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This Should Happen: A new editorial column by Quint!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. For a long while I’ve been toying with the idea of a regular editorial column called This Should Happen. In fact, I have one half-written that was supposed to start off this continuing series of brainfarts from me, but put it on the backburner when Comic-Con, Fantasia and this recent Tintin trip to New Zealand reared their heads.

Oddly, both editorials center around a property that means a whole lot to me, but since it’s timelier let’s kick off this column with this thought: Frank Darabont should be the showrunner for an HBO Dark Tower series.

This should happen.



Let’s look at what has happened with both Frank Darabont and The Dark Tower recently. Darabont has left The Walking Dead amongst word of tension with AMC. His series had the biggest numbers of any pilot ever aired on AMC and brought zombies into the mainstream yet again.

The Dark Tower has crumbled at Universal. Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman’s take on the project, including the very ambitious plan to split the epic story between movies and episodic network TV, is looking for a home.

I think it’s Ka (or fate, if you’re not a Tower junkie yet) these two things happened so close to each other. Also consider that HBO has seen one of its most popular series ever with their high-budget, nudity-ridden, bloody, vicious, hardcore, great fantasy series based on a popular book line: Game of Thrones.



Can you imagine Darabont being able to tell The Dark Tower at HBO with a Game of Thrones level production value? Seven seasons, the first being a quick 6 hour-long season and the rest being fuller 12 or more episode seasons. That would allow them to adjust the size of their seasons (should it prove to be as successful as Game of Thrones) to the size of the books and with the freedom of being on cable TV vs. network TV you wouldn’t have to shy away from the harshness of Roland’s world.

That was one of my many concerns with Ron Howard and Co’s plan at Universal… Would they have to tone down the feature films so the overlap with the TV series wouldn’t be too jarring? Taking the Game of Thrones model is note perfect for this series, which is also filled with gratuitous nudity (both male and female), crazy sick shit (including demon rape and an abortion performed with a pistol) and ultra-violence.

I know for a fact that Darabont is obsessed with the Dark Tower universe and we all know his stellar track history with Stephen King adaptations. From what I’ve heard of Howard, he also is passionate about this story and if he doesn’t want to let it go I understand, but I think it’d behoove him restructure his thoughts on approaching The Dark Tower and team up with Darabont with an eye for big budget cable TV.

I was always dubious about The Dark Tower being taken to TV, but after seeing Game of Thrones all worries have been wiped clean for me. In scope, epicness of the world and freedom to explore really fucked up territory Dark Tower wouldn’t need to be any bigger than Thrones.

It would be a safe assumption that Darabont might not be too eager to jump back into showrunner territory, but if he had the freedom to do right by Stephen King’s seminal work I doubt he’d be able to say no.

That’s my rant on this subject matter. What do you folks think? Am I totally right or sadly misguided?



-Eric Vespe
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  • July 29, 2011, 1:16 a.m. CST

    A thousand times yes.

    by loafroaster

    It boggled my mind that Ron Howard got so close to making it. Darabont has made pitch-perfect King before., is hot property right now, and is in love with the source material. So naturally, they'll probably give it to Rob Zombie next.

  • July 29, 2011, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Hell Yes

    by Rev. Artemis Prime

    Get on that will ya Frank? We're tired of waiting already!

  • July 29, 2011, 1:19 a.m. CST



    This should happen.

  • July 29, 2011, 1:21 a.m. CST

    I'll be fine if The Dark Tower NEVER gets adapted

    by sonnyfern

    Let it stay in limbo so far as I'm concerned.

  • July 29, 2011, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Could not agree more!

    by PapaKin

  • July 29, 2011, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Ka is a wheel

    by Mechasheeva

    and there will be many more failed attempts to adapt this before Roland ever finds his Tower.

  • July 29, 2011, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Quint connects the dots...

    by ReelLifeLA

    ...that almost EVERYONE in this town was talking about today (I work on the backlot at one of the media entities referenced in this article...'nuff said). Since the unfortunate announcement of Darabont's departure from "Walking Dead" last week in SD (Quint, was literally right behind you at Comic Con while at the Avenger's display), and the news just prior of Universal putting the project down (not just into turnaround), a lot of talk is happening in this town (by a lot of powerful folks) about aligning the property, Darabont and HBO, the one place where this project can be realized effectively and with the quality the scope of the concept evidenced by "Game of Thrones" numbers. So yeah, folks, Quint isn't just postulating here. By the way, I for one welcome an editorial column (and just about any other contribution) from Quint....keep at it, cap'n.

  • July 29, 2011, 1:30 a.m. CST

    I give a resounding HELL YES

    by Fineus Fog

    That would be sweet - finally watched all of Thrones in the last few days (its yet to air here in NZ) and couldn't agree more. Also felt while watching it that this would've been a better medium (TV) to unleash Watchmen on the world

  • July 29, 2011, 1:31 a.m. CST

    The Beam has shown the way

    by Chase

    Not only is this a brilliant idea, but I'd join the fight to see that it happens.

  • July 29, 2011, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Totally right.

    by Laserbrain

  • July 29, 2011, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Revive the Twilight Zone column

    by F-18

    This should happen.

  • July 29, 2011, 1:37 a.m. CST


    by cagl1ostro

    We all know your sitting on a gold mine of projects everyone wants to see and or can't get out from under the grasp. Make them now (and well, as u do) or give them back to us.

  • July 29, 2011, 1:39 a.m. CST


    by Warren

    I still to this day think he is highly over-rated, that doesn't go to say that all of his work is garbage, just mostly. I don't think a few classics he wrote in the 70's and 80's should make him the the god of literature! You stack up his older works against his new its really shit! I think he should have taken the QT route, retire at sixty. Cause when you get older with the exception of Steven (JAWS) most people just lose that fire they had in the first place.

  • July 29, 2011, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Great collumn quint, good work

    by bohdi71

    And Darabont is awesome as is Game of Thrones, I never thougth that genre would work on tv....

  • July 29, 2011, 1:43 a.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    Hey man, want a beer?

  • July 29, 2011, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Do ye ken it?

    by Kobolos

    The Tower is closer. Ka like the wind.

  • July 29, 2011, 1:52 a.m. CST

    Great idea but...

    by Fing Fang Foom

    HBO has Game of Thrones right now on its plate. They already have a big budget fantasy series. I can't see them greenlighting both but that would be great. Perhaps in a few years.... I say start the pre-production meetings, get it ready to go. Cool new column Quint.

  • July 29, 2011, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Considering how good Darabont is

    by D o o d

    I'm surprised at how the studios treat him. I guess he doesn't kiss anyones ass like some of the other directors do...!

  • ... "This Should Happen" seems a a tad direct!

  • July 29, 2011, 2:19 a.m. CST

    HBO won't commit to another fantasy show

    by Titus05

    with Game of Thrones and True Blood there is no way a 3rd supernatural/sci-fi/fantasy show will be greenlit...they don't want to be pigeonholed into becoming known as a fantasy genre network...HBO likes to have diverse original series...maybe Starz or Showtime would be a better landing spot for Dark Tower but I doubt they have the budget that HBO does

  • July 29, 2011, 2:20 a.m. CST


    by aint_it_cruel?

    ...that happened

  • July 29, 2011, 2:46 a.m. CST

    How about SyFy instead

    by darth_hideous

    And Brett Ratner can direct it!

  • You mean to say a FOURTH supernatural/sci-fi/fantasy show, since they've signed on for six seasons of American Gods.

