When books get translated to film, there are fans of the written material that get irritated by plots glossed over during the adaptation, but readers of Stephen King‘s ‘The Dark Tower‘ series can breathe a sigh of relief. Universal has agreed to turn the seven novels into a feature film trilogy AND a television series on NBC, all initially directed by Ron Howard, according to EW.com.
With more than 30 million books sold, the built-in fan base will get to see King’s epic tale fully realized. “By telling this story across media platforms and over multiple hours — and with a view to telling it completely — we have our best chance at translating Roland’s quest to reach ‘The Dark Tower’ onto screen,” screenwriter Akiva Goldman said.
Howard will direct the first film and first season of the series, while his long-time collaborator Brian Grazer will produce the projects for Universal. The initial TV series is set to air between the first and second films theatrical release dates, followed by a second season between films two and three, according to TVGuide.com.
King said that he’s positive Akiva’s scripts and Howard’s direction will “translate into an intriguing series of films and TV shows that respect the origins and the characters in ‘The Dark Tower’ that fans have come to love.”
“It might be the challenge of a lifetime but clearly a thrilling one to take on and explore,” Howard added.