Saturday, October 2, 2010

Stephen King's Dark Tower: Movie AND TV Series

Now this is really clever and creative.  Rather than a straight seven movies, which would be expensive and take a long time, Ron Howard is releasing Stephen King's Dark Tower saga as a trilogy of films with multiple seasons of a TV show filling the spaces in between.

There was a lot of talk about whether to release it as a TV series or release it as a series of movies.  Doing both is a really good way of "taking a third option."

The web-site features the NBC logo and the article uses the phrase "network television series," so it looks like it'll be on that channel. 

I'm wondering about that.  Premium channels like HBO provide the most creative freedom, but networks like NBC provide the largest audiences.  In theory, a larger audience means the show is more successful, but I recall a lot of network-TV shows being canceled before their stories were fully told (Dark Angel, Firefly, Surface, and Prey being four) and none suffering this fate on the premium channels.

I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this one.  It's going to rock. 

I wonder if they'll be able to get Jamey Sheridan to play Randall Flagg?   Flagg in various guises plays a major role in the Dark Tower universe and Sheridan apparently did a good job playing him in The Stand a few years back.

Of course, considering Flagg is thousands of years old and has many identities, having a different actor--or even many different actors--playing him is not problematic.

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