Sony Targets Stephen King's "Dark Tower" for Film Franchise

It looks like Sony Pictures may have its next film franchise: Deadline reports that Sony and Media Rights Capital will team for an adaptation of Stephen King's book series "The Dark Tower," in what's viewed as the first in a potential series of films, along with a "complementary" TV series also in development. The new script is by Akiva Goldsman -- recently reported to be working on expanding Paramount's "Transformers" film franchise -- and Jeff Pinkner, and based mostly on "The Gunslinger," the first of eight novels published in the series.

"I'm excited that 'The Dark Tower' is finally going to appear on the screen,' King said in a statement. "Those who have traveled with Roland and his friends in their search for the Dark Tower are going to have their long-held hopes fully realized. This is a brilliant and creative approach to my books."

The film is said to be a priority at Sony, and Javier Bardem and Russell Crowe are named as potentially under consideration for the lead role of the gunslinger.

The "Dark Tower" started in 1982 with "The Gunslinger," with the most recent release hitting in 2012, "The Wind Through the Keyhole." Marvel has published comic books set in the world of "The Dark Tower" since 2007. Previously, "Dark Tower" adaptations had been in early development at both Universal and Warner Bros.

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