Fans of Stephen Kings ‘The Dark Tower‘ series are counting the days until the movie is released. The movie, which will star Idris Elba and Mathew McConaughey won’t be the only time viewers get to visit Mid-World however.
It’s been confirmed that the fourth book in the series, “Wizard and Glass” is getting the television treatment. MRC and Sony Pictures, which is releasing the film, have committed not just to a pilot but a full run of between 10 and 13 episodes. The Dark Tower show will begin shooting in 2017 with plans to premiere it in 2018. Which should coincide with the movie becoming available to stream.
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While news on the series has been sparse there are small tidbits that have been confirmed. The show will be a much more faithful adaptation of the source material. Although “Wizard & Glass” is the fourth book in “The Dark Tower” series, it actually serves as a prequel. The majority of the book focuses on a 15-year-old Roland on his first outing as a newly trained gunslinger. It will focus on his friendship with his first “ka-tet” and his first love.
“In the movie, Roland is suffering tremendous loss. The most concrete, personal, existential heartbreak a character can have,” Goldsman says. “If the movie chronicles his final reach toward hope again, the TV show is the loss of that hope.”
Idris Elba and Tom Taylor who play’s Jake Chambers will both have small roles in the show as well. Aside from these two, there are no other casting confirmations. It is unknown if Mathew McConaughey will star in the show.
To celebrate King’s 69th birthday MRC presented him with the above image. What you’re looking at is a map of the show’s main setting Mejis. It would be in the town of Hambry that the majority of the action will take place, but it’s exciting to see this level of detail for the show. If “Wizard & Glass” runs for a second season, they won’t be short of material either. Marvel Comics had a very successful run with King approved stories featuring the history of a young Roland following on from the events in the “Wizard & Glass.”
Sadly, there’s not an official air date yet. However, as the tweet above teases, it looks like the first episode has been written. Although this hasn’t been confirmed by Goldman, it’s still exciting news.
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