With The Dark Tower movie receiving poor reviews, things are not looking good for a sequel being made in Sony’s would-be franchise (unless the movie blows up the box office in the coming weeks, of course). Understandably, some have been quick to assume that the long-in-development Dark Tower TV series would be quietly dropped in light of the movie’s derailment, but it sounds like it’s still getting the go-ahead.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Dark Tower TV series is not only not dead, it’s actively hiring big name talent:
“As the long-awaited feature film take on The Dark Tower is poised to open at the box office, the potential TV series is taking a big step forward.
Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead) has been tapped to serve as showrunner on the TV adaptation of the ambitious Stephen King series. The TV take, envisioned as a straight-to-series project, is currently in its early stages and tapping a showrunner is the key first step.”
While the film didn’t live up to expectations, the news that Sony is still committing to a TV series based on Stephen King’s magnum opus is encouraging. The Dark Tower should have been adapted into a TV series from the beginning, as it’s much too dense to cram into a feature-length film. If the movie ends up getting a sequel, a tie-in TV series would be a good way to fill in the blanks. The rumor is that the series will be based on the book Wizards And Glass, so it would effectively be a prequel to the story presented in the movie.
As things stand right now, there is no network attached to the Dark Tower TV series but according to THR, it’s being shopped around to cable networks and streaming services. We’ll have to wait and see what, if any effect The Dark Tower’s box office numbers have on these plans.