Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 12:44AM
Lost celebrates its 100th episode tonight, with the eventual goal somewhere around 125 episodes. In case you don't know, it'll all wrap up next spring. And after it's over, J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof may finally get to work on one of the more ambitious adaptations you can even imagine: Stephen King's Dark Tower.
Abrams' Bad Robot earned the rights to the project back in 2007, after Abrams and Lindelof met with Stephen King. And it looks like the day is nearing when The Dark Tower will move to the front burner. "Damon is obviously still on Lost, we've been working on Star Trek together," Abrams told IGN.
"As soon as Lost is done, hopefully we'll get to begin tackling that."
Tackling is a good choice of words, because Dark Tower is massive. That's the reason it's never been made. Where do you start? What do you leave out? How do you make it a faithful interpretation but make it accessible? Lindelof said not too long ago that the proper way to do it is spread over seven films, which puts it in the really grown up Harry Potter arena, and I think I could be down with that.
The question is will Paramount be convinced by that pitch. After all, Bad Robot has a good thing going with the studio, re-upping for a few more years based in large part on the test audience results for Star Trek. But Dark Tower needs to have that seven-picture commitment, and in the current economic climate, that might be too much to agree to all at once. That could leave it in Narnia territory, and there are currently no guarantees that we'll see that complete series.
I'm pulling for it, and so is King, obviously, but would it be worth doing over three or four movies just to finally get it made?