King and Abrams in Talks for Dark Tower

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The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed an earlier IGN story that said Stephen King and J.J. Abrams are in talks to bring King’s “Dark Tower” book series to the screen.

They are not sure, however, if the project will be a feature film or a TV series. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company has a first-look deal at Paramount for film projects and a deal with Warner Bros. Television for TV projects. The project is not yet set up at either company.

The trade adds that King’s tale — which sprawls across seven books as it blends the fantasy, sci-fi, horror and Western genres — might seem better suited for a multiple-episode television treatment. On the other hand, its potential cost might call for a large-scale cinematic treatment.

It is also unclear whether Abrams would take on the project solely as a producer or whether he would direct as well.