From Dread Central:

Now, as for The Stand, which has been in the works for quite some time, Boone explained, “We’re working on it. The reason The Stand hasn’t been made yet is because it’s expensive. It’s a problem of perception, I think. We really are attempting to revive the idea of the elevated horror film–movies like The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby, The Shining–A-list films with A-list casts. The 1980s really killed this idea because studios realized you could make horror films for dirt cheap and make a killing. In theory, every studio wants to make The Stand. It’s a bona fide American classic. It should be an event movie. A big, serious-minded epic with an awe-inspiring cast that is as faithful as possible to King’s narrative and intentions. This should be The Godfather of post-apocalyptic epics. I adapted the book and have King’s blessing. We got that awe-inspiring cast. But [Warner Bros.] didn’t want to spend what it would actually cost to make the movie. To have a real conversation about making this film at a level that is appropriate for the book King wrote is an 85- to-100-million-dollar conversation, which from where I’m sitting sounds like a no-brainer considering the mind-numbing nonsense that studios spend $250 million on. Which brings me back to that perception problem. They look at The Stand and wonder why they can’t make this post-apocalyptic horror movie for $35 million. King and I were most excited and continue to be most excited about a single three-hour event movie: The Godfather of post-apocalyptic movies.”
Does he have any studios in mind? “My hope is that we’ll go make that movie with Lionsgate,” Boone said. “My adaptation is incredibly faithful to King’s book, but the way I was able to contain all of it in a single three-hour film is: I shattered King’s structure and told the story non-linear. That was really what broke everything open for me. The opening scene is Mother Abigail on her deathbed sending our heroes off to make their stand against the Dark Man in Vegas, and then we jump back in time and you basically have three spinning timelines going the whole movie–Captain Trips, Boulder, and The Stand, same as the book, but they are all happening simultaneously. Sequences that fall hundreds of pages apart in the book stand side-by-side in the film, echoing and resonating in new and strange ways. I remain incredibly excited about that script. I can’t wait to make it. The Stand is the movie of a lifetime so I’m completely content waiting until someone gives us exactly what we need to do it right rather than to compromise.”

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Tickets have begun to go on sale for King's End of Watch Book Tour.  I'll continually update this post as more locations start selling tickets.

Jersey City:  Tickets are on sale now (March 21 @ 2:00pm).  SOLD OUT
Head HERE to purchase (2 ticket limit per person, not guaranteed a signed book).
 
Albuquerque:  Tickets go on sale March 26th at 9:00am online, in store and by phone.
Head HERE to purchase ( 4 tickets per person $38.50 each, general admission).
 
Pennsylvania:  Ticket sales will take place on three consecutive days:

• Sunday, April 17th, 11AM - 3PM at the Penguin Bookshop only (no on-line or phone orders).

• Monday, April 18th, 10AM - 6PM at the Penguin Bookshop only (no on-line or phone orders).

• Tuesday, April 19th starting at 10AM we will begin selling any remaining tickets over the phone.

• We will not be selling any tickets on-line. Note: We will NOT take phone calls on April 17 or 18.

Ticket Prices:

$38.00 General Assigned Seating

$50.00 Friends of the Penguin priority seating (limited availability -- a portion of these tickets will be donated to the Sewickley Academy Auction)
 
West VirginiaTickets are $35 and go on sale April 1st

For ticket purchasing please visit The Clay Center website HERE.

Kentucky:  Tickets for this event are $32 each and include general admission to the event and movie and a hardcover copy of End of Watch.  

Tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 26th and can be purchased online at www.iroquoisamphitheater.com or at the Iroquois Amphitheater box office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Iowa:  Tickets available March 23rd at the Englert Theatre.  SOLD OUT

(319) 688-2653 www.englert.org


Oklahoma:  Tickets will go on sale April 1 for the Tulsa appearance by best-selling novelist Stephen King, who will speak June 15 at Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St.

Tickets are $35 for general admission seating, $30 for standing room, and will be available on line at www.cainsballroom.com.
 
New Mexico:  Tickets will be on sale March 26, 9am online, in our store, or by phone.

Each ticket is $38.50, general admission for one, including an End of Watch hardcover.  Please purchase your ticket HERE.
Our event will begin at 7pm. Doors will open at 6pm.
Seats will be general admission and ticket sales are limited to 4 per person.

