A lack of news regarding the DT movie production has given time for some thoughts to ferment in my mind, which I figured would be fun to share with you here.
First though, the story so far.
Stephen King announces the filming rights to the Dark Tower have been bought by J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof. They both seemed excited, though a little apprehensive, and were looking ready to go full-steam into production once they’d finished with LOST and perhaps after one other film from Abrams. All of a sudden, Lindelof announces they were calling the whole thing off.
Does this sudden change of heart strike you as rather strange? It does me. Well, here are my thoughts…
What if Abrams and Lindelof had decided that making such an epic into a series of movies was just too difficult and for it to be done properly, they really needed to run this as a TV series; allowing them to give it the depth and detail it really needs. To make sure they have as much story information as possible they ask King for more details on his Dark Tower world.
Stephen King, being the great LOST/Abrams fans he is, obliges, but to make sure all his notes are in order and consistent he decides to put them into book form, thus last November’s announcement that he will be releasing a brand new Dark Tower book, The Wind Through The Keyhole, set between Wizard and Glass and Wolves of the Calla; based on three short stories of some important events and supporting characters.
If so, then Abrams and Lidelhof will be back filming The Dark Tower, as a long running TV series.
A solid Theory? Speculation? Soothsaying..? I guess only time will tell.