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Lindelof Talks ‘Dark Tower’

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AMCTV.Com caught up with Lost Executive Producer and long-time JJ Abrams collaborator, Damon Lindelof.   Besides Lost and ‘Star Trek’, the ‘Dark Tower’ project was brought up.   About a year ago, Lindelof picked up the rights to the Stephen King series.

The Dark Tower is to me every bit as daunting an adaptation as the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy must have been for Peter Jackson, except we’ve got seven books we’re looking at. And the idea of doing that at the same time Carlton and I are bringing Lost to a close is simply not viable,” Lindelof said.

“There are always Dark Tower conversations, but the figuring out of what this will look like as a movie has not begun. If The Dark Tower were in the right hands, I would love to see seven movies executed just right. But you have to get people to see the first one to get them to come and see the second one.”

So, no ‘Dark Tower’ (the first movie would be titled ‘The Gunslinger’) until at least 2010?   At least we have something long-term to look forward to.

On an editorial note, The Dark Tower is an amazing series for anyone who likes fantasy or Stephen King.   It is pretty time consuming (I started the series in 1994 and didn’t finish until last year), but it is well worth it.


  1. manzer

    September 3, 2008 at 7:17 am

    This would be so great and epic! These guys would go a great job with it too. But 7 movies?! I read/listened to all 7 books and enjoyed them very much…but… at the same time there were parts that dragged and were boring. One could make a trilogy out of these 7 books very easily. The Gunslinger was very short and you could combine that with The Drawing of the Three. Waste Lands and Wizards and Glass were long but alot of the flashback to Susan Delgado could be speed up or spread out. Wolves and Song could be one flick and The Dark Tower could be it’s own movie… so maybe more than 3 but not 7. 4? perhaps 5?

    Either way these are the guys to do it for the simple fact that they offered Stephen King only $19 for the rights.

  2. jeremy

    September 3, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    I agree that a lot could be cut out of the book without losing much. What I think they are going to have a problem with is finding someone to back 3-7 movies that would cost what this franchise would cost while, at the same time, holding up the book’s adult themes. The movies would definitely have to be rated R, and, even then, a lot would have to be excised from the books based on content.

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