Why Ron Howard can't stop thinking about Stephen King's Dark Tower

Remember that The Dark Tower TV series we reported on back in September? Well, even though it hasn't yet been green-lit by Universal Pictures, the intended director—Ron Howard—has already immersed himself in Stephen King's fantasy western world.

Howard, who spoke at length with the L.A. Times, said, "I've been reading and researching and just kind of living with it. I've been constantly going through stuff, and I've just been re-listening to it [on audio books] on my iPod."

That's a lot of material to process. The epic series consists of seven books, a comic-book prequel series (written by Peter David) and an online video game. King is also working on a sequel novel, The Wind Through the Keyhole, although its release date has yet to be announced. Because the epic is so complex, there are plans to bring it to the big screen, followed by a television series, and completed with two separate movies.

It turns out that Howard has been living with Stephen King's work for some time now; he had thrown himself into the Dark Tower universe over a year ago to prepare himself for a pitch—not to Hollywood's producers and money men, but to Stephen King himself.

Howard said, "It was all about putting something together that was good enough and getting such an understanding of the material that Stephen King would say, 'Yes, that's the way into this story.'"

In other words, he wanted to impress Stephen King. And it worked.

King, the horrormeister himself, said:

"I've been waiting for the right team to bring the characters and stories in these books to film and TV viewers around the world. Ron...along with Universal and NBC have a deep interest and passion for the The Dark Tower series and I know that will translate into an intriguing series of films and TV shows that respect the origins and the characters in The Dark Tower that fans have come to love."

Now we're just waiting for the green light in order for Ron Howard to go Dark.

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