Will shooting of Dark Tower start in 2011?

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Back in early 2007, Stephen King announced that the creators of the TV series LOST had bought the movie option to King’s The Dark Tower. We’ve had little news since then but now the signs are starting to look more positive

In a recent interview with AMC, LOST co-creator Damon Lindelof spoke about their progress on the Dark Tower adaptation.

The Dark Tower is to me every bit as daunting an adaptation as the Lord of the Rings trilogy must have been for Peter Jackson, except we’ve got seven books we’re looking at. And the idea of doing that at the same time Carlton and I are bringing Lost to a close is simply not viable. There are always Dark Tower conversations, but the figuring out of what this will look like as a movie has not begun. If The Dark Tower were in the right hands, I would love to see seven movies executed just right. But you have to get people to see the first one to get them to come and see the second one.

This is very positive for several reasons…

Okay, so Lindelof and Abrams will not even consider starting on the Dark Tower until they have wrapped up LOST. But recent media reports have indicated that the final episode of LOST will be shown in 2010. Does this mean filming could start in 2011?

Lindelof also comments that “there are always Dark Tower conversations” going on between them. Indications are that the Abrams/Lidelhof option on the film is a serious one.

He also states that he “would love to see seven movies”. Seven movies! Wow!

I have to say that our feelings here at DarkTowerMovies.com is that seven movies will not be made. If we use The Lord of The Rings as a guide, then we could expect to see three, perhaps four movies. This makes sense on many levels.

As Damon mentions in his interview, “you have to get people to see the first one to get them to come and see the second”. Could they sustain a strong viewing audience for seven movies – what happens if the studios pull out before all seven have been made! You also have to consider that you need to keep your actors for all the movies. Even if they take the approach of LotR and film it all in one go, you are talking a good five years. Many things could happen in that time and changing actors half way through would seriously ruin the film. And finally, would any film studio fund a seven movie project from the outset, before they’ve received any box office takings.

But I guess these are discussions for the future. For the present, the great news is that DT is still on the cards.

33 responses

  1. I have just finished shooting a trailer for the Dark Tower film series, and currently there are a couple of award-winning composers working on the score. We will be finished with the 1 minute, 20 second teaser by mid-October, and hope to get a meeting with King to discuss a new optioning of the Tower, as Abrams continues to delay production. I don’t understand how someone can have a Harry Potter or LOTR-like franchise with amazing potential dropped in their lap, and be content to let it sit on the back burner. If given the option to write, produce, and/or direct this film, I would be working on it twelve hours a day, seven days a week until it was finished. Unfortunately, at this point, all I could afford to do was a trailer for the film. The trailer was shot in HD and is being edited on AVID with CGI additions as well as and advanced mastering and compression. The finished product will not be sold or distributed in any way, as we don’t own any rights to do so. Hopefully we can get King and Abrams to see it, and if we cannot get the rights to film it, then we’re willing to try for spots on Abrams’ crew, whenever that may be formed. Thanks, Sean McCoy mccoynstard@gmail.com myspace.com/nstardproductions Accidents and leaks may happen, and the trailer may find it’s way to you.

    Sean McCoy – September 15th, 2008
  2. Hi Sean,

    Best of luck with the trailer!

    I don’t believe Abrams is delaying production without good reason. First he’s got to finish off both Star Trek and LOST, if he has already been contracted for another project after ST, then he must fulfil that also.

    And remember, Stephen King is a huge fan of LOST, you may have a tough time convincing King to offer up the rights to anyone but Abrams/Lindelof.

    Many thanks for dropping by and posting.

    admin – September 15th, 2008
  3. I know, but it’s been, what, 2 years since JJ optioned it? You would think that before accepting Star Trek or some other project he would make the Tower his priority, or maybe that’s just me…

    Didn’t King himself say that he refused giving the Tower option to Darabont due to his workload? Well, it’s hard to check out Darabont’s v. Abrams’ current and upcoming projects on imdb.com and not see a strange flaw in that argument. So if King would refuse a tried and tested writer/director/producer of his work in particular for Abrams, I doubt he’ll give us the Tower option.

    I’m sure there are many circumstances which can sidetrack a nine-digit budget director/producer, but I still can imagine that I would have made the time for doing the Tower, first and foremost. Perhaps that’s a little zealous, but my interest in film production in general may only be exceeded by my interest in the Tower series.

    Our trailer will be at least that of LOTR or LOST quality, and though that probably will still not be enough to convince King to hand over the complete option, hopefully it will show enough dedication and skill to get us spots on the Tower crew when the time comes.

    Thanks for the great updates on your site, by the way. I’m sure my crew will be glued to your page in the coming months and years, so don’t forget about us!

