By now it should be common knowledge that Ron Howard is spearheading an ambitious project to get Stephen King’s The Dark Tower adapted into not only three feature films, but a television series as well. But why not go a step further and get the video game industry involved as well?
Well, that’s precisely what Howard and company have planned.
While speaking with Deadline, Howard expressed that a Dark Tower video game would allow more ground to be covered and is something that’s actively being looked into.
"We discovered elements that would probably never have a home either on the big screen or on TV, but would make fantastic narrative gaming opportunities that won't rehash the movies or TV, but have its own material borne out of the books and graphic novels," explained Howard.
"We've got gaming designers and there is enthusiasm for that. It's a way to use all the mediums at our disposal to try to fulfill what's possible. Universal sees this as an asset that can benefit the company in a lot of different ways."
I’ll be honest, I’m both enthusiastic about the possibility of a Dark Tower game, and terrified. Setting the hype aside, we’ve heard this song and dance before. Does anyone remember when James Cameron talked up Avatar: The Game as a true, quality companion to his feature film? Yup, that one didn’t turn out so hot.
So while Ron Howard’s ambitious plans are contagious, let’s hope it’s more than just the typical cash grab tie-in that the folks at Universal go for. If a Dark Tower game is going to happen, let it be as big and sweeping and good as the books it’s based on.