Ron Howard's THE DARK TOWER?

Via Deadline.com : In a whopping deal coming together quickly, Stephen King, Imagine Entertainment and Weed Road are in discussions to make a screen trilogy and TV series out of King's epic novel series The Dark Tower. Akiva Goldsman will write the script, Ron Howard will direct it, and his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer will produce with Goldsman and King.

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Being an unabashed Constant Reader and a huge fan of the Dark Tower series, I can't help but be stoked by this news. Still, I'm not holding my breath here. At best, this is going to be a year or more off-- and at worst, it'll never materialize. Let's not get ahead of ourselves, the article does say: "in discussions"--

If it does happen, this is what's got me jazzed: "to make a screen trilogy and TV series"-- As with any fanboy obsessed epic, the Movie trilogy vs. Serialized TV show (re: HBO) debate has flame war'ed its way across many forum thread. Both sides have their points: A movie has the budget to showcase the scope and deliver a mega-awesome version of the Tower-- but, obviously, wouldn't have quite the time to devote to, say, Eddie,Susannah, Oy and Jake...y'know, the smaller character moments that made us fall in love with them.

I'm keenly interested to see how this shakes down-- Is The Gunslinger a movie, followed by The Drawing of the Three as a season of TV? Or will the films cover Roland and the Ka-Tet, while this potential TV show acts ala Lucas' Expanded Universe?
How is King's meta-universe going to fit in? Are we going to talk about Salem's Lot when Father Callahan appears?

What say you, Geekweek? Are you excited about Ron Howard's Stephen King's Dark Tower? 

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