The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Glen Mazzara has been attached to serve as showrunner on the TV adaptation of the ambitious Stephen King series The Dark Tower.
The report states that the television series is considered to be independent from the upcoming feature film, though there is some overlap. Set to appear in the series from the film is Idris Elba (as Roland Deschain aka the Gunslinger), Dennis Haysbert (as Roland’s father Steven Deschain) and Tom Taylor (Jake Chambers). The series itself is set to revolve around a younger Roland and his group, with those roles yet to be cast and be based on the fourth book in The Dark Tower series, Wizard in Glass. The series is being developed through Media Rights Capital and Sony Pictures Television.
Speaking with THR, Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead and Damien) said:
I’ve been a Stephen King fan for decades and the opportunity to adapt The Dark Tower as a TV series is a great honour. The events of The Gunslinger, Wizard & Glass, The Wind Through the Keyhole, and other tales need a long format to capture the complexity of Roland’s coming of age — how he became the Gunslinger, how Walter became the Man in Black, and how their rivalry cost Roland everything and everyone he ever loved. I could not be more excited to tell this story. It feels like being given the key to a treasure chest. And oh yeah, we’ll have billy-bumblers!
The report mentions that The Dark Tower series is being envisioned as a straight-to-series project (aiming between ten to thirteen episodes, and production is being aimed to begin in 2018, though there’s still plenty of variables needed to be tied in in order for that goal to be achieved, such as finding a network to pick it up.