After leaving Netflix for Amazon, Mike Flanagan , author of Midnight Mass, Hill House and Doctor Sleep.
It has set to work on an ambitious project to say the least: a new adaptation of Stephen King ‘s literary saga The Dark Tower . Amazon had already tried to make a television series in the past, but then gave up. This project, which Flanagan describes as a five-season series plus two potential concluding films, is therefore totally new.
Flanagan and Intrepid Pictures partner Trevor Macy acquired the rights to the franchise after pitching to Stephen King, who gave the project his blessing and granted the rights. Flanagan wrote the pilot and prepared a specific story for the first season and an outline for the following ones, for what he calls his “holy grail”.
Speaking with Deadline , Flanagan and Macy shared the first details of The Dark Tower . Flanagan reveals that he had dreamed of adapting the King saga for many years, and that he imagined the first shot, which takes its cue from the opening words of the first novel: “The man in black fled into the desert and the gunslinger followed him” . “I’ve had this image in my head since I was in college. Sooner or later it’s going to have to get out of it, I need to get it out of my head.”
Also, Flanagan talks about Stephen King’s involvement:
This thing started because I sent him a very detailed subject of what I intended to do. And it was in response to that that he granted us the rights. We would never want to get involved in a project like this if we took a blasphemous direction towards Stephen King’s material, and he was very supportive and very happy with our idea.