  • July 29, 2011, 3:12 a.m. CST

    This works.

    by fuzzy_dunlop

    Convient timing, perfect situation. Needs to happen. Quint, with all these columns and travel, any time for family? I'll buy you a beer next time I see you!

  • July 29, 2011, 3:12 a.m. CST

    This is a wonderful idea for a column. In the right hands.

    by Xen11

    Have you met my friend, Sarah Connor?

  • ...the reason is money. Quint, you said it yourself - Game Of Thrones is a big budget series and Dark Tower would also require a large chunk of coin. HBO is notoriously bad at keeping costly shows in production regardless of how well the are received. Remember Rome? Gone after two seasons. Deadwood? Shot down after three seasons. Game Of Thrones has had only one year so far. I don't think for one second that we will see the conclusion of its story on HBO. Its cast is too big, its production values too high. It would have to be the number one highest rated show on the planet to keep this up. I love Game Of Thrones but let's face it - It ain't gonna happen. Perhaps when HBO finally does cancel Game Of Thrones in a couple of years we might get the start of a Dark Tower series from them but don't count on Darabont being show runner. Frank couldn't handle doing a low budget zombie series let alone doing something with the scope and potential cost that Dark Tower would bring. Should it happen? Yes. Will it happen? Not a chance.

  • July 29, 2011, 3:23 a.m. CST

    So is Frank Darabont Stephen King's bitch?

    by Green

    His only successful feature films (at least on a financial level) have been King adaptations. His last -- THE MIST -- could have been a lot better if he'd stayed at Paramount (they booted the project because he refused to change his ending -- the one glaring departure from the SK novella). The guy's got talent, but does he only want to be known as the guy who does Stephen King stuff? He did very well with the TV adaptation of the Walking Dead. My guess is, as much as he loves the DARK TOWER series, he'd do better by expanding his repertoire beyond King.

  • July 29, 2011, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Game of Thrones?

    by Warren

    I heard the author made HBO sign a contract to keep the show going on until the story is finished. Hence the reason why deadwood and rome didn't make it past three to two seasons. Thats just what I heard, but hey they kept OZ and THE SOPRANOS. GAME OF THRONES is just as popular as TRUE BLOOD, they are both the networks highest rated show. I see a future for GOT, just hope I'm not wrong!

  • July 29, 2011, 4:03 a.m. CST

    titus05 maybe, except for one thing

    by DOGSOUP

    HBO loves money. Both True Blood and Game of Thrones bring them truckloads. Dark Tower would bring them truckloads. You're telling me a media entity would turn down a convoy of truckloads of money just to avoid being pidgeonholed? I love HBO but they aren't Alan Moore.

  • July 29, 2011, 4:07 a.m. CST

    Demon rape, abortion with a pistol AND ultra violence?

    by dalcross

    Maybe semantics but I'd include both of those as ultra violence. Seemed jarring to me to list 2 horrificly violent crimes against women and then list ultra violence as a delegate category. # insert attack the block or kevin smith reference here#

  • Oh and let Frank make the duck tower thing.

  • Does Brian Grazer/Ron Howard's "Imagine Entertainment" production company own the rights to Dark Tower or does Universal? Cause if Universal owns the rights they 100% won't let Warner Bros(HBO) have them. Universal has franchise envy when it comes to Warner. Warner just got thru with Harry Potter and has Batman, Superman and many more. Universal has the fast and furious, thats it. Next year Universal has a shit load of gambles on their slate. That how desperate they are. BattleShip is a $250 million behemoth and Pacific Rim is 200 million or more. They want a franchise BADLY. They are shitting their pants which is why Mountains of Madness and this were canceled. To much risk based on a risky 2 years. they won't let this property go. But Darabont has such a hard on for Dark Tower he referenced it in The Mist. You can bet he'd drop whatever he's doing just to get the chance. He's got some clout after Walking Dead success so who knows. What I do know is Amy Pascal didn't hire Ron Howard for a gig(can't remember if that's why he's not doing latest Dan Brown "Tom Hanks/Robert Langdon" sequel) because she wanted someone "cooler" and "more Hip" This is all over Hollywood and recently referenced in a Nikki Finke article on deadline.

  • July 29, 2011, 5:03 a.m. CST

    I disagree

    by slatefish

    If HBO can commit wholeheartedly to another season of Treme (an awesome show that many people just can't get) and with a huge budget, I think they would give anything that has real talent involved a go. Don't underestimate HBO's willingness to try to put anything on the air, regardless of genre. As long as it is reeks of quality and talent, it's not beyond their realm. I have to salute them.

  • July 29, 2011, 5:22 a.m. CST

    I'm up for it

    by Denty420

    I've been reading King's books since the age of 11 when I read Carrie, and I'm 42 now. For some reason, though, the Dark Tower books never interested me. It was actually the article about Howard that Quint wrote that inspired me to pick up the series. I'm presently working my way through Book IV: Wizards and glass (boy, does Susan Delgado sound delicious?) and have been exchanging tweets with Quint on what I think so far. Given a choice, with what I've read up to now, I'd love to see Darabont take this on. Although I respect Howard as a filmmaker, I think Darabont would be more suitable, given his love of King's work and the great job he's done with at least two adaptations. I'm still having problems seeing Javier Bardem as Roland - I was thinking someone more like Jackman or Josh Brolin, but I'm sure if Darabont were in charge, he'd surprise the smeg out of us all and cast it perfectly from left field.

  • July 29, 2011, 5:33 a.m. CST


    by Son of the Suns

    Lord of the rings should have been done this way too. I'm re-reading it again now and still can't believe how different the tone is due to how hacked apart the books were (for time).

  • This should happen. But won't. Ever.

  • It's really not that hard.

  • July 29, 2011, 5:56 a.m. CST

    i wonder...

    by brightgeist

    Quint, did you hear the talk all over the town that someone mentioned here, and quickly write up this column so that when the official word comes out, you'll look really cool and everyone's gonna say "whoa, Quint's column made this happen"? ;) just teasin, bro :) i think you're absolutely right, THIS SHOULD SO HAPPEN!

  • July 29, 2011, 5:59 a.m. CST

    indifferent on the dark tower stuff but i really like the column idea

    by tbransonlives

    Not to fellate him or anything but Quint is doing some damn fine work around here

  • July 29, 2011, 6 a.m. CST


    by brightgeist

    as far as i know, the option for the rights to the material has expired and the rights are still with Stephen King.

  • July 29, 2011, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Game of Thrones is the Best Fucking Thing of 2011

    by CuervoJones

    Better than any movie of this year.

  • July 29, 2011, 6:17 a.m. CST


    by GM1976

    If this has to happen then I believe you hit the nail on the head Quint. Who do I have to call to make this happen :)

  • July 29, 2011, 6:31 a.m. CST

    this site must really be hard up for content

    by Rupee88

    you don't even know that Darabont likes the book....the whole concept of this column is just pointless. Fanboy fantasies with no reality to them.

  • July 29, 2011, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Thought that was Ben Kingsley in that photo at first

    by Dharma4


  • July 29, 2011, 6:38 a.m. CST

    If Martin did get HBO to sign such a contract...

    by AndoSoundsLikeAMong

    RE: binding them to screen Game of Thrones until the story is finished, someone shoud have told HBO that Martin himself has signed no such contract, RE : writing until the series is actually finished in the first place. Getting the final two books out of him could easily take 10+ more years, and that's if he manages to cram all the toys back into the box of just two volumes. Dark Tower might have been a safer bet to pick up in the first place, because it is at least finished!

