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Stephen King overload? NBC bringing 'The Dark Tower' to both TV and movie screens

September 9, 2010 | 11:06 am

Ron In an unconventional move, Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" -- comprising seven novels, short stories and comic books -- will be made into both three films and a television series.

The unique deal will have Ron Howard directing the first film in the trilogy and the first season of the TV series, Universal Pictures and NBC Universal Television Entertainment announced Wednesday afternoon.

"The Dark Tower" centers on the sole survivor in a line of knightly gunslingers, Roland Deschain, who has been charged with finding a Dark Tower in order to save humanity.

The first film will be quickly followed by the television series, which will lead to the second film. The TV series will then resume until the third film is released. No word yet on when production is slated to begin on the first film.

For more on the project, visit our sister blog 24 Frames.

--Amy Kaufman

Photo: Ron Howard at the Academy Awards in 2009. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times.


Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' set for movie, TV series