Universal Pictures and NBC Universal Television Entertainment announced earlier this week that they have acquired the writers to produce three films and a TV series based on Stephen King's "The Dark Tower."
The project has been acquired for Akiva Goldsman to write and for Ron Howard to direct the first film and the first season of the television series.
It's a mighty ambitious plan for a series of novels, short stories and comic books that have previously stymied some of the industry's most powerful writers and directors, but in a press release, King sounds optimistic.
"I’ve been waiting for the right team to bring the characters and stories in these books to film and TV viewers around the world," King states, "Ron, Akiva, Brian along with Universal and NBC have a deep interest and passion for the 'The Dark Tower' series and I know that 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."
The release claims that the plan will be to begin the "Dark Tower" franchise with a feature film, transitioning directing into a TV series which would then bridge into the second film, which would bridge into a flashback second TV season and then a third film.
"The worlds of Stephen King’s 'The Dark Tower' series are richly detailed, inter-locking and deeply connected,” states Goldsman. "By telling this story across media platforms and over multiple hours—and with a view to telling it completely—we have our best chance of translating Roland’s quest to reach 'The Dark Tower' onto screen. We are proceeding with tremendous excitement, fidelity to the source material and, quite frankly, no small amount of awe at this opportunity."
We're not cynical, but we'll believe it when we see it.