I've been a faithful Stephen King reader since the age of 12, when I first read The Shining. I've read every book he's ever published since, good and bad, with the exception of his seven-volume magnum opus The Dark Tower. I enjoyed the first three books in the series, but when I got to the fourth installment, Wizard and Glass, and realized it was going to be a 750-page flashback, I set it aside and never got around to finishing it.
But now that deadline.com is reporting The Dark Tower is going to be made into a film trilogy and an eventual spin-off TV series, I'm going to start again from the beginning and give the books another try. The first three novels were fantasy adventures stuffed with action and suspense and tinged with horror - a natural fit, in other words, for the movies. The character of Roland Deschain, the gunslinger on a quest for the eponymous tower, would also make a great, stoic hero.
The only thing that is keeping my excitement in check is that the trilogy will be directed by Ron Howard and written by Akiva Goldsman. I've never been a fan of either man's work, and with the exception of Cinderella Man, I haven't liked the films they've made together (A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons). But what I've read of The Dark Tower would be pretty hard to mess up on film. King has already done the hard work: Howard and Goldsman just have to follow his template and the trilogy should be a knockout.
I still wish someone like Spielberg was tackling this, though. Oh, how I'd love to see a Spielberg adaptation of The Talisman!