It’s been a whirlwind week for Mike Flanagan, he recently left Netflix and signed with Amazon Studios, and now, he’s working on Stephen King’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower. According to Deadline, he and his producing partner Trevor Macy are taking on the massive project. They plan for it to be a TV series that runs for five seasons followed by two stand-alone feature films.
In an interview with Deadline, they revealed that they acquired the rights to the book series that previously spawned a film starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey that wasn’t as well received by fans of the books. He already has a pilot script written out and season outlines for The Dark Tower. He described this as his dream project. Flanagan and Macy are no strangers to King adaptations with the excellent Doctor Sleep in 2019 and Gerald’s Game in 2017. Both films were written and directed by Flanagan.
You can read the full interview from Deadline. They also go into detail about The Midnight Club being canceled shortly after their deal with Amazon was announced, and their upcoming series The Fall of the House of Usher. That series had to undergo some changes after its lead Frank Langella was fired midway through production for misconduct on set. He was replaced by Bruce Greenwood. That series releases on Netflix next year.
For King fans, The Dark Tower is a precious piece of his work that needs the right people to adapt it. Hopefully, with fans like Macy and Mike Flanagan at the helm, it’ll finally get the series it deserves.
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