Tuesday 8 March 2011

The Dark Tower - Film Adaptation . . .

Something has been brought to my attention today (which is a good thing because I didn't know what to blog about). This is something that I should have known, seeing as I'm a huge fan, and I hang my head in shame with the fact that I didn't.

The Dark Tower series, by Stephen King, is being made into a film (for 2013).

For those of you who haven't read The Dark Tower series, shame on you. I give you permission to flick away from this blog right now, go find the first book, and read that instead (as long as you come back and finish this post, that is...). There's seven books in total, starting with the Gunslinger (1982), The Drawing of the Three (1987), The Waste Lands (1991), Wizard and Glass (1997), Wolves of the Calla (2003), Song of Susannah (2004), and the finale, The Dark Tower (2004). They follow Roland Deschain and his companions across worlds that mix Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror and Western, in search for the fabled Dark Tower, the source of all existance.

It truly is a King masterpiece, and I'm sure those who have read it will agree.

However, there's much debate about this movie adaptation (or three movies and a TV series to be precise). Will it do the books justice, or will it be like other adaptations and be a disappointment? I'm open minded - and easily pleased when it comes to the big screen.

One of the other big debates was who is going to play the role of Roland Deschain. The choices were Daniel Craig, Christian Bale, Viggo Mortensen and Josh Holloway . . . but it looks like they've decided upon Javier Bardem. I like him. He's rugged enough to play the part.

And for those who have been blogging about art work commisioning for their WIP's just recently, you should check out some of the pieces for this series. There are some fantastic pictures.

Oh, and did I mention that it's being directed by Ron Howard? Happy Days . . . lol . . .

I will continue to fish for news regarding this topic.


  1. The movies never do justice to the books, especially with storylines that encompass several novels. IMO, as long as they keep to the main plot of the story, it should be fine.

  2. I imagine they will keep to the plot, but seven books into three films, you know there will also be alot of condensing. Inevitable...but I'm looking forward to it.

  3. This is really exciting news! I've read every book in the Dark Tower series, and I would love to see them as films. However I don't know if I can wait until 2013. I want to see it now! :P

  4. That's the good thing about being a writer. We understand the meaning of the word 'Patience' - although, especially in this case, it's not easy...lol