The TV series “The Dark Tower” is in the works from “The Haunting” creator Mike Flanagan

“The Haunting of Hill House” and “Midnight Mass” creator Mike Flanagan and his producing partner Trevor Massey have secured the rights to adapt Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” into a TV series.

Flanagan and Macy broke the news Thursday in an interview with Deadline, which delved further into the pair’s recent decision to move their overall Intrepid Pictures deal from Netflix to Amazon.

“Before we did our deal with Amazon, we acquired the rights to ‘The Dark Tower,’ which if you know anything about me, you know has been the holy grail of a project for most of my life,” said Flanagan. “We already have those rights cut out of our deal at Amazon, and that doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t default to it at some point — you don’t know. But it’s something we’re developing ourselves and we’re really excited to get it on its feet at some point.”

Amazon previously had the rights to “The Dark Tower” themselves and were working on a project that had only reached the beta stage. Those rights lapsed and Flanagan and Maisie took them away before concluding their new deal with Amazon, which was announced on December 1st.

diverse It’s been confirmed that the “Dark Tower” project has been cut from Flanagan and Macy’s new Amazon deal, though sources say that doesn’t necessarily mean the series won’t end up on Prime Video — just that others have a chance at it, as well.

Flanagan says he envisions his adaptation of “The Dark Tower,” for which he’s already written a pilot script, as a five-season show, with two separate feature films as follow-ups. And yes, he’s spoken with King himself about adaptation plans, a far cry from the first time Hollywood has attempted to bring such King’s work to the screen, most recently the 2017 film starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey.

“It happened because I sent him a very detailed outline of what I wanted to do with him,” Flanagan said. And in response, he gave us the rights. A project like this, I wouldn’t want to be involved in it at all if we were going in a direction where it would be blasphemy of Stephen King material, but he’s been very, very supportive and very excited about what we’d like to do.”

Intrepid was previously subject to a blanket deal at Netflix. While there, the company made several successful shows in the horror genre, including “The Haunting of Hill House” and “The Haunting of Bly Manor”, as well as “Midnight Mass” and “Midnight Club”. Flanagan was the creator of the first three of the aforementioned series and co-creator of the fourth series. Macy’s executive produced them all.

Flanagan and Macy still have at least one project coming to Netflix – the limited series “The Fall of the House of Usher.” This series will be a modern retelling of the titular Edgar Allan Poe story while also drawing on Poe’s other works. At the time of this posting, it does not yet have a premiere date.

Intrepid has also produced a number of feature films. Among them is “Doctor Sleep,” a follow-up to King’s The Shining and based on King’s book of the same name. Other games include “Hush”, “Before I Wake”, and “Gerald’s Game”. Flanagan directed and wrote or co-wrote all of those films with Macy’s producing.


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