Stephen King says ‘Dark Tower’ TV series to reboot franchise


Originally, the upcoming Dark Tower TV series was supposed to be a continuation of the movie.

The original word was that it would take Roland (Idris Elba) and show important things from his past when he was a child becoming a Gunslinger. However, the failure of the movie at the box office might force the series to change plans.

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Stephen King spoke to Vulture and told them that he thought the movie was great, but it was a hard sell to his fans because of the PG-13 rating and the fact that it changed so much in condensing the overarching story into one film.

Furthermore, King said that the $50 million domestic take would likely change plans for the upcoming Dark Tower TV series.

"“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.”"

The original plans for the Dark Tower TV series were to have Idris Elba reprise his role, although if the show is about Roland as a child or young man, he would likely just be there as a storyteller or in bookends. At the time, producer Akiva Goldsman said the first episode was already written.

In August, former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara signed on to run the Dark Tower TV series, saying he was excited and said the stories would be from Wizard and GlassThe Wind Through the Keyhole and the original Gunslinger novel.

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Now, it appears that all the plans for the Dark Tower TV series might be in danger thanks to the poor box office of the movie.