Published at: Feb. 13, 2007, 7:18 p.m. CST by quint
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I have a confession to make. I'm jealous as all hell of JJ Abrams right now. I'm no mover and shaker in the business, but ever since I was in middle school I've been addicted to the Dark Tower series by Stephen King and since then I wanted to see it made into a film. I think everybody has that comic book, short story, book series, magazine article, whatever, that they some day wish to be a part of realizing on the big or little screen. Dark Tower was that for me. I read through the books as a fan, then read through them thinking how I'd want to see it visualized. I even took reams of notes. Kinda pathetic I know, but in my defense I did all that work knowing full well it was impossible and treated more as an exercise in adaptation.
IGN is running a rumor that JJ Abrams is locked in to direct THE DARK TOWER series, but there's no word on whether it'll be a series of feature films or a miniseries. I'm guessing mini-series and if it is, I hope to God they don't go to ABC. There's nothing wrong with ABC, but you can't Mick Garris' THE STAND-ify THE DARK TOWER. You can't declaw that series on censored television.
To be honest, I saw this coming the second King did the big LOST visit for Entertainment Weekly and the whole article was JJ and Lindelof talking about how much they love Dark Tower and King talking about how much he loves LOST.
Nothing's confirmed yet and I hope Harry can get in touch with Abrams about it, but I'm sure he won't be able to comment.
What does this mean for Star Trek? Well, Abrams never said he was directing Star Trek for one and even if he is directing and not solely producing there is no timetable rumored for Dark Tower...
All jealousy aside, I really like Abrams. I will be very watchful of this project as Dark Tower is close to my heart, but I trust Abrams has the respect for the material.
Hopefully there'll be confirmation in a few days. If not, I have an interview in a week and a half that might be able to shed some light on the subject. Stay tuned...