You knew this was going to happen, or at least had a chance of that in some altverse, but it may actually be happening in this universe.
Stephen King thought he’d sent The Dark Tower into Todash Darkness after Roland’s tumultuous flashback that was supposed to bury the past and the future in The Wizard and Glass. That was the fourth book. Then he wrote the (sort of) prequel The Wind in the Keyhole. Then he wrote three more.
The three-thousand-something-page epic unfortunately didn’t translate to film. Some were anticipating this movie almost as much as Roland was dying to reach the Dark Tower—though no one’s obsession with anything can possibly come close—until it crashed and burned like Blaine the Mono. It was as if it was ashamed of its origins in the Macroverse.
While the story’s future on TV or the big screen remains uncertain, there may be another tome that possibly weighs more than your head. There was one fan who found that out at a recent Q&A when he dared ask the question that has probably been floating around in most fans’ unconscious minds. King answered that he could possibly open another magical door after Book 7’s nebulous ending.
“Yes, I think that might happen,” the author said to thunderous applause.
Whether this potential book is a prequel or a sequel remains in the shadows, but the fan did manage to throw in Jericho, which to you Dark Tower virgins is the Battle of Jericho Hill, the violent gunslinger massacre in Roland’s distant past that leaves him haunted.
Dark Tower’s cinematic universe hasn’t yet gone to an alternate dimension. There are still whispers of a TV series based on the sometimes traumatic events of The Wizard and Glass, which could trigger nightmares of crystal balls that should never be gazed into. King was even gunning for an R-rated movie sequel for his gunslinger. Events in The Dark Tower can get so dark at times that it’s almost impossible to see how a dead-on interpretation could ever be rated PG-13.
Mr. King, if you’re reading this, please bring more of Roland’s bizarre and fantastical world into being.