Stephen King's The Dark Tower series, consisting of eight novels, has been in developmental hell for many years. Previously names like J.J. Abrams, Ron Howard and Russell Crowe have all been attached to the project as it transitioned from feature film adaptation to mini series and back again.
With Sony Pictures now developing the adaptation and working with a script penned by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner, The Gunslinger, the first novel in the series, seems to have found a director in Danish writer/director Nikolaj Arcel. You may not know him by name but he is certainly no slouch having previously written the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo adaptation and directing A Royal Affair, the latter of which received an Oscar nomination.
While Stephen King has been a supporter of this adaptation for years, that may not help as he was also a supporter of Cary Fukunaga's now canceled It adaptation. With years of obstacles behind it hopefully this adaptation of the ambitious Western/Sci-Fi epic can start moving forward with some actual momentum. Having read the series I for one can't wait to see this on the big screen someday.
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