • JonSnowFan17

            So butthurt just because you can’t admit your argument went to shit,keep it up with the original insults,i’m sure that makes you feel better having an empty head !

          • greaseygranny

            I didn’t insult you. I simply called you what you are. You don’t agree with the facts which are presented in my explanation and acted as if I was so burned that I would not have a retort. You do not see me insulting the guy that posted the 10 movies. Because he represented his point of view in a mature manner. You acted like his response just ripped me in half and I wouldn’t reply. Then, after a factual based retort, you tried to insult me and called me a sore loser.

            This is how I know you’re a snowflake.

            Furthermore. Who was in an argument? I see nobody arguing. I explained the facts. And that’s just what they are. Facts.

          • JonSnowFan17

            So those strawman arguments are called facts in your imaginary mind ? Also like i said you,try coming up with some original insults at least,snowflake got old 2 years ago !

          • greaseygranny

            Vagina bood fart is not an original response? Well, I guess in your case you probably get that a lot. Try google on my “strawman arguments”. Facts from the Internet. Slow down on the retard cheeseburgers bro.

          • James Jones III

            Greasy-shitstain cannot help himself, he’s an idiot to the fuking bone.

          • James Jones III

            Greasy-anus facts: dumb as fuk. Closet homo. Loves own thumb buried in own ass. Loves taste testing said thumb. Needs new haircut, looks like a beaver knawed on it.

          • James Jones III

            Forgot another set of Greasy-anus facts: masterbates to said movies in mommies basement. Sits in corner of basement,beating his wee wee, fantasizing about watching mommy in the shower.

    • James Jones III

      STFU you simpleton.

  • Servo X

    DOOMSAYERS ? more like fans who read all the books & feel totally betrayed by KING & what the movie company has done with a story book fans waited for ever for ever only too get another telling from the books , sad really

    • Jubi Jonson

      Well, it’s a continuation, actually.

      • Mooseflapper

        “Continuation”. Movie speak euphemism for total fucking mess.

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  • marshally

    No matter what anybody says, The Dark Tower will do well opening weekend. There a hugh King fan base that’ll come out of their crevices simply out of curiosity, plus those who’ve never read the book, and fans of Elba and/or McCaughey, plus Ron Howard has his stamp on it. Wont be a blockbuster, but it’ll do well.

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