J.J. Abrams and Stephen King: A "Dark" Duo

J.J. Abrams and Stephen King: A "Dark" Duo

It looks like J.J. Abrams is the man of the hour. The creator of "Lost" and "Alias" (not to mention "Felicity") is making a Star Trek movie scheduled to release on Christmas Day, 2008. Meanwhile, he's trying to ensure that the rest of this season of "Lost" sucks less than the first few episodes did. Now, self-proclaimed "Lost" fan Stephen King has been chatting with Abrams about adapting King's 7-book series The Dark Tower.


Whether it will be a movie or a television miniseries remains to be seen. In one foreword to the books, King writes that people can't truly call themselves "Stephen King fans" unless they have read The Dark Tower. But King also recently said that he doesn’t “give a s--- about movies,” passing up several advances from Hollywood big guns to adapt the series for film. He then sold the option rights for Tower to Abrams and his "Lost" cohort Damon Lindelof for $19, leading many to speculate that the adaptation will be a miniseries. For more details, read more


Spanning several different genres — including cowboy Western, fantasy, and science fiction — the Tower books are hardly the horror stories for which King is known. In the series he references The Lord of the Rings, The Wizard of Oz, as well as his own previous works, such as The Stand. The books are incredibly addictive. King was in an accident before finishing the final book, and while recovering he received countless desperate letters from fans begging him to finish the series — including some from elderly folks who wanted to know how the story ended before they died!

Because of the many genres and sheer size of the story, the Dark Tower seems like a cumbersome undertaking. However, King and Abrams clearly admire each other; some even speculate that the ending of the Tower series is what "Lost" is all about. Here's hoping their combined genius makes for a promisingly "Dark" future.

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