  • July 29, 2011, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Agreed, but I have a better idea.

    by blackwood

    I was a bit relieved that Howard's DARK TOWER crumbled, although I did think Bardem was inspired casting. It seemed like a project with more ambition than sense, and that idea of splitting up the series between network television and the big screen seems like a great way to inspire the worst of both worlds, not the best. Yes to Darabont -- who has show he is the exactly the right person to adapt King's material. Whether or not he wants the gig, he's good at it. Mick Garris is not. I don't want to live in a world where Mick Garris gets to do DARK TOWER, and that's my biggest fear. Yes to cable -- although I think HBO might be stretched a bit thin. Starz? With SPARTACUS being the secret best show on television and their Torchwood being awesome, plus they did the DEAD SPACE anime, which was fantastic -- I heart Starz. So yes, if it can come together this way, I'd be down, for sure. But I also think everyone involved in this project -- or circling it, or being rumored at it -- needs to take a step back and reconsider. There's a different way of going about it. Yes, I'm talking about animation. Why the fuck isn't anyone thinking of animation? Live action is expensive and overrated. Base the look off Jae Lee's gorgeous -- GORGEOUS -- line work and you have something dark, beautiful, authentic, comparatively inexpensive, able to keep the integrity of the characters separate from the burden any actor who might portray them -- HBO had a hit with Spawn back in the day, and aside from Keith David it was pretty mediocre. Starz has shown skill in producing quality animation for adults -- at least once, but once is a good start. I just don't know why anyone involved is cleaving to the idea that this HAS TO be live action. It doesn't, and you would get a far better realization of the source material if you went for a medium that has no limits whatsoever. We need some huge project in North America to show that animation is a sophisticated storytelling tool -- this would be perfect. Get the guy who did TEKKONKINKREET to direct it. Think different. Make progress. Profit. Just... fucking do it.

  • July 29, 2011, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Totally Correct

    by maestrocity

    Quint, perfect idea for a column, and as for the first subject, you hit the nail right on the head. It was the first thought that popped into my head. I think darabont's problem with Walking Dead was that he was TOO involved. Now, I know that sounds like that could never be a bad thing, but I think him writing the majority of the directing.... it was just too much for him. I say keep Robin Furth involved, even King said she knew more about the Dark Tower Universe than him, and with those two teamed up, with darabont in more of a Lucasian position, I think this show would be more successful than internet porn. For those who say that HBO won't do it because they don't wanna be pigeon-holed.....bullshit. They wanna get subscribers, and if genre television is doing it, then they will make more high quality genre television. Money motivates, and that's how HBO makes money.

  • July 29, 2011, 6:57 a.m. CST

    Um.....HELL yes

    by NubtheSquirrel

    Darabont taking on the Dark Tower would be incredible. If he is able to get Thomas Jane to be Roland that would be bad ass. He should combine forces with not just Ron Howard, but also J.J. Abrams, and the Lost crew because I know they were optioning the series for a time as well. That trifecta of awesome is exactly what this would need to be truly special. Here is hoping that Darabont is able to rock it out for us.

  • July 29, 2011, 7 a.m. CST

    Have no idea 'bout "Dark Tower" but YES!!! because..

    by Minstrel

    ... Darabont + King = AWESOMENESS! The Shawshank Redemption, the Green Mile and the Mist are among the best films I've ever enjoyed! "Game of Thrones" is definitely one of the most ambitious and engaging series I've watched recently! So, yes, Quint's definitely right with his "rant"! I hope some folks with influence read this column and go for it! Only "downside": Even if they started RIGHT NOW the whole thing would still be one or two years off before we could enjoy it ;) Still, GO GO GO for it! Greetz from Vienna, Prab

  • July 29, 2011, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Long days and pleasant nights!!

    by BookhouseBoy

    Darabont would be perfect for this even though he's terrified of messing it up.

  • July 29, 2011, 7:09 a.m. CST

    100 percent agree

    by Indiana-Joe

    But it seems from reading the other responses that there are a lot of variables that could throw a wrench into this ever happening. But all of them seem to have easy solutions. Does it have to be Darabont as the show runner? No, but it would be great. Does it have to be HBO? Nope, plenty of other places for it to land but HBO would probably be the best. Would HBO greenlight it with the other fantasy series on the schedule? Hell yes. A block of two shows that run for the same number of episodes would be a smart business decision. After those two shows end they would put something else on for 13 weeks and then run the other two fantasy shows in another block. So a Darabont ran Dark Tower series on HBO would be great. But any Dark Tower series on any of the pay networks without Darabont would be a thousand times better than not having it done at all. Ron Howard's plan was just ridiculous.

  • July 29, 2011, 7:25 a.m. CST

    no, THIS should happen

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    Darabont cites a moment of madness as the reason for leaving The Walking Dead and promptly returns to work.

  • July 29, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST

    No, not at all. What actually should happen is


    an adaptation of DUNE spread over two eight-hour seasons. Fuck the Dark Tower. After the second book it's shit.

  • July 29, 2011, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Good column. Keep it going.

    by biscuithead

  • July 29, 2011, 8:10 a.m. CST

    "Eric Vespe"?

    by barry convex

    Isn't that how it started with Drew "Moriarty" McWeeny ultimately leaving AICN? Coming out from behind the moniker?

  • July 29, 2011, 8:23 a.m. CST

    A great idea for all reasons.

    by PreciousRoy

    Timing: perfect timing. Quality of the work: Darabont would have King's back. (And if I recall their deal correctly, Darabont would only owe King about $12 for the rights.) Production: Howard would have no trouble keeping any channel that wanted the property (hint: bidding war) from interfering with the integrity of the work. Cast: a lot of on-the-fence casting hopes would be on board for a chance to work for years on a series for Darabont. Suddenly, I'm not so sad about Darabont leaving The Walking Dead.

  • July 29, 2011, 8:24 a.m. CST

    nice column though Quint.


  • July 29, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST


    by blackwood

    No love for THE WASTE LANDS? It's up there with my favourite King books... ever. I definitely count it as the best of the series.

  • July 29, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST

    blackwood, hell YES to an animated Dark Tower

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Plus, it'd make it easy to keep Jake at age twelve without having to worry about a young actor aging out of the role too fast (the Lost effect, as it were). Nancy Cartwright has been voiced Bart Simpson for the past 20+ years, and her voice hasn't changed one iota in all that time. And the budget for such a project would be a LOT cheaper in the long run and more able to realize some of King's nuttier concepts.

  • July 29, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Dark tower is...

    by Dead_Geek

    ...dead. Live with it.

  • July 29, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Wouldn't want Darabount on Dark Tower

    by Hipshot

    His depiction of black people is iffy at best (I will never forgive him for what he did with Coffey in The Green Mile) and Suzanna Dean is the most problematic black character King ever created--and that's saying something. King's genius makes her just barely work in the Dark Tower books, but seeing how tone deaf Darabount was with Coffey (specifically? In the book, the Hanks character didn't know for certain that Coffey was innocent, but still tried to get him clemency. In the movie, due to a psychic vision Hanks KNEW Coffey was innocent, and did NOTHING to try to save him. Don't tell me they didn't have time--there were 8 minutes of stupid mouse tricks. Coffey, the only black character in the entire film, was a non-person, a symbol, with no inwardness, existing only to aid Hanks in his spiritual journey--the very noxious definition of a Negro Spiritual Guide). All he had to do was have Hanks pick up the phone, try to get the Governor's office and fail...and I would have been satisfied. He didn't. He didn't care, neither did Darabount, and neither did most of the audience. That was just horrifying. An innocent man died for your viewing pleasure, and no one gave a shit. Darabount can kiss my ass.

