J.J. Abrams is geeking it up like it's about to go out of style. Which it isn't, so don't panic.
Abrams and Damon Lindelof, his partner on Lost, will adapt Stephen King's Dark Tower for movies. King said at the New York Comic-Con that Abrams and Lindelof love the books and he trusts them.
King said they bought the movie option for 19 bucks (readers of the thing will get it).
That is awesome! I have 19 bucks, if anyone out there wants to not ever get their movie made.
No word on how many movies or anything else at all.
RevSF person who has read the Dark Tower Shane Ivey says, "Boy do I hope it doesn't suck. I think even the famous "wait, we weren't expecting to be on for three seasons -- now what?" complaint dries up here since they're adapting an already complete story.
At the very least it promises to be more compelling than, well, any other Stephen King-adapted movie or TV show, ever, that doesn't feature a prison or Jack Nicholson.
"On the other hand, some of the core characters in the stories are irritating as hell even on the page, where King's strongest. I can't imagine they'll wind up better in live action."
Stephen King said "Usually, with the other (books), I don't give much of a shit." Whoo-hoo! The truth, with a naughty word.
Abrams has also gone on record that he's directing the new Star Trek. We only knew till this point that his people were working on it. But now: Abrams. Directing. Three words: Jennifer. Garner. Miniskirt. I ask nothing further.