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The Dark Tower spinoff TV show to feature Idris Elba, adapt Wizard and Glass

09.21.2016by: Brennan Klein

THE DARK TOWER is going multimedia, y'all! The Nikolaj Arcel-directed flick, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, will hit theaters on February 17, 2017, but that won't be the end of the property. MRC and Sony Pictures will also be producing a 10 to 13 episode season of a spinoff series expanding the mythology of the DARK TOWER universe. 

Presumably, that might change if DARK TOWER tanks hard, but Sony and co-screenwriter/producer Akiva Goldsman revealed some details about the planned show, which plans to begin production next year with an eye on a 2018 premiere.

Elba has signed on to re-appear as Gunslinger Roland Deschain alongside Tom Taylor's Jake Chambers ito provide a framing device for the show, which will be mostly adapted from the fourth book in the Dark Tower series: Wizard and Glass, focusing on a teenage Deschain. Matthew McConaughey's character Man in Black will also be appearing, though considering the character can appear in several guises, there is no confirmation that the actor himself will return.

Says Goldsman:

In the movie, Roland is suffering tremendous loss. The most concrete, personal, existential heartbreak a character can have. If the movie chronicles his final reach toward hope again, the TV show is the loss of that hope.

In honor of Stephen King's birthday, the company has produced a map featuring famous locales from the story, which you can check out below!

The Dark Tower series will be executive produced by Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner, and Imagine Entertainment’s Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

Although I have my doubts about this idea, it's certainly intriguing. The only other franchise I can think of that has a TV series more or less concurrently with a film franchise is Wolf Creek, and that's a much more low budget affair. I guess you could count Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, but it's just expected at this point that Disney will swallow as much of the media landscape as they can. I suppose, if this idea is successful, this might just be how things work in the future. Creepy.

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