J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company has let go of the rights to Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. Abrams had been trying to develop the book into a film.
With the rights reverting back to its author, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman are teaming up to adapt the Fantasy Western into both a film and TV series. The plan calls for the big screen version to be followed by a TV series [via Heat Vision]:
The three are in discussions on a scenario that would see an adaptation begin as a movie, to be written by Goldsman and directed by Howard, that would lead to a TV series produced by Imagine’s small-screen division.
The project will likely be set up at Universal Pictures.