In a new interview with Vulture, Stephen King explains why he thinks The Dark Tower proved so difficult to wrangle onto the screen. In the process, he seems to shed a little light on what might be happening with that Dark Tower TV series Sony keeps threatening to make.
Here's the quote, via The Playlist:
"The major challenge was to do a film based on a series of books that’s really long, about 3,000 pages. The other part of it was the decision to do a PG-13 feature adaptation of books that are extremely violent and deal with violent behavior in a fairly graphic way. That was something that had to be overcome, although I’ve gotta say, I thought (screenwriter) Akiva Goldsman did a terrific job in taking a central part of the book and turning it into what I thought was a pretty good movie. 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.”
So, there's a few ways we could interpret "complete reboot". Could be, King means that this long-gestating series (which was always rumored to cover the events of The Dark Tower's fourth novel, Wizard & Glass, essentially rendering it a prequel series) would be wildly different than the Dark Tower movie several hundred people saw in theaters this summer. To those folks, a Wizard & Glass adaptation might really feel like a complete reboot.
The other, more likely way to interpret this is that Sony fucked up The Dark Tower so bad that they have no choice but to completely reboot the property. If that's what we're talking about here, this writer is all for it: let announced showrunner Glen Mazzara take a stab at it. I mean, why not? We know they're not gonna make another movie; the situation couldn't possibly get any worse. Go for it.
Anyway, we'll see what happens. How do you folks think this'll play out?