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Mike Flanagan to adapt Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' series

Fans of Stephen King can look forward to a new TV adaptation of his The Dark Tower series. Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan has confirmed the project, for which he’ll be working alongside his frequent collaborator Trevor Macy.

Speaking to Deadline, Flanagan confessed that he’s been wanting to adapt The Dark Tower for the screen for some time now, describing it as his dream project. He intends the new TV series to run for five seasons, followed by two feature films.

Blending Kingsian horror with elements of sci-fi, fantasy and classic Westerns, The Dark Tower series focuses on Mid-World’s last great gunslinger, Roland Deschain. We follow him as he travels across desolate, post-apocalyptic landscapes, searching for The Dark Tower, a mystical building known for its magical properties. With nine books in the series, Flanagan’s going to have his work cut out.

Flanagan is not the first to attempt a The Dark Tower adaptation. Back in 2017, Nikolaj Arcel directed a film version for Sony, which starred a stellar cast featuring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Sadly, it was a bit of a flop. The following year, Amazon secured the rights for a TV adaptation but ended up canning the project.

Fans are feeling optimistic about Flanagan’s involvement. The director has already completed numerous King adaptations, such as Doctor Sleep and Gerald’s Game. He also worked on The Haunting of Hill House, loosely based on Shirley Jackson’s novel of the same name.