Stephen King has confirmed that JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof will bring The Dark Tower to the big screen:
I said no to everybody until recently, because I didn’t think much of the chances of it being a good movie. I mean, this is my life’s work, since the time I was 22 years old. It’s very important to me. Usually, with the other [books], I don’t give much of a shit. My attitude is, ‘Go make a movie, and if it’s good, that’s terrific, and if it’s bad, then it will go to the video stores and back shelves of Blockbuster, and I still get royalties on the book.’
I know J.J. Abrams’ work and Damon Lindelof, who is his collaborator on Lost. Damon is just a total comic-book freak, and he loves the Dark Tower books. I trust those guys, and they have a lot on the ball. When they said they wanted to talk about doing this, I said, ‘You know what? Why don’t you buy the option on this and see what you can come up with.’ They asked, ‘How much do you want for an option?’ I said, ‘$19.’ [It’s a key amount that comes up frequently in the books]. And that’s what they paid me, and that’s where it is.
Dayum! It’s a good day to be Abrams. First the Star Trek franchise and now The Dark Tower. Abrams is Hollywood’s geek “it” boy!
Having not read anything without pictures in almost a decade, I have no idea if this is good news or not. However, I am interested if only for the fact that he let the film rights go for $19. He must really trust Abrams and Lindelof. And though Mission Impossible III really bored the hell out of me, I’m going to be following this story with some interest. Gotta get my ass to the comic book store and pick up Gunslinger first!