The production company MRC and Dark Tower film producer and co-writer, Akiva Goldsman have revealed the very first details on the planned series based on the Stephen King property to EW. Perhaps, most importantly, they have assured that it’s for sure going to happen. A full ten-thirteen episode run has already been financed. Production will begin in 2017 with a planned 2018 premiere. The goal is to coincide with the feature film’s release on cable and streaming platforms. The show does not yet have a network home but that isn’t standing in the way of the series moving full-speed ahead.
Idris Elba and Tom Taylor (who both appear in the film have already signed on for the show’s first season. They will be the primary focus of the small screen series. Matthew McConaughey may also appear but his involvement is not yet a done deal. However, his character is definitely confirmed. It’s just not yet known who will be playing him.
The TV series will serve as a prequel to the film, probably so as not interfere with the continuity of the film series. Teaser image below.
As for the feature film, Nikolaj Arcel (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 2009) is at the helm of the upcoming adaptation. He also cowrote the script with Anders Thomas Jensen, Akiva Goldsman, and Jeff Pinkner. Taylor stars alongside Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Fran Kranz, Jackie Earle Haley, and Abbey Lee.
The Dark Tower is currently in production. It has been a long and arduous process but Stephen King, himself, recently revealed, via Twitter, that cameras have begun rolling on the project. The picture is lensing in South Africa, and Sony is targeting a February 17, 2017 release date.