The Dark Tower Gets A Release Date

<i>The Dark Tower</i> Gets A Release Date

Universal has locked in release dates for some of its big upcoming movies, among them Ron Howard's adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower..

Ron Howard's Dark Tower adaptation will make history, as he and Universal are bringing together a movie trilogy and tv series based on Stephen King's much loved novels/comics. And now wed have a release date. The first of the trilogy is set for release on Friday, May 17, 2013.

Just a little bit of a wait then! But it could really be worth it. Apparently the plan is to start with the first film in the trilogy and link the following films with a season of Tv episodes between them. This epic undertaking has drawn comparison to Peter Jackson's work on LOTR, and Howard acknowledges and invites it..

“What Peter did was a feat, cinematic history. The approach we’re taking also stands on its own, but it’s driven by the material. I love both, and like what’s going on in TV. With this story, if you dedicated to one medium or another, there’s the horrible risk of cheating material. The scope and scale call for a big screen budget. But if you committed only to films, you’d deny the audience the intimacy and nuance of some of these characters and a lot of cool twists and turns that make for jaw-dropping, compelling television. We’ve put some real time and deep thought into this, and a lot of conversations and analysis from a business standpoint, to get people to believe in this and take this leap with us. I hope audiences respond to it in a way that compels us to keep going after the first year or two of work. It’s fresh territory for me, as a filmmaker.”

For some of Universal's other tentpole picture(such as Snow White And The Huntsman, The Bourne Legacy) release dates click on the link back to Deadline below.

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DukeAcureds - 10/29/2010, 8:36 AM
This will be soooo good. Forget Willow. Happy days are ahead. Cool news, duder.
Shaman - 10/29/2010, 8:37 AM
Can't wait!!! I'm not a book reader but i keep hearing good things about them, which is why i can't wait for the films :))
DukeAcureds - 10/29/2010, 8:42 AM
I never read the Dark Tower books, but I remember a fantasy novel by Stephen King called Eye of the Dragon or something. He's a better fantasy writer than a horror writer IMO. Plus all the Dark Tower comics are so captivating, image wise. This could be pant-wettingly cool.
scapegoatjones - 10/29/2010, 8:53 AM

1.Dont let SK anywhere near the casting or Roland will be that clown from Wings.
2.Dont waste the Drawing of the 3 on TV.
3.Use Young Roland, Cuth and Alain for TV, the rest all movie(s).
dellamorte1872 - 10/29/2010, 8:54 AM
i am a die hard DARK TOWER fan love all the novels and have all the comics too lol. i dont know if RON HOWARD will make the best adaption but i like how theyre being so respectful of the material. but i long to see "childe roland to the dark tower came"
MisterJoshua - 10/29/2010, 8:55 AM
Great find, Ror!! This story is awesome, and Roland is the Man!!
tazmaniak - 10/29/2010, 8:56 AM
"I never read the Dark Tower books, but I remember a fantasy novel by Stephen King called Eye of the Dragon or something. He's a better fantasy writer than a horror writer IMO. Plus all the Dark Tower comics are so captivating, image wise. This could be pant-wettingly cool. "

That's good.The villain of Eyes of the Dragon is one of the main antagonists of the Dark Tower series.The story and The Dark Tower take place in the same world, as some of the characters and events are referenced by Dark Tower characters.

"3.Use Young Roland, Cuth and Alain for TV, the rest all movie(s)."

The problem with that scenario is there is no way they can fit 7 novels worth of material into 3 films.

I actually think the backstory should be the movies as it is one story.For instance, if someone were to only watch the films, it would tell a complete story.Just adapt the Wizard and Glass and the comic book miniseries for the films.
CorndogBurglar - 10/29/2010, 8:58 AM
I LOVE the Dark Tower series and all the novels that are related. Unfortunately, and i think people in the know will agree when i say that even the most talented director in the world won't be able do a movie justice.

I just can't see it happening. I'm bracing for disappointment, maybe that way it won't seem too bad, lol.
CorndogBurglar - 10/29/2010, 9:01 AM
@ Tazmaniak

well...actually the Dark Tower is the nexus of all realities. So in layman's terms, most of King's books are just taking place on different levels (realities) within the Tower. So Eyes of the Dragon doesn't really take place in the same world, its actually a different world, lol. But i know what you mean :)
dellamorte1872 - 10/29/2010, 9:01 AM
no they wanna make "history" i have SOME faith @CDB
StrangerX - 10/29/2010, 9:04 AM
I was waiting to see how long this would take. I remember a year ago talking about it. Good to know it's finally happening.
dellamorte1872 - 10/29/2010, 9:04 AM
dellamorte1872 - 10/29/2010, 9:08 AM
tazmaniak - 10/29/2010, 9:14 AM
That is true, but Roland makes mention of his grandfather visiting the city next to the setting of Eyes of the Dragon long ago.He also references the king of that other city killing the dragon.He speaks of it as a city in his world that one could travel to, not as a place that's part of another world that required crossing realms.

