Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” film adaptation starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey is one of the most anticipated films of next year. The movie doesn’t come out until February, but plans for a follow up story are already set in motion.
In honor of King’s 69th birthday, “The Dark Tower’s” executive producer and co-screenwriter, Akiva Goldsman and sources at the production company MRC, have revealed to Entertainment Weekly new details about the spin-off TV series that is in the works.
According to MRC, they will be developing a 10 to 13 episode first season that will focus on the fourth book in the saga, “Wizard and Glass,” which tells the story of young Roland, how he fell for Susan Delgado and his early journeys. While they don’t have a distributor yet, the series will begin shooting in 2017 with plans to premiere in 2018.
Elba, who portrays Roland in the film, is set to appear as the older version of his character alongside Tom Taylor who plays Jake Chambers. Another actor will be cast to portray the younger version of the gunslinger. There is no word if McConaughey will appear or if they will have another actor take on his role.
“In the movie, Roland is suffering tremendous loss. The most concrete, personal, existential heartbreak a character can have,” Goldsman told EW. “If the movie chronicles his final reach toward hope again, the TV show is the loss of that hope.”
In addition to the new details, MRC also created a map that shows the various towns and landmarks within the territory of Mejis. Click here to see it.
The TV series will be executive produced by Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner and Imagine Entertainment’s Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. “The Dark Tower” director, Nikolaj Arcel, and co-writer, Anders Thomas Jensen, are in charge of working on the script for the show.
Columbia Pictures will release “The Dark Tower” film in theaters on February 17, 2017.