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Breakin’ News: J.J. Abrams Not Making King’s ‘Dark Tower’?

jj-abrams_238x334J.J. Abrams told MTV News’ Josh Horowitz that he and Damon Lindelof were no longer thinking of adapting Stephen King’s seven novel series. Abrams called the situation “tricky”, adding, “the truth is that Damon and I are not looking at that right now.”

This builds on what Lindelof already said in a USA Today article in October when he mentioned that Lost was grueling and he was not looking to jump into adapting King’s opus. Lindelof said, “You’ll be hard-pressed to find a huger fan of The Dark Tower than me, but that’s probably the reason that I shouldn’t be the one to adapt it. After working six years on Lost, the last thing I want to do is spend the next seven years adapting one of my favorite books of all time. I’m such a massive Stephen King fan that I’m terrified of screwing it up.”

Now, although this is, in all likelihood, the end of the road for Abrams and Co. adapting the series, rest assured King and Dark Tower faithful that the series is just too good to pass up. After all, Frank Darabont, who has adapted three King stories into “The Mist”, “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile”, has shown interest in the past.

Personally, I don’t know if the series should be made into a TV series (preferably on cable) or a number of feature length films. After all, Harry Potter will be concluding with the seventh and eighth films in the series in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Now, I personally would love to see Darabont adapt the novels, but King obviously feels he might not be the man for the film. He has actually said he gives a shit about this series, whereas he has not cared as much about who adapts his other novels because they can always go back to the original works.

Darabont has done a great job and made a true classic in “The Shawshank Redemption”, and I don’t see any reason why he can’t work his magic again. However, there is something to be said about the sheer size and length of The Dark Tower that Darabont has yet to show he can handle.

Where the Dark Tower ends up is anyone’s guess, but perhaps Lindelof and Abrams will feel refreshed in a few years and take on this massive task.

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November 11, 2009 - Posted by | Breakin' News | , , ,

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