The fourth book in Stephen King’s epic cycle features Roland telling the other members of his ka-tet a story of his youth, and according to a report at EW, that will be the focus of a ten or thirteen part adaptation. MRC and Sony Pictures have committed to the series which will shoot next year for a 2018 broadcast.
Idris Elba and Tom Taylor have already signed up for the framing portions of the TV show, which will be written by Dark Tower film director Nikolaj Arcel and Anders Thomas Jensen.
“In the movie, Roland is suffering tremendous loss. The most concrete, personal, existential heartbreak a character can have,” executive producer Akiva Goldsman told EW. “If the movie chronicles his final reach toward hope again, the TV show is the loss of that hope.” Unlike the film (which contain a key element that indicates that it is a sequel to the novels rather than a straight adaptation), the TV series will “have much more fidelity” to King’s original.