Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" series, which has spawned seven books, one short story, one browser-based game and a comic book line at Marvel, may finally be getting the long-talked-about film treatment that fans have been hoping for. The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog reports that Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman are collaborating to produce a theatrical release that will then segue into a TV series.

The planning is still in its earliest stages; THR points out that a formal deal optioning King's series isn't in place. But if the plans come together, Howard and Grazer would produce through their Imagine label, with Howard directing the film from a script penned by Goldsman.

The sci-fi Western "Dark Tower" series, which follows the nameless Gunslinger as he travels to the titular tower, marks a departure for horror writer King, though it does incorporate elements from his other books.

Previously, J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot held the option, and the "Star Trek" director planned to reunite with "Lost" showrunners Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof for a "Dark Tower" TV series. In an interview with MTV in November of last year, Abrams said that the outlook was no longer promising for a Bad Robot take on "Dark Tower."

"It's such an important piece of writing. The truth is that Damon and I are not looking at that right now," he said.

Lindelof said much the same thing in an October interview with USA Today.

"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," he said. "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."

With the franchise's film rights now returned to King, the Howard/Grazer/Goldsman trio is moving in to stake their claim.

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