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King on the Dark Tower movies

Posted: September 10, 2010, 08:51:39

King talks about the upcoming Dark Tower movies:


Stephen King exclusive: Who should star in 'The Dark Tower'? 'The Twilight cast, of course!'
by Kristen Baldwin

With news that Stephen Kingís enormously popular book series The Dark Tower will be coming to a big and small screen near you, we here at EW.com could not stop ourselves from reaching out to the bestselling author (and EW columnist) via email to get a few more answers about the highly-anticipated project. Hereís what he had to say:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The Dark Tower is such a dense series ó did you always think it needed more than a single movie or TV show treatment?

STEPHEN KING: I always thought it would take more than a single movie, but I didnít see this solution coming ó i.e., several movies and TV series. It was Ron [Howard] and Akiva [Goldsman]Ďs idea. Once it was raised, I thought at once it was the solution.

What about Ron Howard and NBC makes them a good fit for the franchise?

When working as a director, Ron is very similar to the way I work as a writer. We both tell honest stories that have (I flatter myself) style and substance but not a lot of show-offy frills.

In a perfect world, who would play Roland? Eddie? Susannah? Jake?

The Twilight cast, of course! Just kidding. I havenít got as far as casting in my thoughts, but when I write about Susannah Dean, I always kind of see Angela Bassett in my mindís eye. Mostly I just want good people in those parts. Ron Howard will find them, Iím sure.

And who would you want to play?

Iíd love to be the voice of Blaine the Mono.

Thereís a lot of blood in the series ó how much is the TV series going to be censored? It likely would have been easier to join forces with a network without restrictions, ŗ la HBO, no?

I donít see that as a problem at all! Weíll have just enough latitude to make a great series. Iíve worked in network TV before, and every time I was squeezed a little, it just made me look for creative solutions. Besides, I always like to play in the biggest auditorium available!

Thanks to David Squyres

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