I was just mentioning it for DukeAcureds2010, as he may not have been aware of it.
AverageCitizen99 - 10/29/2010, 9:22 AM
Awesome news Ror! :)
I just checked out the first part from my school library after it was finally returned! Hoping to check it out soon. I really like where Ron is going with this, this could very well be one of the most epic feats to occur on the big and small screens. Can't wait!!
SackUSMC27 - 10/29/2010, 9:33 AM
Very disappointed. There's a 19th that falls on a Friday in April 2013 and in July. I'd think they would want to assure fans of their dedication to the source material as early as possible, and missing an opportunity to release the movie on the most important number in the universe is not a good sign.
Dusk - 10/29/2010, 9:38 AM
HelaGood - 10/29/2010, 9:46 AM
LOVE Stephen King, LOVE LOVE LOVE The Dark Tower...

not loving this: "Ron Howard's adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower.."

it's like oil and water...

hope i'm wrong...
DukeAcureds - 10/29/2010, 10:08 AM
That is so cool. I had no idea. So the Eyes of the Dragon is like The Hobbit and Dark Tower is Lord of the Rings? I'm so gonna read the whole series before this project comes to pass. Cheers for the heads up.
tazmaniak - 10/29/2010, 10:20 AM
Like I said above, the novels are too long to be adapted into a film so it would make sense to just have the backstory in the movies.It would really work in the series, as you couldn't take that much time out of the main story to go back and tell it.You'd have to go episodes without seeing the main characters.

Also, it's unlikely that you could use the same main TV actors for the movies, as you would not have enough time to do both.

I say take the 3 major Young Roland stories and make them the movies.Then put the rest of the prequels into the series.

I could see the first movie focusing on The Gunslinger Born, the second focusing on the Battle of Jerich Hill and if there are anymore stories, the last film could be about that.

Movie 1 - The Gunslinger Born/Parts of Wizard and Glass

Season 1 - The Gunslinger/The Drawing of Three

Season 2 - The Wastelands

Season 3 - Wizard and Glass

Movie 2 - The Long Road Home/Treachery/The Sorcerer

Season 4 - The Wolves of Calla

Season 5 - Song of Susannah

Movie 3 - The Fall of Gilead/The Battle of Jericho Hill

Season 6 - The Dark Tower

Or something to that effect.
Gunslinger - 10/29/2010, 11:17 AM
I think I just came....
LEEE777 - 10/29/2010, 12:26 PM
Gunslinger @ LOL!

ROR @ [frick]ing EPIC!
rolanddeschain - 10/29/2010, 12:47 PM
Shaman@ you must read the dark tower books b4 you die, lol.

At first I was disappointed to hear that I have to wait until 2013 for TDK, but if they get to take their time to make an incredible product, then it'll be well worth it. In the meantime, I have so many other CBM's coming out before TDK to hold me down, it'll be here b4 I know it.

What could be more awesome is if the movies/tv shows are a hit, then hopefully they could adapt the graphic novels as a cartoon series of some kind, if you haven't read those, you're missing out, great stuff.
rolanddeschain - 10/29/2010, 12:54 PM
I don't have much of any trust in ron howard after he made the davinci code and angels and demons so badly, but if he has some people who've been assisting with dark tower projects on his team ie: Robin Furth, then he should do better than expected
scapegoatjones - 10/29/2010, 2:53 PM
@ Taz

Movie 1 (Gunslinger/Drawing of the Three/Wasteland Pt.1)

TV: (Wasteland Pt.2/Wizard and Glass)

Movie 2 (Wolves, Susannah)

Movie 3 (The Dark Tower)

youre squandering the books on television and are too wrapped up in the comic additives.

scapegoatjones - 10/29/2010, 5:57 PM
lol as if they could do the epic shootout @ Balazars on TV
dellamorte1872 - 10/29/2010, 6:13 PM
tazmaniak - 10/29/2010, 7:16 PM
Gunslinger/Drawing of Three/Wasteland Pt.1 is over 800 pages of material.

Wasteland Pt.2/Wizard and Glass is over 900 pages.

I think the whole point of doing TV seasons is so they can tell the whole story.There is no way they could fit all that into a film.

And have you read the comic book prequels?Those stories are very vital to the overall mythology.

I'm not one of those people who think movies are better than television.I've seen much better stories played out on the small screen than on the big screen.

