“Dark Tower” TV Series Is Going Ahead

Ignoring the swath of bad reviews for the film which hit last night, it has been announced today that plans for the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” fantasy saga are still very much in development.

In fact, former “The Walking Dead” and “The Shield” executive producer Glen Mazzara has just come onboard to serve as showrunner for the series according to THR.

The series will adapt the fourth book in the series, “Wizard and Glass,” which was primarily a prequel novel about the origins of Roland. Idris Elba is slated to appear as Roland Deschain, aka The Gunslinger along with Dennis Haysbert as his father, Steven Deschain, and Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers.

Primarily though a younger actor will be cast in the role with Elba and Taylor’s appearances serving as the framing device for the series. Matthew McConaughey’s Man in Black character does appear across the saga with different guises so the show could well cast different actors in the part.

MRC is reportedly planning the first season to run 10-13 episodes and hopes to get a cable network partner onboard before beginning production in 2018.

Nikolaj Arcel and Anders Thomas Jensen are writing the script for the series. Akiva Goldsman, Gregory Lessans, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Jeff Pinkner are attached as executive producers.