  • July 29, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    so....this is not news

    by Jubba

    i dunno, i like dark tower, but i'd rather hear actual news than people saying what they're currently wishing for

  • July 29, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Cheers, nasty.

    by blackwood

    So that's two votes! Isn't that the internet equivalent of consensus? KA LIKE A MUTHERFUKKIN WIND!

  • July 29, 2011, 8:49 a.m. CST

    cool idea for a column

    by Horgy

    Although, I can see it easily becoming "Quint's dream casting column" or"why Guillermo del Toro or Terry Gilliam or Alfonso Cuaron should direct everything, because The Snorks needs to be dark and twisted."<p> I could see some interesting and creative ideas coming out of a "Saturday morning Quarterback" column, where "what should HAVE happened" is discussed. People can talk about "who should have played who" or "how I would have done The Prequels" or "how they could have fit The Scouring of the Shire in"<p> (And I know it's. "Monday morrning quarterback," but movies come out on Fridays, so...)

  • July 29, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Quint you're forgetting a few important things.

    by Motherfucker Jones

    1. Stephen King has said he always pictured this on the big screen, he feels it deserves that treatment, and so do I. His inspiration came from a 20 ft tall Clint Eastwood on the big screen. 2. Darabont quit Walking Dead because he couldn't get used to the fast pace of a TV show. 3. Stephen King already told Darabont he has spent too much time adapting his stories, and Ron Howard already has the job. Our best bet is Darabont directs the second or third movie.

  • July 29, 2011, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Sounds like a plan.

    by frank

    Let’s do it. The Waste Lands was awesome.

  • July 29, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Love this idea.

    by Chris Edwards

    Love King, love Darabont. Finishing the Dark Tower series for the first time now. This needs to happen..

  • July 29, 2011, 9:30 a.m. CST

    The moral of The Dark Tower is:


    Cocaine is bad for writing.

  • July 29, 2011, 9:43 a.m. CST

    I'll take 'This Should Happen' over 'What We Deserve'

    by Kamaji

    We deserve a proper Indiana Jones sequel!

  • July 29, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Howard is passionate about DT?

    by Lucky13

    Given the fact his name is attached to about 2,334 projects right now... it seems he's much more in 'throw shit against the wall and see if it sticks' mode then anything else. Also --- more features from Quint is always a good thing.

  • July 29, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    better showrunner then Darabont would be...

    by Titus05

    Damen Lindelof and Carlton Cuse...they have gone on record numerous times stating that the Dark Tower series has been their biggest influence not only in terms of LOST but in terms of being writers...they have incorporated many of the themes and elements of that series into the show in subtle and not-so-subtle ways (Man in Black!) they are huge fans of the source material and would do the series justice...Lindelof/Cuse also have experience with doing a big concept network show on a TV budget...they are the best choice period.

  • July 29, 2011, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Thank you Quint!

    by flax

    This is what I love to see – support being drummed up for things that truly should happen! Frank Darabont has already written and directed three Stephen King adaptations, and the have progressively increased in scope, fantastical elements and relevance to King's wider universe. The Dark Tower is the logical next step. I got goosebumps watching The Mist and thinking about how amazing it would be if this guy took on the Tower – my mortal mind melted when that crazy Christan fundamentalist woman started quoting Randall Flagg's servants, 'My life for you!'. I'm sure Darabont would rewrite all the stupid shit that happens in the last three Dark Tower books – he changes loads of things in Shawshank Redemption, Green Mile and The Mist, combining characters, creating new one, coming up with new scenarios and vastly improved endings. He's a powerhouse which never fails to make King's books even better, and this could be his Lord of the Rings. He's even got the cast down already – Jake Chambers is the hardest character in the series to cast, but I ask you to look no further than The Mist's very own Nathan Gamble. Make it happen. Darabont would nail this series. I haven't seen Game of Thrones, so I'm going to take your word for it that it's as expansive and spectacular as Mid-World needs to be. Make it happen.

  • July 29, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Deserve's got nothin' to do with it, kamaji .


    We already had three great to pretty good INDIANA JONES flicks before CRYSTAL SKULL came along. Fuck 'deserve.'

  • July 29, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    No comment on the matter at hand, but I like the new column.

    by Yelsaeb

    Keep it up, "Eric".

  • July 29, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    by PreciousRoy

    @hipshot, I disagree with your assessment of Coffey... I think it was in keeping with the character and in keeping with the time of the story. African-American men did not speak in the presence of Caucasians as equals, or like Dolemite (more's the pity), and this particular character has a child-like mind as well... but I respect your right to your own opinion on the subject. As to changes in Edgecombe, well... I hate that Cho Chang betrays Dumbledore's Army, but I don't hate Yates (or Kloves) for it.... it's just something they did so that not-so-bright audiences would have a better time with it and not leave the theater as frustrated as the novel's character was. @motherfuckerjones, Is that conjecture or did you read a quote from Darabont or one of the folks from AMC? I doubt Darabont quit because of the show's pace; I'd wager money it's because the network's greed kept forcing them to push him to do things that interfered with the work he was trying to do. I'm not sure how his movies in the past have gone, but Darabont strikes me as a 'deals-a-deal' contract delivery director/showrunner, not a man who goes ridiculously over budget or behind schedule.

  • July 29, 2011, 11:16 a.m. CST

    won't happen & here's why...

    by Jay Bee

    While the fat boys in Austin sit smugly in their old theater and wax nostalgic while getting scooped by their rival sites...we in the "biz" work to pay the rent and suffer the egos and foul treatment of the "saviors" you guys elevate without knowing the real deal holyfield. Season 1 Walking Dead writers were not fired. They walked. Frank Darabont was/is an egomaniacal dick of Michael Bay proportions. I mean it was tragic how fucked he was as a show runner. he could not handle the load and he took it out on everyone around him. People won't work for a guy like that. His reputation is really damaged right now. He could have been a nice guy once back in the day, but today...he is Michael Vick holding a leash. Rancid poison. If Universal or whoever wants to produce Dark Tower, they better find someone people will want to work with.

  • July 29, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST


    by PreciousRoy

    @hipshot, I disagree with your assessment of Coffey... I think it was in keeping with the character and in keeping with the time of the story. African-American men did not speak in the presence of Caucasians as equals, or like Dolemite (more's the pity), and this particular character has a child-like mind as well... but I respect your right to your own opinion on the subject. I also wonder what about Red or Brent Norton offended you, and I ask that sincerely: is there a subtext I am missing? Should I be offended? As to changes in Edgecombe, well... I hate that Cho Chang betrays Dumbledore's Army, but I don't hate Yates (or Kloves) for it.... it's just something they did so that not-so-bright audiences would have a better time with it and not leave the theater as frustrated as the novel's character was. (It surely would have made the tension of watching the execution unbearable.) @motherfuckerjones, Is that conjecture or did you read a quote from Darabont or one of the folks from AMC? I doubt Darabont quit because of the show's pace; I'd wager money it's because the network's need for market presence kept forcing them to push him to do things that interfered with the work Darabont was hired to do. I'm not sure how his movies in the past have gone, but Darabont strikes me as a 'deals-a-deal' contract delivery director/showrunner, not a man who goes ridiculously over budget or behind schedule.

