The Dark Tower TV series gets The Walking Dead veteran as showrunner
The adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower is finally being released in cinemas with mixed reviews. But the franchise continues as attention turns to the TV series spin-off and it has now been appointed a showrunner; The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that The Walking Dead's Glen Mazzara will be overseeing the show.
The Dark Tower TV series will focus on the first adventure of the young gunslinger (played by Idris Elba in the movie), adapting the fourth book in King's series, Wizard And Glass.
Mazzara made the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter on his appointment as showrunner:
"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. The events of The Gunslinger, Wizard And Glass, The Wind Through The Keyhole and other tales need a long format to capture the complexity of Roland's coming of age — how he became the Gunslinger, how Walter became the Man in Black, and how their rivalry cost Roland everything and everyone he ever loved.
I could not be more excited to tell this story. It feels like being given the key to a treasure chest. And oh yeah, we'll have billy-bumblers!"
MRC and Sony Pictures are financing the 10-13 episode series. Executive Producer Akiva Goldsman added some context to how the show will tie into the movie:
"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."
More news on the show as it develops...