So the hotly-anticipated Dark Tower movie is looming on the horizon, with Idris Elba taking the lead as gunslinger Roland Deschain. But it appears his voyage to the center of the world-that-was won’t stop when the credits roll. A companion TV show is set to debut on terrestrial TV in 2018 as well.
As fans of Steven King’s seminal Dark Tower series know, the movie adaptation had been in development hell for decades, before it suddenly spurted out all over the place like a bottle of ketchup. We went from years of nothing to the movie suddenly being scheduled for release in February of 2017.
But some aspects of the original plan still seem to be in effect. At one point, it was believed that the only way to tell the epic tale of Roland Deschain and his ka-tet was to sandwich an entire TV series in between two Hollywood movies; and it looks like that plan might still be in the works.
Production company MRC have announced that a TV series of 10 to 13 episodes will be shot in 2017, debuting in 2018 on a streaming or cable service. It’s probable that this TV series will cover the events of Wizard and Glass, a flashback to Roland’s teenage years, as he tackles his first mission as a gunslinger.
That means that the role of a young Roland will probably be taken by a different actor, and Idris Elba will only feature in the bookends that explain how this story got told in the context of the present-day quest. That offers a massive scope to explore the colorful and vivid realm of Steven King’s Dark Tower, and will also give the fans of the series the consistency that they feared would be lacking after casting details suggested massive changes to Steven King’s original storyline.
I’m excited. Not only does this mean more Dark Tower action, but it’s also a further exploration into new forms of narrative storytelling. With movie/TV show combos proving the value of separate-stream storylines (like how Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. proved instrumental to the plot of Captain America: Winter Soldier) I think this could be a really exciting way to share the saga of the Dark Tower with a whole new generation.