The Dark Tower TV series cancelled by Amazon
Well, this is unfortunate. According to Deadline, Amazon Studios has cancelled its long-in-development series based on Stephen King’s The Dark Tower novels. The studio felt that the series pilot from executive producer/showrunner Glen Mazzara was “not on the level of other large-scope elevated genre series,” such as their upcoming The Lord of the Rings.
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Obviously, this is a huge blow to fans of King’s well-regarded series of books. Originally, the show was planned as a tie in to the (planned) movie series that kicked off with 2017’s The Dark Tower, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Unfortunately, that film failed to find an audience, which left further adaptations dormant. Amazon intended the TV adaptation to more closely follow King’s novels, and focus on the origin story of Roland Deschain (Sam Strike) and his battles with the man in black (Jasper Pääkkönen), but, alas, that dream -at least for the time being- is dead.
The cast of the pilot is believed, per the report, to have included Michael Rooker, Jerome Flynn and Joana Ribeiro, though nothing was ever made official in those regards.
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The Dark Tower series is produced by Media Rights Capital (MRC). The production company is shopping the two scripts that were the basis for the pilot pickup, sources told the outlet.