Friday, January 14, 2011

Ron Howard Talks about the Multi-Platform Adaptation of The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King
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Ron Howard, who is attached to the multi-platform adaptation of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" series, recently spoke briefly on the project during an interview with Howard Stern.

We've previously that the overall plan is to produce a theatrical film followed by a television series, with Howard committed to directing both. A graphic novel/comic book series is planned to provide continuity. Now Slashfilm has more details from Howard's interview.

"[A] movie idea is there," said Howard. "And if I have my way, and if everything goes according to plan — which is of course a big if — we'll be doing movies, we'll be doing television, and all of that isn't just [to make money] but all of that is to be as comprehensive as possible. The idea of doing part of it on the big screen and part of it on television is to try to include absolutely as much of the books, and even the graphic novels, as possible."

Howard added that the television element would likely be a 6-hour mini-series, to be aired on NBC or one of NBC's cable properties.

"The Dark Tower" is a series of seven novels by Stephen King. The first, The Gunslinger, was first published as a limited edition release in 1982; a revised and expanded edition by King was published in 2003. The gunslinger is Roland of Gilead, who is on a quest for a man in black, one step in the path to the Dark Tower.

Read the first chapter(s) from The Dark Tower 1: The Gunslinger below:

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