Dueling Stephen King projects are heading in very different directions.
First, Sony Pictures and MRC have offered the role of Tirana to Mad Max: Fury Road and Neon Demon actress Abbey Lee, pictured, in its adaptation of King’s The Dark Tower, Variety reports.
As of this writing, Idris Elba is on board to play Roland and Matthew McConaughey is on board to play the Man in Black.
Nikolaj Arcel is directing the movie, which is currently set to bow on Jan. 13, 2017.
The first installment in the series of books focuses on Roland, the Gunslinger, establishing a relationship with young protege Jake Chambers. It is unknown how faithful to the book the role of Tirana will be in the films.
On the depressing end of the news, Roy Lee, producer on The Stand, tells Collider they are in a holding pattern, and that a television series is no longer in the works.
“Right now it’s just in a holding pattern trying to figure out how to best make the movie because we’ve toyed with breaking it up into multiple movies, making it into one, making it into two. The latest draft, Josh Boone had written it and he was very anxious to make it but since then has written another script, Revival, which he’s gonna do beforehand, so we’re just waiting for that.”
In regards to the television series, Lee says it was abandoned.
“There was definitely talk about doing that but the logistics made it very difficult to try to do a worldwide launch of a movie when the TV component would not necessarily be released at the same time worldwide. So it became a logistic nightmare to try to figure that out, so that plan was abandoned.”
The Stand was delayed as Boone took on the adaptation of King’s Revival.
Published in 2014, “The Stand follows a preacher who loses his faith when his wife and child are killed in an accident. He soon becomes obsessed in his experimentation into the healing power of electrical current, positioning him to act as God-like faith healer.
Intertwined with the preacher is a young man with demons of his own, who has benefited from the preacher’s talents and becomes a reluctant accomplice to his deadly obsession.”