I am very hesitant about the upcoming mega-adaptation of Stephen King’s epic Dark Tower series. On one hand, I love the idea of tying together both a series of films and a television series. On the other hand, Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman aren’t exactly the most exciting creative team. Other than Da Vinci Code andAngels and Demons, there’s nothing terrible that’s come out of Ron Howard; he’s just a bit of a strange choice. At any rate, last week Ron Howard mentioned a few details about the project that give me a little more faith in the whole crazy project.
The entire thing will be structured out with a lot of different moving parts at once. The first film is scheduled to be released in 2013, followed by the beginning of the television series. Once that is underway, there will be two more films, with the television show continuing between the two films. Mr. Howard also mentions his wish to tone down the at times oppressive complexity of the stories: “We say, ‘At their root they’re simple stories, don’t be afraid to keep it simple.’” On top of that, he mentions that the ongoing comic series will serve as an inspiration on how to maintain the scope of the epic series while expanding on details that Stephen King left out.
What do you guys think about all of this? Is there hope for us Dark Tower fans?[Via /Film]