J.J. Abrams Not Adapting Stephen King’s Dark Tower


There have been some that have said that the pairing of producers J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof (Lost) with the material of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series is a match made in fantasy/sci-fi heaven. Then again, there are those who cringe at the very thought.

No matter where you fall in this spectrum of opinion, all is for nothing today, as Abrams has revealed to MTV that he and Lindelof are leaving Dark Tower behind. “The Dark Tower thing is tricky,” he explained in an interview. “It’s such an important piece of writing. The truth is that Damon and I are not looking at that right now.”

This confirms what Abrams said in an early interview, which was published in October by USA Today. “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.”

The question for fans of King’s work now becomes: if not Abrams, then who? As the producer/director said himself, it is likely that The Dark Tower will end up being made. And with the pressure of this being King’s self-proclaimed magnum opus, it would be quite a task indeed. I’ve seen some who say that The Dark Tower would work best as a television miniseries, whereas others would like to see it get the full-on budget of a major motion picture. I direct my attention and curiosity to all of you — especially those who are rabid fans of King — what do you think should happen with The Dark Tower? Who should adapt, and for what format?

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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