The planned TV series based on Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” saga has found a new home with Amazon picking up the rights to the series.
Last year Amazon closed a massive deal for a TV series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” books, but that hasn’t stopped them picking up further literary properties with similar series takes in mind including Terry Pratchett’s “Discworld,” Neal Stephenson’s “Snowcrash,” Iain M. Banks’ “Culture” which was announced this past week, and now King’s “The Dark Tower”.
The recent film adaptation of the property was seen as both a critical and commercial misfire, though with a production budget at only $60 million and a worldwide box-office haul of $113 million the studio didn’t lose too badly on it.
Previously it has been reported that former “The Walking Dead” showrunner Glen Mazzara will take on the role here. The film’s director Nikolaj Arcel also previously revealed he wrote part of the pilot episode back then the plan was to have the film and TV series in the same universe.
With the film’s failure, it’s likely the series will be a complete reboot which is what King suggested last year saying: “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.” Film star Idris Elba has said he’d be up for a film sequel but has no interest in a TV series version.