Stephen King reveals long-awaited 'Tower' scoop at Comic-Con

Stephenking_lWith a toothpick in his mouth and Shaun of the Dead t-shirt on his chest, EW contributor Stephen King strolled into New York Comic-Con like a rock star. Some bastard genius over at the Con hired two armed Stormtrooper “bodyguards” to escort in this Main Attraction, then lord over the mosh pit of photographers, creating a lightning-storm of flashes worthy of a Cannes premiere. (Two thoughts: We’re fairly certain those troopers’ guns weren’t real, and EW senior editor Marc Bernardin insists this lends itself to an Altamont joke.) Joined by Marvel honcho Joe Quesada, ridiculously talented artist Jae Lee, and an editor named Ralph Macchio (gee, he’s never heard that one before), the King shrugged off the ruckus with his usual confident dude-ness and held court at a Q&A panel in honor of Dark Tower, Marvel Comics’ adaptation of his fantasy series.

“No.” That was his response to the very first question — of the most vexing sort, asking if King would pony over an autograph in exchange for a $800 donation to his favorite charity. Thankfully, that didn’t kill the mood. Between ribbing Quesada for calling him “Mr. King” (he prefers more casual options such as “Your Honor” or “Your Lordship”) and casually dropping the word “man” about as many times as Tommy Lee is wont to say “bro,” King continued to answered any and all curiosities.

Apparently, King’s affair with nerddom may still be simmering. On the possibility of other Towercomics, he replied, “There’s always more stories.” He later adds thathe and Marvel have also been “kicking around” the idea of turning The Stand into a series. Ecstatic cheer. Oh, and he’s planning to rewrite the whole Towerseries, viewing the existing text as a “work in progress.” Befuddledsilence. Finally, time for the true test: Asked what his favoritecomics are, he made the Con proud by citing fine longer-form fair like Preacher, V for Vendetta, and The Sandman, also adding in Marvel’s Spider-Man.

Asked to elaborate on rumor of a big-screen Tower,King proclaimed that he doesn’t “give a s— about movies.” Previousadvances to turn the property into a film by Hollywood heavyweightssuch as writer-director buddy Frank Darabont — who adapted the King’s The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile — have gone unrequited. But King does give a s— about Lostcreators J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof. “I trust those guys,” saidKing, before unveiling the big scoop of the day: He sold them the Tower option rights for 19 bucks.

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  • Dre

    I can’t say I’m a fan of King’s novels; I’ve read 4 or 5 and found them to be interesting enough to finish but not gripping enough for me to hunt down and read everything he’s ever written. That being said, I’ve talked to many a hardcore King fan who always say that the Dark Tower series are the best of King’s work and I should give those books a chance before passing judgment on him. I haven’t gotten around to reading them yet, but I am excited at the prospect of Abrams and Lindelhof having the rights to the material. Lost is so freaking awesome and the Dark Tower is supposed to be, so I am very much looking forward to the prodcut of the combined efforts of these three very talented creators.

  • Donna

    This was one of the best things I have heard all week!! The Tower series on screen?? Just one request – please please please let Bruce Campbell play Roland!!!

  • Teeps

    Bruce Campbell? Are you bloody serious? That guy couldn’t act his way out a wet paper bag…. and do you really think he could emote 1/100th of the conflicted malice of ONE Roland look? I don’t think so.

  • Slimjimmy

    Even though he is a great guy, and I enjoy watching him in films and TV, Bruce would not be right for Roland. Just doesn’t have the dramatic chops, IMHO. Who would be right? I have to think about that. Any suggestions?

  • Anonymous

    So how many of you Tower junkies got a chuckle out of the $19 price tag? Let’s hope the Lost boys have better luck with the number than the members of Roland’s ka-tet did!

  • Dudeman

    How about Hugh Jackman as Roland???

  • Chris Richards

    Short of Clint losing 25 years, the only man I can see as Roland right now is a very unconventional choice: Hugh Laurie. I say go for it.

  • Christopher

    Cripes, imagine what could be done with Danny Torrance, Charlie McGee, The Shop, Salem’s Lot, and Castle Rock, if King was interested in revisting these characters?

  • Anonymous

    How about Sam Elliot? He looks like beef jerky with a few miles on it. But still tasty…

  • Farah

    Hugh Laurie…PERFECT as Roland! I love it!

  • Tower Fan

    The unfortunate thing about the screen version of Dark Tower is that it’s coming 20 years to late for Clint to play Roland, whom the character is clearly based upon. Without Clint, it will probably go to one of four people: Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner, Harrison Ford or Tommy Lee Jones. I’m not saying their the best choices, but that’s who it will probably end up being.

  • Jeff

    Best choice for Roland, Viggo Mortensen, look at his character in Hidalgo. If you complain about him being to you, they can age him…look what they did in Lord of the Rings

  • Mungo

    I think the biggest problem is that everyone who has read the series have very definite images in mind for what Roland or any of the other characters look and sound like. With that in mind I suggest Thomas Jane

  • Jefferson

    Halle Berry as that crazy 1/2 legged
    Susanne would be perfect !

  • Susan Kim

    Halle Berry for SUSANNAH – I THINK NOT! geez i was so upset when she was cast as storm – shoulda been IMAN!!! sorry bad choice in casting! as for roland, no one could really play him but I’m thinking a leaner benicio del toro type… man i gotta go buy this comic now i didn’t even know he did this!!!

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