A major step forward for The Dark Tower TV series: Walking Dead alum Glen Mazzara will serve as showrunner.
The Dark Tower TV Series Showrunner
THR reports that former Walking Dead exec producer Glen Mazzara will serve as showrunner for The Dark Tower TV series. According to the outlet, Sony and MRC is still looking to attach a network or streaming service for the project. At the moment, the companies are hoping for a short order first season of 10 to 13 episodes.
“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 told THR. “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!”
Mazzara’s involvement is definitely great news. He’s responsible for what is arguably the greatest season of The Walking Dead after taking over for Frank Darabont in season 3. Hopefully he can bring a bit of his magic to The Dark Tower.
The showrunner has also been attached to a prequel to The Shining called The Overlook Hotel for some time. No news on that front, though.
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The Dark Tower TV Series Release Date
The Dark Tower TV series is in development, but no network has picked up the show. EW has confirmed that The Dark Tower adaptation will indeed consist of movies and a TV show that’s set to premiere in 2018.
MRC and Sony Pictures, who are also releasing the film in August, will finance a 10-13 episode first season. The show is set to begin shooting sometime in 2017.
The Dark Tower TV Series Details
The show will flesh out a different part of Roland’s story: that of his first adventure as a young gunslinger from the fourth book in the series, Wizard and Glass. Basically, the series will serve as the origin story for Idris Elba’s character in the movies.
In fact, Elba is set to appear on the show, along with Tom Taylor, who plays Jake Chambers in the movie. Of course, since the show is about a younger Roland, a different actor will be cast in the role for the main part of the show. No sign that Matthew McConaughey will appear as of yet, but since he plays a sorcerer with many faces, a different actor could potentially be cast for the show.
Producer and co-screenwriter Akiva Goldsman will executive produce, along with Jeff Pinkner, Ron Howard, and Brian Grazer. Nikolaj Arcel, who is directing The Dark Tower movie, and screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen wrote the script for the show and will also executive produce. Glen Mazzara will serve as showrunner.
Goldsman spoke briefly about how the movie and the TV show will connect: “In the movie, Roland is suffering tremendous loss. The most concrete, personal, existential heartbreak a character can have. If the movie chronicles his final reach toward hope again, the TV show is the loss of that hope.”
The producer also promised that the TV show would be a much more faithful adaptation than the movie, which actually acts as a sequel to the book series, remixing certain events to fit the constraints of a film script.
MRC also released a cool, new promo that teases the setting of the show. It’s a map of the different places in the Barony of Mejis, where most of Wizard and Glass takes place:
Roland’s instructor, Cort, and his original ka-tet, Cuthbert and Alain, will appear on the show, although none of those roles have been cast yet.
TV Guide caught up with Ron Howard about The Dark Tower TV series, which is still on the way despite the radio silence of late. When asked about the status of the show, Howard didn’t have much to say except that it’s still in development.
“Dark Tower is coming out this summer,” Howard said. “It’s a terrific movie directed by Nikolaj Arcel. And we are working on the television component.”
Howard indicated that it all depends on how the first movie goes. If it’s a hit, Sony will be much more open to exploring a TV series with a younger version of Roland.
“That’s not a commitment on the television side,” Howard continued, “but creatively, it could work very well, hand in hand with what we’d like the movies to be.”