In the many years of development of “The Dark Tower,” the plan was for the screen adaptation of Stephen King’s fantasy novel series to consist of a trilogy of films and two seasons of event television.
Cut to now and, at present, it all depends upon the success of “The Dark Tower” film opening in a few weeks and whether there’s an audience for the saga or not.
If the TV spin-off does go forward though, producer Akiva Goldsman says he’s quite sure that the film’s star Idris Elba will be involved in some capacity. In fact, he tells Deadline that work on the series has already begun:
“The first episode of a show has been written, and we hope to retain Ron [Howard]’s original idea to mix platforms, something that seemed revolutionary ten years ago but now is something that others have done. Idris for sure is part of this, and if the movie is Roland Deschain the gunslinger, the show is his origin story, based on the fourth novel in the series, Wizard and Glass.”
Goldsman along with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer have all been exploring the idea of a spin-off series for years. Elba certainly is no stranger to TV with his most iconic roles to date on small screen efforts like “Luther” and “The Wire”.
“The Dark Tower” opens in cinemas on August 4th.