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THE DARK TOWER LIVES ON TV
Posted: 041918

Failure on the Big Screen Won't Stop an Amazon Prequel

The Dark Tower may have failed at the box office which makes a sequel unlikely but it will live on via TV. Idris Elba will not be a part of the series even though producer Akiva Goldsman says he will have some involvement. Goldsman will be producing the series which has added The Walking Dead executive producer Glen Mazzara as the showrunner. The TV series will adapt the fourth book in the series, Wizard and Glass, which was a prequel novel about the origins of Roland Deschain, who Elba played in the film. Tower’s director Nikolaj Arcel did help write the show’s pilot and said that the show and film would be a part of the same canon but Stephen King told Vulture the series will be a full reboot: “The major challenge was to do a film based on a series of books that’s really long, about 3,000 pages. The other part of it was the decision to do a PG-13 feature adaptation of books that are extremely violent and deal with violent behavior in a fairly graphic way. That was something that had to be overcome, although I’ve got to say, I thought screenwriter Akiva Goldsman did a terrific job in taking a central part of the book and turning it into what I thought was a pretty good movie. The TV series they’re developing now…we’ll see what happens with that. It would be like a complete reboot, so we’ll just have to see.” The show will run on Amazon who has also ordered a TV series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld and Neal Stephenson’s Snowcrash.

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