Stephen King, world-renown author and creator of numerous iconic titles such as Carrie, The Shining, It and the new novel-turned-television-show Under the Dome may have a new series in the works. King’s long-time fan favorite fantastical western series The Dark Tower is set to become a live-action form of media and is in the very early stages of production.
King had the luxury of taking creative control for the first episode of the second season of Under the Dome, which premiers on CBS June 30. The show’s storyline is based on King’s vast novel of the same name and centers around a small town in Maine that becomes secluded from the rest of the world when a mysterious, impenetrable dome engulfs the city spontaneously. King stated he was jealous when he heard that Game of Thrones author, George R. R. Martin had written a number of episodes for the HBO series based on Martin’s books. King jumped on the opportunity to do the same for his series when he had the chance.
On the subject of The Dark Tower, much of the information about the production is still surrounded by speculation and mystery, but a few statements have been made clear. Academy award-winning director, Ron Howard has been attached to direct the adaptation of The Dark Tower series, but the form of adaptation the title is to take is still uncertain. The initial plan for the project was to create a trilogy of feature films deriving from multiple excerpts from the eight books included in the saga, but also, similar to Under the Dome, create two seasons of a television series that would seal up any gaps left in between each of the movies.
Stephen King may have this new series in the works, but the Under the Dome creator still suffers many difficulties in getting The Dark Tower on its feet. The two production companies, Warner Brothers and Universal have pulled their support for the project, most likely due to the complexity of its production. King states that he is still putting his faith in director, Ron Howard to see the project through at some point in the near future. Ties to the network HBO have been rumored and whispers of Russell Crowe playing the titular role of Roland Deschain have surfaced, but still nothing has been confirmed. The only official evidence that the project is still even happening can be seen on The Dark Tower IMDb, Internet Movie Database page confirming Howard as the director, Akiva Goldsman as the screenplay writer and Imagine Entertainment as the production company.
The Dark Tower shares similar themes with Under the Dome and both works have the twisted signature tone of Stephen King present. The Dark Tower cleverly blends a multitude of genres into one leaving readers baffled as they delve into the world of protagonist Roland Deschain. Presence of genres like epic fantasy creatively morph within an old-time western world all whilst carrying King’s notable feeling of horror throughout. The Dark Tower is much lighter in the horror category as opposed to many of his previous works, but the darkness most of his novels exude is still present in this series. The plot focuses around the gunslinger, Roland as he embarks on a quest to find a mysterious dark tower that is supposedly the nexus of life than can save his dying world.
Under the Dome creator, Stephen King may have his new Dark Tower series in the works, but he still has a long way to go before his iconic gunslinger makes his way onto the screen. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series and epic novel, Under the Dome can be purchased wherever books are sold and fans can catch the next season of the Under the Dome TV series starting Monday, June 30 at 10:00 pm.
By Cody Collier