Showrunner Chosen for 'The Dark Tower' TV Show

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There's a television series adaptation of Stephen King's beloved work on the way.

The critical response to the live action premiere of Stephen King's epic fantasy saga The Dark Tower has been less than good, but the author already has a few ideas for the sequel - and cites Logan and Deadpool as inspiration.

In a statement to THR, Mazzara 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 honor".

Anyone familiar with King's Dark Tower books is well aware that the series contains tons of material that would be very hard to reproduce faithfully under the restrictions of a PG-13 rating, so the author's desire to see future films go R-rated is perfectly understandable. Luis Prieto directed the film. As for Matthew McConaughey's Walter O'Dim aka the Man in Black, he is an immortal sorcerer who has had many faces, so technically the character could appear in the series but be recast for a different actor. Complete with slicked back hair and a black shirt buttoned low enough to show off a gold chain, McConaughey spends the majority of his performance strutting and preening, at least when he isn't wielding his weaponized jazz hands.

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Enter Jake (Tom Taylor), a boy living in NY who is suffering from nightmares and visions that feature a tower, a mysterious Man in Black, a Gunslinger, and some creepy rat-faced people who pass as human by wearing fake skin suits.

Using his own dream-inspired drawings, Jake tracks down a house in Brooklyn that contains a portal to Mid-World, where Jake learns all his visions are real and the Gunslinger is an actual man.

Elba plays the justice-defending Gunslinger. I could not be more excited to tell this story. "I haven't been part of a big summer franchise ever".

The original plan had been to make this a series of movies, with a TV series set in between each of them, but then that got scrapped.

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