J.J. Abrams to Produce Stephen King's 'Dark Tower'   

May 3, 2009 With "Star Trek" destined for box office greatness next Friday, director/producer J.J. Abrams next pointing his sights on adapting Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" for the big screen, after he's done with the "Lost" TV series.

"Damon Lindelof and I talked to Mr. King," Abrams told IGN. "We got the rights for ['Dark Tower'] as a film. Damon is obviously still on ‘Lost’ and we’ve been working on 'Star Trek' together. As soon as ‘Lost’ is done, hopefully we’ll begin tackling that."

"The Dark Tower" is a series of seven books written by King between 1970 and 2004. The series incorporates themes from multiple genres, including fantasy fiction, science fantasy, horror and western elements. They describe a gunslinger's quest toward a tower whose nature the books call both physical and metaphorical. King has described the series as his magnum opus. Besides the seven novels that compose the series proper, many of his other books relate to the story, introducing concepts and characters that come into play as the series progresses.

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