It's been a long, strange journey to get Stephen King's magnum opus to the big screen, but The Dark Tower has finally arrived in theaters. The movie tells its own story, but there have been talks of expanding it in another medium in order to fully capture the epic scope of King's novels. With the announcement of a showrunner, it looks like The Dark Tower's television prequel is moving full speed ahead.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Glen Mazzara will helm the novel's television incarnation. Fans best know Mazzara as the showrunner for the second and third seasons of The Walking Dead, and to hear Mazzara talk about it, it sounds like The Dark Tower is a dream project, and that he rolls pretty deep in Stephen King lore.
"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," Mazzara said. "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. I could not be more excited to tell this story. It feels like being given the key to a treasure chest. And oh yeah, we’ll have billy-bumblers!"
The books Mazzara referenced all take place before the events of the film, following Roland as a young Gunslinger-in-training. The show, which will consist of shorter seasons (somewhere between 10 and 13 episodes) is still being shopped around to various streaming outlets.
In theaters now, The Dark Tower stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, as well as Abbey Lee, Katheryn Winnick, Fran Kranz, Claudia Kim and Jackie Earle Haley.