Rumors have been flying about a film adaptation of Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” series. Damon sets the story straight, explains why “Lost” fans matter, and puts William Shatner in his place.
It’s no secret that Lost is one of the best shows on television, a large of its success due to Damon Lindelof. AMCTV spoke with him briefly about his rumored involvement with “The Dark Tower.” Lindelof made it clear that a film version won’t be happening anytime soon.
“The Dark Tower is every bit as daunting an adaptation as the Lord of the Rings trilogy must have been for Peter Jackson, except we’ve got seven books we’re looking at. And the idea of doing that at the same time Carlton and I are bringing Lost to a close is simply not viable. There are always Dark Tower conversations, but the figuring out of what this will look like as a movie has not begun. If The Dark Tower were in the right hands, I would love to see seven movies executed just right. But you have to get people to see the first one to get them to come and see the second one.”
Asked about the willingness to adapt the story of “Lost” to the demands of fans, he said “We’re writing a television show that’s supposed to be consumed by the masses. In the same way that a gladiator in the Roman arena lived or died based on whether or not he was entertaining, we feel like an instantaneous thumbs up, thumbs down response is huge for us.”
It was refreshing to hear how respect to the story took priority over massaging egos. Regarding William Shatner’s displeasure over not getting a role in J.J. Abrams Star Trek, Lindelof explained “Mr. Shatner created Kirk, so I understand and sympathize with his feelings about what his role, or lack of a role, in our movie was. What being said, Kirk died; he fell down a cliff face. That made it incredibly challenging for us to tell the story we wanted to tell and figure out a way for William Shatner, who is now several years older than Kirk was when he died, to be in the movie.”
Maybe J.J. Abrams could dress Shatner up as a Klingon, kind of a wink at “Star Trek” fans in the way Tim Burton dressed Charlton Heston up as an ape in Planet of the Apes. Lord knows he better not make a film as bad as that one. Burton, you maniac! You blew up the franchise! Ah, damn you! Damn you to Hell!
You can check out more of the Lindelof interview, including his comments on the difficulties presented by straying from the “Lost” mythology, here.