The Dark Tower adaptation returns to Amazon with Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy at the helm

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It’s been an interesting week for Mike Flanagan and his teammate Trevor Macy. After the duo announced their departure from Netflix, the streaming service announced it was canceling their new series, The Midnight Club, an adaptation of the Christopher Pike YA horror book series.

However, talk to Term Upon departure, the duo revealed that they are developing a Dark Tower series for Amazon and its Prime Video service, based on Stephen King’s fantasy book series. Now, if that project sounds familiar, it’s because a pilot directed by The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara was filmed, but just before the pandemic hit, production was announced to be stalled and the pilot remains unaired, offering a huge what could have been scenario. It seems that Flanagan and Macy had the right idea and vision for the project.

“I’m in awe of what they did with The Lord of the Rings on a scale we’ve never come close to,” Flanagan said. “I think it represents a very innovative approach to an iconic IP with the full weight of the studio support behind it, the trust that they put into a show, the resources that they invested in the show. I think we both find it very exciting because it’s been on our target list for a long time to try and branch out into some of that event genre space. And that’s something we’re optimistic we can achieve there.”

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower has been adapted into comics, but has never made it to the small screen. The duo is planning a five-season show, plus two feature films. Flanagan revealed that he has written a pilot script and a season recap for The Dark Tower, which he has described for years as his “dream project.” In the past, he described how the film would open: a black screen with the words “The man in black fled across the desert and the gunman followed him,” leading to a landscape with a silhouette in the distance.

The Dark Tower has been considered a holy grail property by studios, in the same vein that The Lord of the Rings was more than 20 years ago when it was announced that Peter Jackson, coming off The Frighteners, would take over the features. . The Dark Tower was made into a movie in 2017 starring Idris Elba as the gunslinger Roland, and Matthew McConaughey as the sorcerer Randall Flagg, who went by the name Walter Padick in this adaptation. However, the film grossed just over $113 million worldwide on a budget of $66 million. It received generally negative reviews, with criticism focusing on its compression of the source material of multiple novels into a single film, which confused the plot for King purists and moviegoers alike.

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