  • July 29, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Great idea but...

    by Darth Macchio

    ...I think the source material is way more obscure and/or weird than anything HBO has done with one exception.... John from Cincinnati. Which didn't come close to being greenlit a 2nd season. Fantasy is big right now: LotR wasn't all that long ago and each film has made well over a billion dollars by this point. Twilight and Harry Potter, while set in modern alternate worlds, also made amazing amounts of money in the fantasy genre. Cop/mafia shows always seem to find an audience sooner or later (though I'm so thoroughly played out with both genres that I can't even watch Boardwalk Empire which I hear is great). [slight spoiler warning] But where does Roland and his world fit in? It has parts in various times of our world, times past and present in his. And some very eccentric steps between and beyond those above. I never got past Wizard and Glass (the mean talking train just blew it for me right at the start). but the first three books are excellent and I'd love to see them in the theater or on HBO as described above. I just don't think it would sell as something people beyond the world of King fans and film-greeks would actually want to see. Not for the budget they'd have to have for production. I'd be happy to be wrong on that, of course.

  • July 29, 2011, 11:28 a.m. CST

    yes, Yes YEs, YES, YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Pitofbenders

    Shitty that Frank is no longer attached to Walking Dead though...

  • July 29, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST


    by mrm1138

    Lindelof and Cuse were actually set to adapt it for J.J. Abrams at one point. They ended up quitting the project for two reasons 1) they didn't feel like spending multiple consecutive years on another huge project after having just finished Lost, and 2) they didn't feel like they could crack the adaptation. (Lindelof stated in an interview that he was afraid of screwing them up.)

  • July 29, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Hell no

    by 420 Boylston St

    Frank Darabont is becoming the Joss Whedon of fandom. To be honest, Darabont is not that good of a filmmaker-I find his material drawl and quite boring. I liked the Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption but those were the only films that were decent. There was a huge big deal about his Indiana Jones script and it was bland. He ran The Walking Dead, and I thought the six episodes dragged. It's an overrated series that hasn't done or won anything. I would rather JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof take the Dark tower series. These guys understand comic books and they understand the process of television, something clearly Darabont lacks.

  • July 29, 2011, noon CST


    by captainalphabet

    Darabont himself should show up in season 6. Let's hope this column finds the right eyes...

  • July 29, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    I can't imagine how people would react...

    by Lucasblows that shit ending after seven years of watching.

  • July 29, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    When are they going to make a movie based on the Dark Tower board game?


  • July 29, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST


    by GoldenThrasher

    I repeat: HELL FUCK YEAH

  • July 29, 2011, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Quint should bring back AMAD or AMAW...

    by Ace of Wands promised. This should happen; but I'm guessing that it won't.

  • July 29, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    This Should Happen

    by JAGUART

    and it's sister column 'This Shouldn't Have Happened'

  • July 29, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Like Mick Garris, Darabont seems only to exist in order to do Stephen King adaptations..

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    Hasn't he got any ideas of his own?

  • July 29, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Quint, you are the heart and soul of Ain't It Cool.

    by sweeneydave

    I browse this site regularly, but I look forward to each of your posts, because you always have something to say that's worthwhile. Keep up the amazing work.

  • July 29, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    you need to rant more

    by crazybubba

    you're the saving grace of this website, i hope this editorial continues and isn't just a tease.

  • but unless it becomes a pattern I won't hate Darabont for it.

  • July 29, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    What should Happen: Reporting on AICN instead of personal opinion.

    by cookylamoo

  • July 29, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    It wasn't the character of Coffey. He was the same in the King novel. It was the fact that Hanks, our viewpoint character, did nothing to try to save him. That was Darabount's doing. "The Mist"--two black characters. Both die. "Shawshank"--actually a very good black character, but he is old, and from my POV, old black men are treated like "Uncle Red" and allowed to live as long as they aren't sexual competition. But..."Walking Dead." Black man with a son. I liked that, and the last we saw of him he was alive. I gave him points for that. But "Green Mile" was so egregious that I will not extend trust to Darabount when it comes to Suzanna. My wife cringes when she hears the dialogue coming out of O'detta's mouth. It is such a pickaninny parody that only the extreme skill of Steven King, and his very deep humanity--despite the fact that he obviously knows very few black people, and they are aliens to him--keeps that character from becoming one of the most offensive in literary history. Amputee sex object to the white boy who talks like a gutter slut. I'm thrilled. Darabount simply has never demonstrated the sensitivity to deal with something that volatile, that potentially insulting. If he did, successfully...I'd be thrilled and impressed. Maybe his lack of empathy only extends to young black males. Its possible. But I am genuinely against him handling the material, for the reasons I've stated. I don't genuinely hate him, or wish him harm, but I think he has unexamined racial attitudes, and that makes him the wrong man for the job.

  • July 29, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Yes, this would certainly be ideal

    by Kammich

    HBO seems to be on a roll with this type of material, and Darabont obviously has a pretty stellar track record with King's work. Premium cable seems to be the only way to keep the books intact in scope, tone, violence and overall ambition(besides animation, as others have mentioned). Its just such a fucking monumentally DAUNTING task. I don't even think you'd need 6 and a half seasons, as Quint suggested... Gunslinger/Drawing can be crammed into one full season, as can Calla/Song. But you're still looking at a good 5 or 6 years of nearly non-stop production, and thats a gruelling proposal to cast and crewmembers that would likely be getting paid below market value to keep the ship running. And thats not even mentioning some of the logistical problems, like Jake's age, and the potential of bringing the series to a screeching halt by having an entire season in the middle of the run being a prequel("Wizard and Glass"). Should this happen? Yes. Do I want to see Frank Darabont deliver a sweeping adaptation with Javier Bardem as Roland, Jack Huston as Eddie, Taraji Henson as Susannah, cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki, and a score from Nick Cave? Dear fucking god, YES. Will this happen? Probably not, sadly.

  • July 29, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST


    by Kammich

    I just re-ordered HBO after not having it for about a 6 months. 90% of my reasoning for this was to watch "Game of Thrones." Yet my provider(verizon fios) has 0 episodes On Demand, and is only scheduled to play 2 episodes(from the middle of the season) in the next 3 weeks. What the fucking fuck? Bastards!

  • July 29, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST

    used to love Darabont but

    by motorcycleboy83

    all he seems to do now is complain and get into fights with studios and producers. he made 2 really really great movies. but his ego looks to be out control.walking dead isnt that good to throw hissy fits over.

  • July 29, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    @Hipshot --- RE: Odetta

    by Lucky13

    I agree with your point of her dialogue being pretty damn offensive, if only in the fact that it's so grating and insulting to the reader's intelligence. I hated reading thru a lot her scenes cause it was just so horribly written... the term 'douche chills' comes to mind. I've gotta believe that the character will face SEVERE re-writing, which would be for the better. So much of King's dialogue is horribly cliched and stereotyped, and it should almost always be re-written to work for the screen... it's not just Odetta, though she's obviously the poster-child for it.

  • July 29, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Darabont vs King

    by GBH

    King said a while back he did not think Darabont could handle the aggravation and said to give it to someone more capable, but I have to agree here with Quint. Darabont can handle this and do the story justice and HBO has been my idea of who should get this for some time now. I just don't trust this with Opey.

  • July 29, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    You know what really grinds my gears??

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    AMC, Fuck you! Also, ever since watching Frank's The Mist, I thought he would be the man to pull of The Dark Tower.

