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Stephen King Confirms 'The Dark Tower' Movie

In March, there were rumblings that Stephen King's best-selling 'The Dark Tower' could be adapted as a film franchise. And now, we finally have confirmation and more details from Stephen King himself.

Stephen King says that Lost co-creators J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof will adapt his seven-book series for the big screen.

"I said no to everybody until recently, because I didn't think much of the chances of it being a good movie," King said. "I mean, this is my life's work, since the time I was 22 years old. It's very important to me. Usually, with the other books, my attitude is, 'Go make a movie, and if it's good, that's terrific, and if it's bad, then it will go to the video stores and back shelves of Blockbuster, and I still get royalties on the book.'"

King, who is a well known fan of Lost, agreed to give movie rights to 'The Dark Tower' when Abrams and Lindelof approached him. "I know J.J. Abrams' work and Damon Lindelof, who is his collaborator on Lost. Damon is just a total comic-book freak, and he loves the Dark Tower books. I trust those guys, and they have a lot on the ball."

"When they said they wanted to talk about doing this, I said, 'You know what? Why don't you buy the option on this and see what you can come up with.' They asked, 'How much do you want for an option?' I said, '$19.' (A number that frequently shows up in the books). And that's what they paid me, and that's where it is."

The one negative about Abrams and his production company getting the rights could be the number of projects he's currently involved in, including Star Trek 11, and 'Cloverfield' so it's anyone guess as to when he will start work on the movie.

August 20, 2007 |




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