Sam Strike and Jasper Paakkonen will be the leads for Amazon Prime’s adaptation of Dark Tower, based on the novels by Stephen King. The project has been in the works for little over a year now, and now it looks like it’ll be moving forward with a pilot order from Amazon. When The Hollywood Reporter asked for comment from Amazon they did decline to give one.
Strike will be playing The Gunslinger, or Roland Deschain, while Paakkonen will be playing his nemesis, the Man in Black, or Randall Flag/Walter O’Dim. The two roles were played by Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, respectively, in the 2017 film adaptation The show was originally supposed to connect to that film, but when that film was received poorly it was decided the show would stand on its own, and follow King’s books more closely.
Glen Mazarra (The Walking Dead) will serve as show runner, and he talked about changing the adaptation in 2017. He wanted to cover Roland and Walter’s growth in a better fashion, and give the journey the Gunslinger and Man in Black have its due justice. Their journey together spans several novels, and it only makes sense to move from a movie, to a television series that can cover a book with one or two seasons, or even less.
“I’ve been a Stephen King fan for decades, and the opportunity to adapt The Dark Tower as a TV series is a great honor,” — “The events of The Gunslinger, Wizard and Glass, The Wind Through the Keyhole and other tales need a long format to capture the complexity of Roland’s coming of age — how he became the Gunslinger, how Walter became the Man in Black, and how their rivalry cost Roland everything and everyone he ever loved. I could not be more excited to tell this story.”
It sounds like this pilot is moving right along. Are you excited for another Stephen King adaptation? Did you like the movie Dark Tower? Can the Amazon Prime show do better? Let us know in the comments below!
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter