Ron Howard and Company to Make a Dark Tower Movie Trilogy, TV Show

What, just one movie based on Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower”? Childs play. A movie trilogy? Harder, but still doable if you’re Ron Howard and you have the resources (and cha-ching) of Universal at your disposal. Plus, Peter Jackson and the Wachowski, er, siblings already did it, so what’s the big deal?

Nope, what Howard and Universal really want to do is a “Dark Tower” movie trilogy, along with a “Dark Tower” TV series. Ambitious much?

Howard will officially direct the first movie for the studio, and helm the first season of the ongoing TV series. (Though I’m not sure if that means he’ll direct every single episode, or do the pilot and produce the rest.) No word yet on where the TV series will land, or how it will compliment the movies. What is known, though, is that Oscar winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind”) will be writing scripts for it.

The usually horror-themed King’s “The Dark Tower” series is his long-running foray into fantasy-adventure, and consists of seven novels in all (though King has announced an eighth novel called “The Wind Through the Keyhole” that has yet to come out.)

It follows the quest of a mythical gunfighter named Roland Deschain in a sort of Old West merged with magic sort of wasteland world. Roland is on a quest is to find the Dark Tower, a fabled building said to be the nexus of all universes. Along the way, Roland makes friends with people from our world, all the while chasing the Man in Black.