Ahead of the film’s release this Friday, “The Dark Tower” director Nikolaj Arcel has spoken some more about the planned TV series based on the Stephen King fantasy saga.
As previously announced, the film opening on Friday will be the first in a potential trilogy should it meet its financial expectations.
At the same time, two seasons of television have been mapped out that will deal with the books (specifically the fourth one “Wizard and Glass”) more directly – unlike the film which serves as a canonical sequel to the whole saga.
Speaking with Indiewire, Arcel revealed his involvement with the series and where it currently stands:
“It’s being written. I was part of writing the pilot, like the first season ideas and the pilot and the second episode. It’s gonna be awesome. What was exciting about that, whereas with the film, we were really trying to create an introduction and make a standalone film that could sort of live in itself, but what was also exciting, working on the TV show at the same time, is that is totally canon.
We’re going back in the past. It’s very, very closely adhering to the ‘Wizard and Glass’ novel and parts of ‘The Gunslinger’ novel. That was exciting to be even more like, ‘Okay, now we’re going to be able to even lift lines directly, or like [write] characters exactly as they are.’ Which, as a fan, was exciting in a different way.”
Tom Taylor, who plays young Jake Chambers in the film, is expected to appear in the series – but Elba and McConaughey’s involvement is unclear.