At some point in the distant past we reported that J.J. Abrams had purchased the film rights to Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, a hybrid Sci-Fi Fantasy group of novels that redefine epic. J.J. purchased the rights for 19 bucks, a magical number in the series and quite a steal.
It appears like J.J. is going to give a pass to the Tower after all. His thoughts:
“The Dark Tower thing is tricky,” Abrams said. “The truth is that Damon and I are not looking at that right now.” In an earlier interview with USA Today, Abrams added comments that, quite frankly, make a lot of sense. He says, “After working six years on ‘Lost,’ the last thing I want to do is spend the next seven years adapting one of my favorite books of all time. I’m such a massive Stephen King fan that I’m terrified of screwing it up. I’d do anything to see those movies written by someone else. My guess is they will get made because they’re so incredible. But not by me.”
For those of you that have read the series you’ll understand why The Tower series isn’t really made for the movies. It needs to be HBO or one of the other cable networks that can throw a budget at it and make it as adult and as long as it needs to be. HBO is making the George R.R. Martin “Game Of Thrones” books a reality and if they can tackle that The Dark Tower will be easy. Thanks Cinematical for the scoop.