  • July 29, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    You know, I would agree that King's dialogue is cliche'd. But as long as he's staying within a milieu he understands, like New England and middle-class white people, he seems pretty strong. When he tries to write "black", well...I've met King, and have had relaxed conversations with him, and like him a great deal. But man, is he ever white. Black folks are just outside his comfort zone, and they are clearly "outsiders"--Coffey, O'Detta, the old lady in The Stand, Scatman Carruthers in The Shining...I mean, about 90% of his black characters are "magical negros" of one kind or another, while about 95% of his white characters are just...people. It puts him at a real disadvantage that he doesn't really see, and it doesn't bother his audience. Yes, they'd need to re-write Suzanna, and I just wouldn't trust Darabount to do it. I am totally aware I might be wrong, and if he gets the job I HOPE I'm wrong, but there it is.

  • July 29, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Detta’s dialogue is supposed to be cliched.

    by frank

    She is meant to be the stereotypical version of a poor, uneducated black woman as imagined by Odetta, a wealthy, educated black woman. This is clearly explained in the book. Roland asks Eddie if people often talk like Detta does, and Eddie replies that no, she seems much more like a parody of a poor black person than an actual black person. As long as Darabont didn’t lose that concept, there would be no reason for the character to be offensive to anyone. Watering-down of the character for an HBO series would be unwarranted, imo.

  • July 29, 2011, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Quint: With the way the series ended...

    by Jason B. Swaim

    in my opinion I just don't see this ever coming to light. I would much rather see The Long Walk written / directed by Darabont than this.

  • July 29, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    This NEEDS to happen

    by LouisCedar

    If The Dark Tower series is ever adapted to any sort of live action medium, then this is the way it needs to happen. Plain and simple. I was terrified of what we'd get from Ron Howard's version, not because it would've been bad, but because it would've been severely limited. But Darabont, running an HBO original series version of Dark Tower would be fully realized.

  • July 29, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Re: I'm betting OkieComputer is 100% correct...

    by SK229

    I like Darabont... sometimes. But then there's something about him at times that strikes me as massively insecure and with the right mix of hubris, money, and power, he'd go off the rails ala Friedkin or someone from the 70's, where it seems every other director became a monster nobody wanted to work with and then had to come back down to earth. Just a few interviews here and there, most notably his time on Dinner for Five. Then again, everyone on there tends to come off as a total douche when they're smoking the cigars or when it becomes a cock-measuring contest.

  • July 29, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Can I pre-order the Blu-ray box set today?

    by Starkiller1

    I have been hoping for this exact team up of material, talent, and network for years. This is a great idea for a column, Quint, and the ideal topic to kick it off. When I finally bought a huge HD TV, I was honestly thinking, "Will I watch Dark Tower every Sunday night on HBO on this beast?" No shit. If this becomes a reality, and is done well, it will make my decade, with no exaggeration. I've read all of Dark Tower and Walking Dead that have been released, and I must say that the Walking Dead show has disappointed me thus far. I am not giving up on it, not even close, but the source material is the best comic I've ever read, and only the pilot was a worthy translation to the screen. There were moments in the other five episodes which were pretty great, but as it started each week, instead of thinking "Holy shit, here we go" and clapping and getting pumped with my friends (like every time the Game of Thrones theme kicks in), I was thinking "Please don't suck, PLEASE don't suck". I blame this on the 6 episode season, and I think the show will find its groove in the longer season 2, even without Darabont. As for Frank, he clearly loves the material, and the Dark Tower painting that opens The Mist actually made my hands fall asleep when I saw it. I had a rush of blood to the head and just froze. I would like Drew Struzan to paint the poster of my life. Darabont wouldn't have to carry all the weight either. reach out to Lindelof, ask him to write a script or ten. He didn't want to fuck up the whole series, but I'm sure he'd take a crack at some of his favorite moments from the series. As for HBO, they are on a roll right now, and rolling the dice on fantasy is the primary factor for that. As someone said above, and as I've been telling my friends who don't currently have HBO, Game of Thrones is the best thing of 2011. I have not been as excited for a movie opening all year as I have been for Sunday night. How amazing would it be to have it air back to back with Dark Tower? For years? The only problem is Jake, and the challenge of an actor appearing pre-pubescent for 5-8 years of production. I suppose you cast young and shoot big blocks of his scenes up front. Or do the whole thing as an anime, which is fine by me.

  • July 29, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Totally right. But what should really happen on HBO...


    now that Hanks is adapting American a SANDMAN series. Possibly an animated SANDMAN series. It would make an awesome HBO show

  • July 29, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Get Ron Howard away from this....

    by Melanie Griffiths Sour Patch

    ...and Akiva Goldsman too. Akiva in one of the worst speeches I've ever heard given to a room full of wannabe screenwriters admitted he wasn't the best writer in his class. He was the one willing to wait the longest for success to knock on his door while others quit. That's why he was where he is today. You want that guy writing this series? Darabont would be a masterstroke of genius doing this a la Game Of Thrones. It's the right way to tell the series and if they can't handle the first book the right way and the ratings aren't there, HBO can walk away completely. Give Darabont the reins to take the first book to series the way he sees it and let's get this started. Ron Howard directing the scene in the Old West Saloon and the scene in the tunnel would be so fucking sad I don't think I could watch it. Darabont would crush the set pieces and make sure Roland was everything we imagined him to be. Ron Howard has never directed anything close to the Shawshank Redemption, despite the fact that Tom Hanks makes him look good. His movies are pablum. They're weak and flaccid. Darabont has balls and teeth. That's the way this series should be made. Not by some camp counselor parading as a director in Howard. This isn't a family film. Neither was Thrones. Tell it right and the fans will be buzzing. Pussy out and it will be an expensive flop. Show some balls Hollywood.

  • July 29, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Am I the only person here who finds Darabont over-rated..?

    by workshed

    He fucking killed The Walking Dead. That's 'killed' stone dead, not 'knocked it out of the park'. His movies are overly-sentimental gash too.

  • July 29, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by Kammich

    Fuck yes to an animated Sandman series. That would be so awesome. I think one of the greatest geek developments of the last 5 years or so is how much of a respected geek rock star Neil Gaiman has become. He's a borderline household name now. And the dude deserves it. He kicks ass.

  • July 29, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    holy SHIT

    by Kammich

    Nnamdi Asomugha is a Philadelphia Eagle. excuse me while I dance the fucking robot for the next 4+ hours. sorry.

  • July 29, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Hipshot --

    by Lucky13

    You're right -- and you can add the black dude from The Talisman to the 'magical negros' list. The only one to add to the 'normal' side would probably be "Mike" in IT. As a guy who grew up in Southern Maine, as well as reading Stephen King books... My one problem with him as been the fact I can thank him for the proliferation of the Mainer accent in Hollywood movies. Yech. It seems that everyone in Maine in his movies talk like "A-yuh" and "Ya can't get the-ah from he-ah". Although, I guess I have to admit... there are a certain sect of folks there who do actually come close to talking like that. I just don't like to admit it. And totally agree with Darabont probably not being the right guy to re-write the Odetta stuff. I just hope SOMEBODY translates that character into something that doesn't make me need to look away from the screen due to douche chills. Franks -- I know the character was meant to be that way. It just didn't work for me, and felt very forced and odd. I'm not a sensitive guy, it had nothing to do with not being PC... It was just too far out there and took me out of the story every time.

  • July 29, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    You say true, I say thankya

    by Fox Kent

    Yep, it should happen. Maybe with Darabont for the first season, and then let someone else take over, but man, it would sure be great if he stuck with it.

