Abrams says no to The Dark Tower

The Star Trek helmer turns down the chance to adapt this fantasy epic.

dark-tower-1Contrary to previous rumours, JJ Abrams and producing partner Damon Lindelof will not be adapting Stephen King’s The Dark Tower for the big screen.

Speaking to MTV, Abrams admitted the reasons behind turning down this project: “The Dark Tower thing is tricky. It’s such an important piece of writing,” he says before dropping the bombshell. “The truth is that Damon and I are not looking at that right now.”

Abrams makes no secret of being a huge fan of King’s epic fantasy series, but it seems that the job of turning this seven-volume saga around for the screen is too big a task for the time being. “After working six years on Lost, the last thing I want to do is spend the next seven years adapting one of my favourite books of all time,” admits Abrams. “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.”

Despite the creative minds behind Lost and the Star Trek reboot opting out of this project, Abrams remains confident that the gunslinger’s quest will eventually go into production: “My guess is they will get made because they’re so incredible. But not by me.”

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