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Stephen King Veteran Mike Flanagan Wants a Shot at ‘The Dark Tower’

By Andrew Sanford | Film | September 3, 2020 |

By Andrew Sanford | Film | September 3, 2020 |


Mike Flanagan should be well known to Stephen King fans at this point. The writer/director has helmed adaptations of King titles Gerald’s Game and Doctor Sleep. Both books were considered by many to be unadaptable. Now, Flanagan has revealed another notoriously difficult to adapt King property he’d like to get a shot at.

Originally reported by SyFy, Flanagan recently sat down with director and fellow King guru Mick Garris as part of the Fantasia Film Fest. The two discussed many of Flanagan’s upcoming projects, including The Haunting of Bly Manor. When asked if he had any dream properties he’d like to tackle one day, he gave an answer that’s sure to delight King diehards.

The Dark Tower is forever going to be the story I wish I could tell. That would be the Holy Grail. I mean, talk about an adaptation challenge… So many very talented people have poured so much time and heart and soul and blood, sweat and tears trying to crack that” said Flanagan. “That for me would be the one. I don’t know how that would happen, or if it could happen. That property, it’s daunting. Just to think about even taking first steps toward it.”

As he pointed out, he is not the first person to want to adapt King’s sprawling, eight book epic. A loose adaptation starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey released in 2017 was a critical and commercial failure. There was also, recently, a television adaptation that made it all the way to the pilot stage for Amazon, helmed by Glen Mazzara. However, it was not picked up.

While Ka does not seem to be in the director’s favor, it’s safe to assume that King fans would be happy to see him get a chance to bring Roland Deschain and his Ka-tet to life.

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