It is the property that has slipped between the fingers of directors like Frank Darabont, Stephen King's epic "Dark Tower" series, chronicling the adventures of a mysterious yet noble gunfighter traversing a strange wasteland, plucking compatriots from ethereal doorways to join him on a journey through a world that has 'moved on', to a mysterious Dark Tower that holds the key to everything. For years, the story seemed just too large to pull off on the silver screen, but it has now been announced that LOST
co-creator's Damon Lindelof and J.J. Abrams will be doing just that. And who could be more qualified for such a project, with LOST
's increasingly 'purple' story lines involving time travel and mysterious sicknesses, LOST
's beloved island itself almost seems like a locale from King's 'moved on' world.
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Adapting the series to the screen will be a daunting task for LOST
's dynamic duo. The story is played out over seven novels totaling thousands and thousands of pages of text. The LOST
pair has not made any statements regarding their approach to thinning the story down, but it is a safe bet they will take the Lord of the Rings approach and shoot for an epic multi-part adventure.
As for how the property was finally pried from King, the author himself had this to say to Sci-Fi Wire:
"I know J.J. Abrams' work and Damon Lindelof, who is his collaborator on Lost," King said. "Damon is just a total comic-book freak, and he loves the Dark Tower books. I trust those guys, and they have a lot on the ball. When they said they wanted to talk about doing this, I said, 'You know what? Why don't you buy the option on this and see what you can come up with.' They asked, 'How much do you want for an option?' I said, '$19.' [It's a key amount that comes up frequently in the books.] And that's what they paid me, and that's where it is."
Just earlier this month it was announced that the LOST
duo's other major property, the Star Trek prequel (or midquel if you count Enterprise, which I suppose you have to... whether you want to or not) will be helmed by Abrams himself. He was on-board as producer for some time but recently decided he would take the directors yoke. Lindelof is serving as a producer and writer of that venture.
With Abram's already reduced to a figurehead role within the LOST
production, could Lindelof be next to head towards the margins of ABC's hit show? Concerns were raised immediately when Star Trek first came to light over whether or not Lindelof could juggle the projects, a task he did not take lightly, but at the same time seemed confident his skills could hold up both projects. Now with a mega-budgeted probably trilogy in the mix, it would seem that the demand for Lindelof's attention would naturally be pulled towards the monolithic Dark Tower project. but only time will tell.
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- Jon Lachonis, BuddyTV Senior Writer