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Stephen King's 'Dark Tower' being developed for film, TV

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The road to the cinematic Dark Tower adaptation has been a long and bumpy one, but it looks like Roland’s tale will finally make it to the big screen.

EW has confirmed that Sony Pictures and MRC will co-finance a The Dark Tower film for Sony to distribute. It will be based on the first novel in Stephen King’s epic fantasy book series. MRC will also develop a complementary TV show to the film. Deadline first reported the deal.

The new script for the film, which focuses on the first book’s characters Roland and Jake, and their relationship, has been co-written by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinker. The new iteration at Sony is a total overhaul of the previously developed version of the film and is intended to focus on the franchise’s fantasy and horror feel.

Stephen King expressed his support for the film. “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 being produced by Imagine’s Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Erica Huggins, Pinker, and Goldsman through his Weed Road Pictures.

The journey The Dark Tower has taken to the screen has been as perilous as protagonist Roland Deschain’s story. The series was originally to be adapted by Universal Pictures with three films and a TV show intended to cover the franchise. That agreement, where the series was still being developed through Imagine, fell apart. But all hope was not lost as Warner Bros. considered the adaptation… until that didn’t work out either.

It seems like the project at Sony is a priority, though, and for now the effort is focused on producing the first film. The next step is the hunt for a director, and hopefully the third time is actually the charm for King’s series to finally come alive onscreen.

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