    Sean McCoy – September 16th, 2008
  4. Hi, firstly i would just like to say thank you. I have been looking around the net for some good info on the dark tower movie and i have to say this is by far the best site i have found. there seems to be a lot of speculation about the Dark Tower becoming a movie and personally i would love to see this happen as soon as possible but i can understand why Abrams would be putting off starting a project of such epic proportions. I am just a fan of the Tower and I am dreading the movie being released and not being 100% perfect. I know that if I was making this film i would be so afraid of getting something wrong i would have to be completely meticulous about every single detail so mabye Abrams is just trying to think of a way in which he can deliver this movie to eagerly awaiting fans. I hope to see or at least hear something about DT:The Movie soon and I really hope whoever ends up making this adaptation gives it the time and effort such a masterpiece deserves but i suppose I, and all of us waiting for this, will just have to wait and see what happens and whether it is good or bad we will all just have to accept that it is Ka.

    Atazoth – October 23rd,  2009
  5. I have been waiting for something like this for a while, Viggo Mortenson needs to be Roland.

    Justin – January 7th, 2010
  6. I cannot wait to see the movies. I read the books once a year. Viggo Mottenson would make a fantastic Roland. Keanu Reeves might do well if he used the same intensity he did in Street Kings.

    Rich T. – February 25th, 2010
  7. James Caviezel for Roland, Vigo wouldn’t nail it.

    Sergio – February 25th, 2010
  8. Yeah Justin, I also think Mortenson would be a cool Roland. More like his performance in A History of Violence than Lord of the Rings, yeah?

    I heard someone hint that Christian Bale was being considered. Real pity that Clint Eastwood is so old now.

    Mike – March 20th, 2010
  9. Truly can’t wait, I love the series!

    Vaba – March 24th, 2010
  10. Frankly, I just don’t see them making 7 movies on the big screen…It would probably work better as a tv mini series. Think about it. A few of Stephen Kings more complex stories worked well under that type of filming and production (IT, The Stand, & Storm of the Century just to name a few)

    Also, I thought JJ Abrams wasn’t gonna do the Dark Tower out of fear that he would “mess up something so good.” I little misguided, given his past work (all of which proved highly successful), but I respect it (especially given some of hollywoods screw ups in the last 10 years, with a few exceptions).

    BUT, if (and when) they are ready for the Dark Tower I say this…NOT CHRISTIAN BALE!!! Yes, he’s a good actor, but I don’t think he has the face for it…sorry to those who are Bale enthusiasts. He does not strick me as teh type to play a spaghetti western type character like Stephen King had based Roland off of. That, and Bale is TOO well known. I could see Viggo Mortensen as Roland, though I can’t say the same about James Caviezel. My choice, should it matter, would have to be Nathan Fillion (from the Firefly series and Serenity). He is known, but as much as Bale, and he has the western element down. This is a guy who could pull off Roland. Either Mortensen or Fillion in my opinion, should it matter.

    Tom – March 28th, 2010
  11. stupid harry potter movies, there are 7 of those.

    sarahlaughs – April 14th, 2010
  12. I think Christian Bale would be excellent as Roland…or Viggo…NOT nathan !!! He is too TV ish.

    pearlseeker – April 26th, 2010
  13. Well, I spoke too soon. Christian Bale would be my first choice for Roland. When I read the books, I pictured him in my mind…..someone with dark hair that looked a lot like him. Yes, Halle B. would make a great Odetta.

    pearlseeker – April 26th, 2010
  14. I think Halle B could def. pull off odetta, but I’ve always pictures someone a little bit more crazy looking, like Scary Spice haha. I don’t think Viggo should be roland at all, he’s done just too much. When I want to see the first Dark Tower movie, I want to see a fresh character, not a LOTR-Hidalgo Hybrid.

    Valerie A. – May 10th, 2010
  15. i don’t think christian bale should be roland. i think hugh jackman would be a very good roland. no offense to christian bale or anything, i just think he should stick to batman and john connor. :P plus, hugh kinda looks like roland in my mind.

    nate – May 11th, 2010
  16. christian bale at empire of the sun age would be perfect for jake. and maybe russel crowe as roland he did a good job in 3:10 to yuma roland will be really hard to cast

    Jason – May 11th, 2010
  17. also clint should be cort hes to old for roland atleast let him be cort

    Jason – May 11th, 2010
  18. Roland is old…. VERY old, if you remember in the series, they said Clint Eastwood look just like Roland would 20 years prior (granted, it was in the 70’s, i think). James Cameron, in an interview, referenced how easy it would be to make Eastwood look 20 years younger if he wanted to do another ‘Dirty Harry’ or something, all using the technology used in Avatar. That being said, i say use the guy King based the character on! all the actors, save Russel Crowe (good choice, btw), mentioned are too young in my opinion. going away from the aforementioned technology, i say Mark Harmon (not to go completely NCIS, but Michael Weatherly might also make a good Eddie).

    guest – May 12th, 2010
  19. I would love to see Gary Oldman as Roland. I think he is the perfect age and he has an incredible range as an actor. He has done so many different characters. I think a no frills gunslinger would be a nice addition to his resume and a challenge for him. I don’t know his name but that kid that starred opposite of Viggo in “The Road” was great. He seems like the right age too. I think Sam Rockwell would play a great Eddie. Im not sure if he would look young enough, as Eddie supposed to be in his mid 20’s (I think). I’m not sure about Susannah, I think Holly Berry will be a little too old by the time they are shooting the last books. Maybe that woman from Avatar. I don’t know… just some thoughts.

