Stephen King’s Dark Tower series is being made into an HBO series. In a recent interview with MTV, producer Brian Grazer announced the ambitious Dark Tower project would move to HBO after a failed attempt at a film adaptation.
Grazer with Ron Howard and Universal was set to develop a film trilogy and coinciding TV mini-series but with a colossal budget, the project proved too ambitious for Universal to handle.
Cutting $45 million from the budget, Grazer has taken the project to HBO. No word yet on whether or not the cast or crew intended for the original project will follow the project to the small screen. If it does, we’re looking at Javier Bardem as the antihero protagonist, Roland Deschain.
Seven currently published novels make up Stephen King’s epic Dark Tower series with Volume 1, The Gunslinger published in 1982. The eight installment, The Wind Through the Keyhole is due for release in the first part of 2012.
The series spans numerous genres including western, fantasy, science fiction and King’s trademark horror. A number of Dark Tower comic prequel spin offs have been published by Marvel Comics, and King’s website hosted a video game tie-in. It is expected that the new HBO series will follow the material from the novels.