A television adaptation of the Dark Tower series of novels by Stephen King is in the works—again.
The latest installment of King’s supernatural westerns spans eight novels from The Haunting and Doctor Sleep helmer Mike Flanagan and his Intrepid Pictures partner Trevor Macy. The duo owns the rights to the books, and Flanagan has written a pilot episode for what he calls the “holy grail” of TV work.
“We think it’s going to be a series that lasts at least five seasons,” Flanagan told When say Deadline . “Having lived with the project for so long, I’ve had a lot going on in my head. But I have a pilot script that I’m excited about, and a very detailed outline for the first season and a broader outline for the follow-up season.”
Intrepid Pictures recently signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios after years of working with Netflix to produce two seasons of The Haunting, Midnight Mass and Midnight Club, and the upcoming The Fall of the House of Usher. The Dark Tower However, it was spun off from the Amazon deal (and is in The same goes for Netflix), which could give Flanagan and Macy the option to buy items to other outlets.
The Dark Tower has a fraught Hollywood history spanning more than a decade. At , Universal and Imagine announced a Ambitiously planned collection Three feature films and a TV series, with Ron Howard directing the first and Akiva Goldsman adapting King’s work. Budget issues led to the film’s cancellation, and Imagine’s Brian Glazer had hoped to land the series on HBO, but that never materialized.
Fast forward to : Sony and MRC joins Imagine to revive The Dark Tower, again with plans for film and TV series. The deal resulted in a feature film, and the planned series delves into the origin of the character Elba. The Walking Dead and S.H.I.E.L.D. Veteran Glen Mazzara was hired as a producer on the series.
The film did somewhat disappointingly at the box office, grossing $ Millions worldwide. The series eventually landed on Amazon’s Prime Video, but was retooled to more faithfully adapt King’s sprawling story. It got up to casting two leads but didn’t go beyond that.
Flanagan and Macy have a history of adapting King’s work. Flanagan wrote and directed the Doctor Sleep of 54418, Sequel to The Shining, which directed and co-wrote the Netflix feature Gerald’s Game, based on King’s eponymous novel. Macy produced both films.