  • July 29, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    This definitely should happen

    by JorEl214

    my only concern is that it wouldn't last for 7 seasons so we wouldn't get to see it all the way through. but it would be awesome while it lasted. HBO also needs to get on the James Ellroy/Underworld USA bus.

  • July 29, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Almost every News Org has some Editorial or OpEd

    by Fox Kent

    When reporting on stories, yes, they should be reporting - ONLY. Not offering their opinions or slanting the presentation to lead the viewer to a conclusion. But Opinion pieces are a long-standing tradition of newspapers, radio stations and television news organizations. I often hear a radio station owner opining about the state of football, and without OpEd pieces, people like Keith Olbermann (not that I love him, just offering him as an example) would not have a job. Opinion pieces are meant to simply offer an idea up for discussion. This piece does that nicely by putting the idea out there, then laying foundation and framework for how it could work. It's a good piece. You apparently don't care for opinion pieces. That's ok. Just treat them like gay marriage. If you don't like them, don't get/read one.

  • July 29, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Oops - that last should have been addressed

    by Fox Kent

    to What should Happen: Reporting on AICN instead of personal opinion. by cookylamoo

  • July 29, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST


    by CharyouTree

    It's a Dark Tower thread so I am obliged to bleat all this again, Roland having the horn gives Darabont or whoever free reign over the story and can change all the problems people have with the final books. And now this is the final iteration of the story it means it's Rolands last time around the wheel o and he should be played by Daniel Day Lewis.

  • July 29, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    nice idea quint ..glad its now happening

    by tazzzer

    think it will provide us all with a space to dream. Cool idea!

  • Imagine how stressful The Dark Tower would be! Nice idea, but no chance in hell.

  • July 30, 2011, 3:13 a.m. CST

    TV is a better medium for these kinds of things.

    by Lee

    Game of Thrones just wouldn't have worked as a series of films. Too much would have been sacrificed in order to meet running-time expectations. With a series, the writers have a dozen hours or more to really tell the story properly. Then again, I'm strongly of the opinion that TV is far better than film at the moment, so take that as you will...

  • July 30, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST

    I really don't see the problem with Jake

    by flax

    Cast a really talented twelve-year-old actor for the first season. Allow him to grow into his late teens over the course of the series. By the end of the seventh season, he'd be what, seventeen or eighteen? He'll still be a kid, just a slightly older one, and he'll have 'grown up' and come of age with Roland as a father figure. If that's the price we have to pay to get a fantastic live-action Dark Tower series, you bet I'll gladly accept it! Maybe make him look a couple of years younger with make-up, just like the kids in Harry Potter. And if Darabont really does this, he better at least consider Nathan Gamble (the kid from The Mist) for the role. Possibly the most convincing and likeable actor of his age.

  • July 31, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST

    This is what I think

    by Jaka

    It needs to be a tv series on pay cable. People have been saying this forever. I'm not sure how GoT suddenly makes it a good idea. <p> Whoever produces and adapts it needs to keep Stephen King as involved as they possibly can. Dude has been pretty open about admitting there's some shit in there that isn't perfect, and he'd be the perfect guy for knowing exactly what can be tossed or changed without hurting the story three books later. Plus, some of what I've read from him recently makes it seem like he's pretty open to collaborating. <p> It would be great to have somebody who loves the books running the show, but I think its just as important that whoever that gets the gig is familiar with episodic television and would be willing to stick with the series for a decade. Now, it seems unlikely that one director would ever do that. So I hope at least that they can keep the same show runners and maybe work with a small stable of rotating directors. <p> If all of the above could happen I would love to see this done. Otherwise, I'm not so sure I care anymore. I mean, I'll check it out. And regardless of how it turns out I'll always have the books. But I've already got the books, and the audio books, and the comic books. *shrug* I'm just not stressed about seeing this on film anymore.

  • July 31, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    AICN just became my 10th grade blog

    by Erik Radvon

    "This Should Happen" ? For real? I guess I could column working if tied to some recent interview or development( you know, 'news', of the ain't it cool variety), but to just say "X director left a project, he should work on this other project that already has principles attached to it at a completely different studio, DIS SHOULD HAPPEN" is tenuous. It's not any less ridiculous than the call for blowjobs from Natalie Portman. Frank Darabont at the helm of DT would no doubt be great, but I don't think there are any facts that suggest that possibility is even on the table at this point. Adding to that, I don't think the Dark Tower would work at all as episodic TV. It would be grueling to sit through, tedious almost. The temptation to basically shoot the novels page by page would be overwhelming, and honestly I don't think that's what makes a good adaptation. The Dark Tower story should be made into films - gigantic dark fantasy epics. The dream team in my mind, while we're stating "this should happen", is comprised of Peter Jackson as Executive Producer and WETA overlord, Guillermo Del Toro directing, and Steve Kloves scripting. Tell me that wouldn't produce the best Dark Tower experience ever.

  • July 31, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    It's not dubious it has merit--

    by Weapon M

    I think that there should have been a cable tv show like Game of Thrones a long time ago. Although I am wishing there were more monsters though in this series.. I look forward to seeing that develop. There are some good opportunities with the Dark Tower!

  • July 31, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Green Mile, Shawshank & The Mist proves...

    by gabbygall

    ...that this is the only guy who should adapt King - I`d even go as far as saying Darabonts ending to The Mist was far better than the open-ending to the novella - I knew they would have to close it some way, but fuck, what a brutal rewrite - I could see Darabont fleshing out the Tower series without it descending into the almost nonsense of the final two tower books.

  • July 31, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST

    Boba Fett Should happen

    by the Green Gargantua

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Isn't this what the site became famous for doing a decade ago?

    by Knuckleface

    At one time the whole draw of this website was that the writers had insider knowledge of what was going on creatively in Hollywood and the site helped draw Hollywood's attention and its funding to the potentially exciting projects and scripts. Anyway, my point is, thank you Quint, for doing the job we hired you to do.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one that can't fucking stand Game of Thrones?

    by RK_Maroon

    For those of you not familiar with the series, let me sum up a typical episode: Talk, talk, talk, talk, politics, politics, politics, talk, subtitled talk, more politics, then, one minute before the end of the episode, some action and a cliffhanger. Supposedly this is "adult fantasy" but don't expect to see any SFX or fantastical creatures unless you're willing to slog through a full 10 episodes of droning, boring diplomacy. Feh.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 3:10 p.m. CST


    by BiggusDickus

    Why, yes! It appears you are!

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Supermax and Justice League:Mortal.

    by hallmitchell

    Should happen.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST


    by Rupee88

    Game of Thrones is certainly overrated but was entertaining. Good acting and great cinematography. The story is nothing special...but some compelling dialogue here and there and also some titties in every episode and sometimes more. So it's a good show but not a great one.

