Stephen King talks stalled Dark Tower trilogy, why he was 'jealous' of R.R. Martin

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Jun 24, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT

You wouldn’t think Stephen King would have much to be jealous about, having sold about a trillion novels during his lifetime, but apparently there was one thing that had him pining for George R.R. Martin’s career just a bit.

King’s novel Under the Dome was adapted into a TV series over at CBS. It's getting ready to launch its second season soon (with a premiere written by King himself), and he was apparently inspired by Martin to get more involved with the series after seeing the stellar work he has done crossing over on his own book-to-TV project, Game of Thrones.

He told the Los Angeles Times and BuzzFeed:

“I knew that George R.R. Martin had written a few episodes of Game of Thrones and I was very jealous … I know it’s a very long novel, but it covers a very short time. So when they came to me with the TV show and said, ‘We want, if the show’s a success, to cover months and years,’ I thought, Oh man, this is what I wanted to do in the first place!”

Along with that interesting nugget, King also touched on the long-gestating film/TV adaptation of his massive Dark Tower series. Though it's currently dormant, King remains confident that director Ron Howard will eventually find a way to get it made. Howard’s pitch was to do a trilogy of films and limited series run on HBO, all connected together to tell the series’ massive story.

Here’s what King told BuzzFeed about where the project stands:

“I was very excited when Ron Howard got involved with that project. His original take on it was the best. He wanted to do the movies — three tentpole movies — interspersed with a number of TV series that covered Roland and his adventures as a young man. It was a brilliant concept, and I’m pretty sure it would have worked. [But] what sometimes happens in Hollywood and in filmmaking is, the financing fell apart, or the studio started to have second thoughts.”

We would still love to see what Howard could do with such a massive canvas to tell Dark Tower, but it is obviously one heck of a huge up-front investment to ask from a studio. Here’s hoping.

(Via Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed)