According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stephen King's The Dark Tower has risen from the dead over at Sony thanks to a new script co-written by Jeff Pinkner and Akiva Goldsman. The new script, which pulls from the first book in King's Dark Tower series entitled Gunslinger, is reportedly a far cry from the original script which found a temporary home at Universal Studios but collapsed under budget scrutiny.
Though Sony seems excited regarding franchise possibilities for The Dark Tower, a director hasn't been secured yet. Goldsman, Ron Howard (who was once attached as a director during Tower's run at Universal), Brian Grazer, and Erica Huggins are producing this dual-medium adaptation of King's genre-bending Western fantasy which King himself once called his magnum opus.
In a statement quoted by THR, King seems pleased by the possibility of The Dark Tower's extended existence. "This is a brilliant and creative approach to my books," King said. "Those who have traveled with Roland and his friends in their search for the Dark Tower are going to have their long-held hopes fully realized."