Fan sites are trumpeting the news today that Stephen King
's Dark Tower
has been greenlit for a film adaptation. But for television, or movies, you ask?
Both. The idea is to have a trilogy of movies that aren't completely consecutive, narrative-wise. The story in between each movie will be done as a television show that will run in between the theatrical releases.
We've never read the Dark Tower
series, but we find ourselves really intrigued by this proposed method of adaptation. It is an extremely elegant solution to adapting a serial story that nevertheless really needs a big screen and big budget to do it justice, without the necessary serialization that occurs in miniseries. And we've seen it before, in an incredibly successful way. Remember Clone Wars
We'd like to see this approach put towards other works as well, even though, as some have rightfully pointed out, it is unorthodox, logistically tricky, and incredibly expensive.
A few examples: