Amazon Kills ‘The Dark Tower’ TV Series
Looks like there is trouble in mid-world , as The Dark Tower series receives another blow thanks to a rejection from Amazon. The Dark Tower is one of Stephen King’s most ambitious project, consisting of eight books and one short story, written over a period of 30 years. It tells the story of a Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, and his attempt to save the collapse of all realities by saving The Dark Tower. A film adaptation was released in 2017 and saw Idris Elba stepping into the show of Roland. The film was critically panned and was an incomprehensible mess to anyone that had not read the books.
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A second chance was given when it was announced that executive producer/showrunner Glen Mazzara and MRC were creating a pilot for an Amazon TV adaption. However, Deadline confirmed today that Amazon have passed on the show due to it being “not on the level of other large-scope elevated genre series.”
The Dark Tower TV series was designed to be independent from the 2017 film and was meant to be a more faithful retelling of the book than the movie was. It takes place many years before the events depicted in the feature and focused on the origin story of Roland Deschain’s (Sam Strike) – how he first became a gunslinger and got his guns, his first conflict with the man in black (Jasper Pääkkönen), his first love and his first mission as a gunslinger.
Witn Amazon passing, it’s highly unlikely that show will be picked up via other services, but nothing is stopping Mazzara from shopping around. There is also the possibility of a sequel to the film or even a new adaption. With Stephen King Fever still going strong, there are many streaming services still looking to fill a King sized hole. The Dark Tower might just be a huge hit in the right hands!
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