Adam Quigley of SlashFilm.com with some unsettling news:
A movie version of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series has been in the works for a few years now, and for most of that time, it was expected that J.J. Abrams would be directing. Those plans fell through though, and the rights to the project were handed off to Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman.
Say what? Opie is going to direct the film adaptation of Stephen King’s grand opus, seven-book The Dark Tower series? What happened to J.J. Abrams’ involvement?
[Reality check, folks: Lost as a series in of itself is essentially a six-season homage amalgamating Stephen King’s best storytelling motifs (beginning with King’s The Langoliers)].
Abrams, why hath thou forsaken us?
The last film Opie directed that catered to a bleaker style was The Missing (2003), and I actually respected Howard’s malleability of approach and subject matter here. It was a decided shift in tone for the director as a whole. He is somewhat of a chameleon, after all, considering the sweeping diapason of themes he’s tackled in the macrocosm of his filmography thus far.
I’m actually more excited to see what comes of the TV series mentioned in Quigley’s coverage that is planned to follow the debut feature film. Smart move, considering the almost uncontainable breath of material King has crafted since the master storyteller wrote and published The Gunslinger in 1982.