Abrams Enters 'Dark Tower', May Not Helm 'Trek XI'By Michelle
February 15, 2007 - 6:13 AM
After weeks of rumours that J.J. Abrams was on the verge of committing to direct Star Trek XI, news comes that he will produce and possibly direct an adapatation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower.
The Hollywood Reporter stated that King and Abrams are in talks to bring the Dark Tower series to the screen, though it is not yet clear whether the project will be for the movie theatre or for television. Abrams' production company, Bad Robot, has deals with Paramount for movies and Warner Bros. for television.
King is an admitted fan of Abrams' Lost, and IGN reported that Abrams was "poised to direct" The Dark Tower. IGN added that sources believed the project would be filmed for theatrical release, though the long series might be considered more appropriate for a TV miniseries.
Abrams remains attached to Star Trek XI as executive producer. He was never committed to the project as director. His production partner Damon Lindelof recently participated in a roundtable discussion of Lost with King and brought a first edition of Dark Tower's initial volume, The Gunslinger.
Paramount has not yet made any statements about who will direct Star Trek XI.