We know from previous reports that Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is coming to screens as an interlinked chain of movies and TV episodes. As I told you before:
This is crazy talk, Universal. You’re going to have Ron Howard direct a Dark Tower feature film plus a whole season of TV episodes to follow shortly afterwards? And then there’s two more movies and another season of TV to come after that, in order to wrap the story up? Okay. Be it on your heads.
Universal have today announced, as I read on Deadline, that the first movie will hit screens on May 17, 2013. But what about the TV show? Will it follow in the autumn months of 2013?
Well, I expect there may have been a bit of a misunderstanding somewhere here but Spoiler TV are including the show on a list of NBC’s in-development projects for next season. Hmmm. Their post also provide the following blurb for the series:
Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea. Roland is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange singlemindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape. The people he encounters are left behind, or worse—left dead. At a way station, however, he meets Jake, a boy from a particular time (1977) and a particular place (New York City), and soon the two are joined—khef, ka, and ka-tet. The mountains lie before them. So does the man in black and, somewhere far beyond…the Dark Tower.
This info, judging from the first sentence, actually seems to have been cut-and-paste from press material referring specifically to The Gunslinger, the first novel in the Dark Tower series. Whether or not this was actually NBC press material or not I haven’t been able to ascertain. If it is true that the TV series will be adapting The Gunslinger, can we infer that the order has been flipped and the TV series will precede the first movie? Does that sound like a more sensible plan to you? Or commercial suicide?