  • Aug. 1, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Keep this column going please, Quint

    by T 1000 xp professional

    great job, man! and i too hundredth that opinion that Darabont should take up the Dark Tower series. That'd be delicious

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 8:10 a.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    I get what you're saying. Look: the only reasonable definition of "PC" is to bow to either side of the political spectrum: 1) to the Left: deliberately add women or minorities or avoid negative characterizations, or 2) to the Right: deliberately AVOID dealing with minorities or women, or have egregiously negative, racist or sexist depictions. Most of America is somewhere in the middle, of course. I'd bet King knew no one of color when growing up. I've had a chance to hang out with him a bit, and he is a sweetheart, a good man, strange and brilliant dude I have nothing but respect for--but black people are strange to him. Yes, Mike in "It" comes the closest to a black character in all of his work I'd want my son to grow up to be...but I do note his passivity, lack of relationships, and the fact that everyone else went out and had a life. That's fine. That's what lack of familiarity does. Darabount is brilliant, but not on King's level as a storyteller. My suspicion is that he has the same lack of familiarity, and it leads him to simply not seeing blacks with the same level of humanity and "inwardness" he automatically gives whites. But I'd also guess that if any one brought it to his attention, he would immediately address it--in other words, there is no rancor there, no evil, just a blank spot in his head. We've all got those. If he did "Dark Tower" I'd be pulling for him, but I'd wish Suzanna was converted to a half-crazy white woman. I just think that the only way to make her work would be genius writing, genius acting, and a Tarantino-esque ability to turn racial animus into a kind of sick, funny, mind-twisting poetry (to this day, I don't know how he makes me laugh at a black man getting fucked in the ass by a hillbilly. I just don't know how he did it!). Oh well. Anyway, thank you for your honest discourse. It's appreciated.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST


    by 3774

    ...i wouldn't give him credit on the black character and his son in The Walking Dead. They are vital characters that hook back up with the Sheriff & Co. later, in the graphic novel. What i'm saying is, he had no choice but to let them live. For now. King can be a brilliant writer, but i just read Desperation. It was just awful. It read like a preachy, fictional pitch for Judeo-Christian belief. He didn't go and get born-again, did he?

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    I have no reason to think King became Born-Again, but he does work squarely within a Judeo-Christian context--it's in his bones. So the black characters are in the graphic novel? Hmmm. O.K, I'll take those points back. How about the white redneck terrorizing the poor minorities until the brave sheriff intervenes on the rooftop? I found that to be pure fantasy. If it was in the graphic novel, o.k.--otherwise, I'll assume that Darabount is pretty much what I thought, a typical human being who thinks the world revolves around those like him.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    This SHOULD Happen! Would be great. HBO+Talent=Awesome

    by SirGaryColeman

    I love Game of Thrones and HBO is doing a fine job of translating it so far I also love the Dark Tower and was so happy when Universal announced they had passed on it. somebody make this happen

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    WHAT THE F...?

    by mcgillj

    SIX HOURS for "The Gunslinger".. that's just OUTRAGEOUS.. the book itself is LESS than 200 pages.. and ALOT of the stuff going on is ACTION! They could dispense with Gunslinger in a TWO HOUR movie.. Drawing of the Three.. IF they did it RIGHT would be THREE parts though.. one for Roland.. one for Eddie's World.. and one for Susannah.. was Jake in the second book? I forget (its been a LONG time) so maybe FOUR parts.. so the FIRST two (written anyway) books could be done in a SIX hour season.. Although Wastelands is rather a DENSE volume.. and would require SIX episodes, easy, just by itself.. maybe even 8.. but Wizard and Glass, again, very action.. could be done in maybe 3 episodes (and shot back to back.. since its actually all NEW actors as its a backstory with a framing device with the regular characters). ALTHOUGH.. books 5,6 and 7 SHOULD be condensed as a SINGLE.. but it would be LONG season.. probably TEN hours for the three books.. maybe even 12.. lots of WAR (along time lines of ROTK). BUT.. I see problems of non fans NOT getting some of the characters.. and would they have to recast the Hopkins "Hearts in Atlantis" role? As his character shows up.. as does Father Callahan from "Salem's Lot" and of course Stephen King himself.. I'd say easily.. THREE seasons.. from 6-12 episodes EACH.. they could cover ALL seven books.. I LOVE Darabont.. he's done good work with King's more SERIOUS minded works.. and I enjoyed The Mist.. but.. and I know King probably wrote The Mist before The Fog.. but my mind just couldn't help but see the simiarities.. especially with the POS remake out right before. (eghhhhh). not sure WHO I'd put in charge as show runner.. but an ENTIRE season per book? that's a bit CRAZY... but yeah.. HBO would be the BEST bet for getting it done RIGHT.

  • Aug. 2, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Psycho 'handless' racist and his brother...

    by 3774

    ...completely made up.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Supermax is long fucking over due

    by liljuniorbrown


  • Aug. 3, 2011, 1:40 a.m. CST

    King writes what he calls "american mythology"

    by WickedJacob

    which he sees as being pretty much based in judeo-christian belief systems. So his writing really says nothing about his own religion. Not that I'm 12 hours too late or anything.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Just do "The Talisman"

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    it is better than Dark Tower and more adaptable.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    No, Dark Tower NEEDS to be an Anime series

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    It's the only way it'll retain its balls and ensure that nothing gets left out. Hell, most of King's works could be done as Anime 2 parters/movies. Imagine IT in anime? It'd fucking amazing.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Fuck no!

    by LapdogOfSatan

    Darabont delivered a great adaptation with Shawshank, and a great pilot for The Walking Dead, and THAT'S ALL. (Thank fucking jesus he and the writers are gone. Maybe it won't take 6 episodes to cover 3 comics' worth of story this season.) As for Opie's Dark Tower, I'm shocked an artist like Bardem even got involved. Perhaps he wisely stopped reading the books before the cringeworthy jivetalk and people throwing dinner plates at robots dressed as wolves show up.

  • Aug. 3, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST

    HBO + Josh Holloway + Wastelands + 1&2 in Flashbacks

    by tangcameo

    That's my "If I ran DT for HBO" choices. And no Ron Howard. And no feckin' way Mick "Dull every SK work down to a comic book" Garris, godscussit!

  • Aug. 4, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Fuck no to an anime Dark Tower

    by flax

    I'd rather no adaptation at all than a cartoon.

  • Aug. 4, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    I'll take any adaptation...

    by ClaireRedfield

    If he finds the Horn of Eld at the beginning of it. If that happens, I will watch every episode and buy the DVD's. Otherwise, fuck it. There's no point.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 1:59 p.m. CST

    You're on the money, Quint. Absolutely HBO!

    by Left_Hand_Path

    Love your new column.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Ive been screaming about this for years!

    by dahveed1972

    Im not a huge fan of the DT books. But it would be perfect on HBO. Let Darabont run/rewrite it as he sees fit, and im in. Get top talent to write/direct the later episodes. If 3 genre shows is too much, budget-wise, feel free to cancel True Blood. Holding my breath starting now.

  • Aug. 14, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    It's nice to see...

    by cocolopez

    this by Quint for the sole reason that it adds to the clamor and hopefully one day soon HBO will get King, Darabont, and Howard into a room together- but the clamor was already there- it's not a new sentiment- the majority of Dark Tower fans have wanted to see Darabont on this and HBO handling it for some time. I'm not even sure I'm a Dark Tower fan- it's a wildly uneven series- but I'd definitely watch it on HBO. Maybe if Daniel Knauf has learned a few lessons about showrunning by now he'd be a good option too- whatever- as long as it's on HBO. Unless it's animated there's no other channel that can do this justice- and it wouldn't work as films. The strength of the story is mostly due to its characters- who need the space of an HBO series to come to life adequately. And yeah- things should definitely be changed. So many dumbs things happen in these books that should be left on the cutting room floor. Mordred's a hongry, no place like home, Harry Potter golden snitches etc. And if it happens - please- don't include this "new Dark Tower Book that falls in between Wizards and Glass and Wolves of the Calla"- what a stupid fucking thing. King is beyond shot by now.