    Ademaray – May 17th, 2010
  20. I agree Gary Oldman would make a great Roland and he’s at the right age to play a little younger and a little older as needed. Also maybe the kid from “Where the Wild Things Are” would be a good Jake. I Think Cillian Murphy would be a good choice for Eddie Dean and Either Rutina Wesley from “ True Blood” or Zoe Saldana from “Avitar” for Susanna. I think Ruyina could play the complex multi personality role better though. But we’ll have to see what tricks Ron Howard has up his sleeve because I don’t typically like how he shoots his films. He gonna have to search for a dark spot in his heart. And yes Clint Eastwood Should play Cort or even the Crimson King. Who’s feeling Mickey Rourke as Tic Toc ?

    friend – May 17th, 2010
  21. Oh man, Mickey Rourke as Tick Tock sounds amazing. As far as Cilian Murphy, I can’t get my head around an effeminate Irishman playing a Brooklyner. He is a bit too dainty and clean. Eddie strikes me as a good looking in a dingy and manly way. I totally agree on that kid from Where the Wild Things are playing Jake. I had the exact same thought last night as it was on.

    Ademaray – May 19th, 2010
  22. For what it’s worth, I think Timothy Olyphant would make a great Roland. His portrayals of Sheriff Seth Bullock in Deadwood and Raylan Givens in the new FX series Justified prove that he is more than capable of performing a Western-type role. He’s known well enough, but much less than Hugh Jackman, Viggo Mortensen, and Christian Bale. Olyphant also looks like Roland, in my mind.

    Jacob – May 23rd,  2010
  23. i’ve been a fan since 94’ thought long and hard and i think Vigo would be so great he has that weather worn look that i imagine in Roland and he’s a good actor screw l.o.t.r all that matters is that they find the right actors for these wonderful characters don’t you agree?

    n.acosta – May 25th, 2010
  24. there gunna have to get unknown actors, makieing the movies and the tv series is going to be to much to pay. its a long tale and will need to consist of cheap actors

    mario – May 31st,  2010
  25. Going off what someone said about being able to make clint look younger using special effects and whatnot I think he sould play steven Deschain, I reckon either Alan Rickman or Jim Carey as the man in black, mickey rourke or micheal madsen as cort That woman who played nanny mcphee as Cordelia Delgado, without question it has to be Donald sutherland for jonas and i think johnny depp would be a good jack mort (think secret window) and i would LOVE to see hulk hogan as the tick tock man.

    Victor Deschain – May 31st,  2010
  26. Clint Eastwood should definetly play Cort, I’m not sure about Steven Deschain though…maybe Sam Elliot as Steven? As for the Man in Black, Kevin Spacey should do it, just look at him in “Se7en” and “The Usual Suspects”. For Susan Delgado, Olivia Wilde for sure…So now that “Lost” is done, they’re going to start right?

    Jake :D – June 1st,  2010
  27. Hugh jackman is too muscular, Bale isn’t old or ratty enough, and Fillion might be too young. Except for one of the stories where roland is a teen, hes actually kinda old. I honestly think Hugh Laurie would be a great Roland. Hes tall, skinny, bit weathered, and has those big pale blue eyes.

    Ryan Sutton – June 2nd,  2010
  28. josh brolin as roland. perfect

    mario – June 19th, 2010
  29. Can’t wait to see this whenever it comes out. I hope it follows the formula of the original novels by starting out with The Gunslinger. And not starting out with the flashbacks from WIzard and Glass

    Jau Poon – November 1st,  2010
  30. Vinnie Jones from Lock Stock and Snatch should be Roland. He’s got the toughness none of these others can muster.

    breakerted – December 20th, 2010
  31. Julia stiles should definetly play Susan Delgado. Have any one ready “The gunslinger born”? Is definily like she look.

    Mitsuki – January 1st,  2011
  32. i think Thomas Jane would be a great Roland. hes even played other roles in stephen king’s films: Henry in Dreamcatcher and david in The Mist

    Lee – April 5th, 2011
  33. I do think that the master of westerns, C. Eastwood should play a part in this movie. He would make a perfect Roland aside from the age and modern technology can take care of that, but if not Roland, then definitely Cort. Sean Patrick Flannery, Timothy Olyphant, or Rob Lowe might make a good Eddie. Dwight Schultz of the tv show A Team or Matt Frewer of The Stand would make an awesome Tick Tock man. Viggio Mortensen, Jamey Sheridan, or Vinnie Jones would make The Man in Black come alive as they are all used to playing a dark role in movies. Russell Crowe would portray the older Roland as well as anyone and he has the rough look also someone else’s idea of Hugh Laurie. Another good Roland would be Jensen Ackles of the Supernatural TV Series; he is a little younger though so maybe the young version of Roland. Haley Joel Osment would make a great Jake. Odetta/Odessa I really don’t know.

    Brian P – September 14th, 2011