Although the film adaptation received poor reviews and only a modest box office return, Stephen King's The Dark Tower will still head to television. According to a new report, production on the series is set to begin this summer.
Omega Underground reports that filming will begin this summer in Ireland and the United Kingdom, though the series has not yet been picked up by a network. It is unclear just how much it will tie in with the film version that starred Idris Elba, a question that not even Elba himself knows the answer to.
Confirmed for the series, however, is former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara. "I’ve been a Stephen King fan for decades, and the opportunity to adapt The Dark Tower as a TV series is a great honor," he said last year.
Mazzara then went on to echo the sentiment of the novels' many fans by saying Stephen King's epic book series probably lends itself better to the long-form format of television. "The events of The Gunslinger, Wizard & Glass, The Wind Through the Keyhole, and other tales need a long format to capture the complexity of Roland’s coming of age — how he became the Gunslinger, how Walter became the Man in Black, and how their rivalry cost Roland everything and everyone he ever loved," he explained.
No casting or projected release date for the upcoming Dark Tower television series has been announced at this time.