The Dark Tower TV series has found its showrunner, and for genre fans, the name should be a familiar one.
As the (mostly negative) reviews for the big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s epic book series are streaming in, The Hollywood Reporter confirms former The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara has been tapped to steer the straight-to-series TV prequel produced by Media Rights Capital and Sony Pictures Television.
The script will be co-written by Nikolaj Arcel and Anders Thomas Jensen, with Mazzara overseeing the production. Akiva Goldsman, who had been tapped to write the script when the series was set up at Universal, will executive-produce, with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer executive producing.
Although the movie and TV series are considered independent from each other, there will be some overlap. Stars Idris Elba (Roland Deschain, aka the Gunsliger), Dennis Haysbert (Roland’s dad Steven), and Tom Taylor (Jake Chambers) are slated to appear in the series, which is meant to be an origin story. Here’s what Mazzara said:
“I’ve been a Stephen King fan for decades and the opportunity to adapt The Dark Tower as a TV series is a great honor. The events of The Gunslinger, Wizard & Glass, The Wind Through the Keyhole, and other tales need a long format to capture the complexity of Roland's coming of age — how he became the Gunslinger, how Walter became the Man in Black, and how their rivalry cost Roland everything and everyone he ever loved. I could not be more excited to tell this story. It feels like being given the key to a treasure chest. And oh yeah, we’ll have billy-bumblers!”
Currently in the early stages of development (aka no additional casting news yet), the TV series will be based on Wizard in Glass — the fourth title in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower book series. Being early days, no network is currently attached, but since the powers-that-be are considering a short episode order (between 10 and 13 episodes), they want to shop it around to cable outlets (like HBO or Starz) or streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon), with an eye to start production in 2018. Here's hoping the critical failure of the film doesn't derail things.
What do you think of Glen Mazzara acting as showrunner on that ambitious Dark Tower TV series?