The next chapter in the Dark Tower saga will take place on Amazon.
At least, that seems to be the case based on a mention in a February 21st Deadline article (spotted by Slashfilm) which lists The Dark Tower among the streaming platform’s in-development sci-fi and fantasy series like The Lord of the Rings, The Wheel of Time, Snowcrash, Lazarus and the recently announced adaptation of Iain M. Banks Consider Phlebas.
The Dark Tower television series has been part of the plan to bring Stephen King’s expansive universe to the screen for sometime. When the project was at Universal, a plan was already underway to launch the film with a companion TV series. When last summer’s The Dark Tower finally arrived — as a Sony release — and underwhelmed, it seemed to scupper plans for a companion series intended to revolve around Roland’s childhood in Mid-world; elements from the first Dark Tower novel left out of the film precisely so it could be explored on the TV show. But the almost total lack of detail regard Roland (Idris Elba) in the film made the character hard to access.
And following the film’s lackluster debut, King began to emphasize the series as a redemption for The Dark Tower‘s screen potential while claiming it would also be an immediate reboot after the feature faltered. Many will tell you the form is better suited to the sweep, multiverse-spanning canvass of the series. Considering there are eight books in the series, that is likely true. Also, stories like this seem to stand better in a serialized format which offers viewers a chance to bond with the characters.
Of course, Amazon has plenty on their plate with those other fantasy concepts, so it remains to be seen if Child Roland will ever make to the Dark Tower. But in the meantime, the books are also widely available. Even on Amazon.