Many, many writers and filmmakers have tried to adapt Stephen King’s epic tome The Darkish Tower, however thus far none have succeeded. If there’s any author/director who may succeed at such an adaptation, nonetheless, Mike Flanagan must be on the prime of the record. The horror filmmaker has made two King variations up to now, every wildly profitable in response to King followers – the contained thriller Gerald’s Recreation and the Shining sequel Physician Sleep. And now, in a brand new interview, Flanagan says he’d like to take a crack at The Darkish Tower.
Talking with fellow filmmaker Mick Garris as a part of a digital dialog for Fantasia Fest 2020, Flanagan was requested if there’s nonetheless a dream challenge he’d like to sort out. His reply was The Darkish Tower (by way of Syfy Wire):
“I’ve got the answer that most Stephen King fans are going to have. The Dark Tower is forever going to be the story I wish I could tell. That would be the Holy Grail. I mean, talk about an adaptation challenge… So many very talented people have poured so much time and heart and soul and blood, sweat and tears trying to crack that… That for me would be the one. I don’t know how that would happen, or if it could happen. That property, it’s daunting. Just to think about even taking first steps toward it.”
Hollywood has been attempting to adapt King’s sprawling eight-book sequence for years. At one level J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof have been going to take a crack at it, then Ron Howard took over and had Javier Bardem in line to play the lead character Roland Deschain. Howard’s adaptation was deliberate as a film trilogy that will additionally embody two seasons of a miniseries to fill out the backstory, however funds turned a problem. A watered down model of Howard’s adaptation made it onto the display in 2017 starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, with a distinct director, however it form of got here and went. Most lately, former The Strolling Lifeless showrunner Glen Mazzara spent a 12 months creating a TV sequence adaptation for Amazon, however the streaming service handed on the pilot.
Flanagan is lots busy – he’s about to launch the follow-up to the Netflix horror anthology sequence The Haunting of Hill Home known as The Haunting of Bly Manor, and he’s in manufacturing on a brand new Netflix horror sequence known as Midnight Mass. However repeatedly Flanagan has confirmed able to threading the needle between devoted adaptation and one thing new and distinctive, so I say once more: if anybody could make The Darkish Tower work, it’s Flanagan. Make it occur, folks!