Looks like one of Stephen King's strongest and most prolific works still has hopes of getting adapted.
Gunslinger Roland Deschain has faced a long, uphill battle to find his way to any kind of screen, big or small. Universal, Warner, Media Rights -- all these companies have held the rights to adapt The Dark Tower into a TV show or movie, and all of them have let that opportunity lapse for one reason or other. It's had fans of the books series (and its stellar comic adaptation) feeling a little down.
But hope springs eternal, and this project isn't totally down and out just yet. In fact, director Ron Howard still has his eyes on the project, and with his show Arrested Development returning to our screens, so does Netflix. Vice President of Content at Netflix Ted Sarandos, was asked recently about the possibility, and he sounded hopeful.
I spoke to Ron about it, actually. The last time we talked about it the thing was being kicked about HBO – but it’s no longer there. Once Arrested Development gets through we’ll keep talking about it.
Netflix could be a great fit for the project. Rather than having to either force the series into a few movies or risk dealing with fickle TV networks, The Dark Tower could get a great shot at having a full season released all at once, giving ample time for it to find an audience. It worked for House of Cards. We think it could work for King's opus, too.