Battlestar Galactca
The Wire
The Shield

If you want to see a short story, make it a movie.If you want to see a sweeping, epic story, put it on TV.You just have to have the right people behind it.
Cerebro - 10/29/2010, 7:44 PM
Thank Gan. The Dark Tower is by far one of the best things Steven King has produced. If you have not read this series, do not wait for the movie. No director, better or worse than Ron Howard, could do the books justice. That being said, I cant wait for may 17 2013. Roland, Eddy, Susannah, Jake, and oy, this is going to be epic. I love the Idea of cross platform media, it could be ground breaking. Personal though I can only see Wizard and the Glass being made Into a T.V. based show. So to Ron, thank you sai, for this attempt to make a movie of my all time favorite book. Only KA knows if you will make it to the top of the tower.
Niem8211 - 10/29/2010, 9:33 PM
WAY WAY EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! F*&K LOTR, Dark Tower all the way!!!!!!!!!
Flagg - 10/30/2010, 11:50 AM
I'm incredibly excited about this. The format (film-TV-film-TV-film) has the possibility to revolutionise the way we tell stories on screen; many books that were considered unfilmable may now become possible. I really hope it's a success.

I wonder why they're putting the Wizard & Glass stories between the second and third films, though? I think it's a bit much to ask casual audiences to pause the main story for a few months and watch only the flashbacks instead. I think it would be better if they presented the whole Gunslinger Born story as a SPIN-OFF prequel series rather than an a series to fill in the gaps between The Waste Lands and Wolves of the Calla. If the Gunslinger Born series is successful, they could follow it with The Long Road Home, Treachery, The Fall of Gilead and The Battle of Jericho Hill. Throw in a Sorcerer special episode, and maybe Sheemie's Tale as well. And we'll see about The Wind Through the Keyhole when it's published (some or all of it seemingly takes place between The Fall of Gilead and The Battle of Jericho Hill). Hard to say if they should use the young or the old Roland actor for The Little Sisters of Eluria, but I guess it's close enough that it doesn't matter too much, as long as that novella gets adapted too.

I wonder if the filmmakers are going to keep continuity with other sai King films? Will we see Donald Sutherland or James Cromwell returning as Father Callahan? Jamey Sheridan reprising as the man in black, Randall Flagg? Anthony Hopkins as Ted Brautigan? Or will The Dark Tower reboot all these? It would be cool if remakes of 'Salem's Lot, The Stand, Hearts in Atlantis and so on were created to tie in with the Dark Tower films. And especially my favourite tie-in, IT. Guillermo del Toro has expressed an interest in remaking IT, and Doug Jones as Pennywise with del Toro at the helm would be awesome in the original sense of the word. I would love to see his designs for Its various forms... and they could get the same actor to play Dandelo, too.

And how about adaptations of never-before-made Dark Tower-related books? Insomnia? Rose Madder? The Eyes of the Dragon? The Talisman and Black House? All to tie in with the Dark Tower films, using the same actors for the various crossovers? It could be earth-shattering. I just hope Ron Howard doesn't screw it up; he's an okay director, sure, but seriously? Why not someone like Frank Darabont? A real visionary? Not that I'm not wishing Howard the best of luck with this, but really, I'd prefer if he stepped down and let a more appropriate director take over.

By the way Ror, you might be interested to know that Stephen King's official site is linking to this very page!
LightningArmour - 10/30/2010, 1:13 PM
The first four books are great, but the last three are complete garbage.
I hope they undergo some serious rewrites for film.
HULK2099 - 10/30/2010, 1:32 PM
love the comics! cant wait
Spectre94 - 10/30/2010, 6:09 PM
That sounds amazing
ryushisai - 10/31/2010, 7:38 AM
Some clarification on how the DT novels relate to other SK novels...

The 7 DT novels can absolutly stand on their own without any of SK's other works, however as the original 7 DT books are the magnum opus of SK's work, he has come to realize over time that they have infiltrated his other works. In the beginning, the interrelation between his horror and fantasy novels was not related to the DT as it was a new and massive undertaking. As time progressed, SK was able to incorporate more of his earlier work into the DT either subtely or in major ways. Here is a link to the connections page which defines most of the connections between SK's non-DT work and the DT novels themselves:

Eyes of the Dragon is not a prequel to Roland's journey, however it does occur in the same world/universe as Roland and the actual DT. King Roland from EotD is not related to Roland Deschan, however it is the same Flagg - the same Flagg that also appears in the Stand. Roland does actually make mention of the events in EotD, as well as character cameos in the DT novels.

And for the record, the idea of a movie adaptation of this series makes me naueous.
ryushisai - 10/31/2010, 7:40 AM
Deschain, sorry for the mistype.
DarkTowerFan - 11/9/2010, 3:51 PM
this will be the best series i have ever seen if it is done correctly all i want to know is who could they cast as the main charecters such as eddie, roland, and flagg because their is no current acter that i think can take on a roll with such depth as these charecters need.

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