Legendary author Stephen King (The Mist) is a big fan of ABC’s hit show Lost, to the extent of optioning the movie rights of his Dark Tower series to its creators for only nineteen dollars more than a year ago. In a recent interview, one of them, Damon Lindelof, states that they will only really start on the adaptation once Lost is over.
“The Dark Tower is to me every bit as daunting an adaptation as the Lord of the Rings trilogy must have been for Peter Jackson, except we’ve got seven books we’re looking at. And the idea of doing that at the same time Carlton and I are bringing Lost to a close is simply not viable. There are always Dark Tower conversations, but the figuring out of what this will look like as a movie has not begun. If The Dark Tower were in the right hands, I would love to see seven movies executed just right. But you have to get people to see the first one to get them to come and see the second one.”
Though I’ve seen quite a few movies inspired by his work, I’m not very familiar with Stephen King’s actual books, but from what I understand The Dark Tower is a series of seven books mixing the genres of fantasy, horror and western that tie virtually all of King’s other stories together. According to Wikipedia, the novels “describe a gunslinger’s quest toward a tower whose nature the books call both physical and metaphorical”. It is also to be noted that an ongoing series of original Dark Tower comic books is published by Marvel Comics under King’s personal supervision, but from Lindelof’s talk of “seven books” it seems they are unfortunately not part of the deal.
In any case, Lost will end in 2010 with its sixth season, so I guess we can expect a Dark Tower movie by 2012.