Amazon has decided not to press on with a new Dark Tower adaptation…
2017 saw some breakthrough adaptations of Stephen King works – Gerald’s Game on Netflix and IT on the big screen – but the one notable disappointment was The Dark Tower movie. The film, starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, was a critical and commercial failure over that summer. So much so, that it seemed to throw plans for a linked TV show into jeopardy.
Amazon claimed that a Dark Tower television series was still an active project back in February of 2018, saying it was on the slate of shows that the company was developing (that included the new Lord Of The Rings TV series).
Now, however, Deadline confirms that plans for a Dark Tower TV project have been cancelled at the streaming studio, saying “Amazon executives felt like the pilot was not on the level of other large-scope elevated genre series the streamer has in production/pre-production like Wheel Of Time and The Lord Of the Rings.” The team behind the series are now shopping the scripts around to other parties.
Chatting to Vulture, Stephen King had revealed that the show would distance itself from the movie. “The TV series they’re developing now… we’ll see what happens with that … it would be like a complete reboot, so we’ll just have to see.”
In terms of the film itself, whilst King had praise for screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, the author admitted that “the major challenge was to do a film based on a series of books that’s really long, about 3,000 pages. The other part of it was the decision to do a PG-13 feature adaptation of books that are extremely violent and deal with violent behaviour in a fairly graphic way”.
We will bring you more news on the show, if someone else picks it up for development.