J.J. Abrams Will Not Be Building His ‘Dark Tower’

It coulda been great! J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof — two of the key dudes behind “Lost” — were set to adapt Stephen King’s sci-fi/fantasy opus, “The Dark Tower,” for the big screen.

Such a seamless fit between material and filmmakers — it coulda be great, but it ain’t gonna happen, as Abrams himself told MTV News’ Josh Horowitz recently. “The ’Dark Tower’ thing is tricky,” he said. “It’s such an important piece of writing. The truth is that Damon and I are not looking at that right now.”

This only confirms what Abrams previously said to USA Today in an October interview. “You’ll be hard-pressed to find a huger fan of ’The Dark Tower’ than me, but that’s probably the reason that I shouldn’t be the one to adapt it,” he revealed. “After working six years on ’Lost,’ the last thing I want to do is spend the next seven years adapting one of my favorite books of all time. I’m such a massive Stephen King fan that I’m terrified of screwing it up. I’d do anything to see those movies written by someone else. My guess is they will get made because they’re so incredible. But not by me.”

That’s an abrupt about-face for these guys. As late as last May, Lindelof told MTV News that he was still gung-ho about the project, though he did seem to be a little bit wary following the blowback from Zack Snyder’s efforts to adapt “Watchmen.”

“Having seen Zack go through what he went through on ’Watchmen’ in terms of saying where can I digress from the material, I just get headaches thinking about changing anything,” Lindelof said at the time.

Were you excited for an Abrams/Lindelof take on “The Dark Tower”? Who should take it now? Is it something that’s worth adapting?