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From EW.com:

Roland Deschain’s ka-tet has begun to form, as Idris Elba’s gunslinger in the long-awaited Dark Tower movie has found his Jake Chambers.
Sources close to the production have confirmed to EW that newcomer Tom Taylor will play the key role of Jake Chambers, a young boy who Roland crosses paths with in the series’ first book on his hunt of the man in black. Taylor previously appeared in the BBC series Doctor Foster and also showed up in the now-cancelled TNT series, Legends, as the younger version of Sean Bean’s protagonist, Martin Odum.
Jake is one of the key players in Roland’s pursuit of the Dark Tower, a member of his ka-tet — a group gathered together by destiny. In the novels, Roland pulls the members of his ka-tet from various time periods in New York. His encounters and relationship with Jake, however, are much more complicated, as he first runs into the boy while chasing the man in black in his own world.
Tayor joins a cast that includes Elba as Roland and Matthew McConaughey as the man in black.

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Some more details have been posted on Stephenking.com about the upcoming book tour.

Below is the list of confirmed bookstores that will be sponsoring Stephen’s appearances. The format for these venues will be on-stage conversations and there will not be a book signing. Stephen will be pre-signing 400 books for each store that will be given out randomly at the event. More details will be released as they become available.
June 7      WORD Bookstore, Jersey City, NJ
June 8      Penguin Bookshop, Sewickley, PA
June 9      Books & Co., Dayton, OH
June 10    Taylor Books, Charleston, WV
June 11     Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN
June 12     Carmichael’s Books, Louisville, KY
June 13     Prairie Lights, Iowa City, IA
June 14     Bookworm, Omaha, NE
June 15     Booksmart, Tulsa, OK
June 16     Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM
June 17     The King’s English, Salt Lake City, UT
June 18     Barnes & Noble, Reno, NV

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From Stephenking.com:

Stephen will be doing a book tour to promote the publication of End of Watch in June. Below are the cities and dates for each of the venues. We are currently in the process of finalizing details with the local venues so are not able to give out any additional information at this time but check back often for updates.
June 7            Jersey City, NJ
June 8            Sewickley, PA
June 9            Dayton, OH
June 10          Charleston, WV
June 11          Nashville, TN
June 12          Louisville, KY
June 13          Iowa City, IA
June 14          Omaha, NE
June 15          Tulsa, OK
June 16          Albuquerque, NM
June 17          Salt Lake City, UT
June 18          Reno, NV

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Before the current version of the upcoming Dark Tower movie, there was a working script for the Ron Howard version of the flick.  He, Ron Goldsman and Jeff Pinker are no longer part of the project but Quint over at Aint It Cool News got a look at a draft of the old script.  He's not sure if any of the draft will make it into the Nicolaj Arcel version of the film that is currently in production, but it's an interesting read anyway.

Some highlights of the article below.

I read it first on Lilja's Library, but read the article here on Aint it Cool:

A word of warning first, though. There are a lot of unknowns surrounding this project right now. I've heard from sources who have told me that Arcel did a pretty hefty rewrite, so it's quite possible that all the pro-Goldsman draft talk in the EW interview was politics (saving face for Goldsman who is still producer on the film) and much of what I read is outdated.
If the movie is indeed starting off with “The Man In Black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed” then we can assume this is out. How could the Man in Black be fleeing if he's hanging in peaceful Devar-Toi? It also means we're very likely to meet our main character, Roland, earlier than in this draft, which doesn't happen until almost 15 pages in.
This is all good news because the first act is the worst part of Goldsman and Pinkner's adaptation. They start it weird and then spend time with young Jake in modern day-ish (2011 in this draft) New York. Jake is having nightmares about what's going on in Devar-Toi and is seeing a psychiatrist because he feels torn between his own world and what the adults in his life believe is an imaginary world.
This psychiatrist chat is hands down the worst part of the script. They totally play to the cheap seats. Within 5 minutes of the movie they have Jake fully explain exactly what the Dark Tower is while talking to a stuffy psychiatrist in an office somewhere. In other words they reveal the mystery of the title in the most boring way possible. It'd be like at the end of the pilot of Lost Charlie says “Guys, where are we?” and someone sits him down and explains exactly what the island is and what that strange creature in the trees used to be.
Another tidbit from the EW interview was the revelation that a good amount of the film takes place in our world, which threw many fans for a loop. In the books a lot of time is spent crossing between Mid-World and ours (known as Keystone Earth), but none of that happens in the first book, so what gives?
Jake is what gives. Goldsman and Pinkner decided to fold in Jake's journey to Roland's world from The Wastelands (complete with the fight with the Guardian in the old haunted house) with his entry into The Gunslinger.
If you're a constant reader your head is probably spinning a little bit right now. Lots of changes, but take my word for it not to get too hung up on those changes. They make the very smart decision to start Roland off with Horn of Eld, which is something I've been saying the adaptation needs to do since JJ Abrams got the rights way back when.
So, what of The Gunslinger book does make it? The showdown in Tull takes up most of the first act and Roland's reluctant bonding with Jake is most of the second act, but is done is a much different way than the book.
Jake's not a confused child who doesn't know why he's there. He's the one on a mission, convinced he's meant to help Roland find the Dark Tower, which is something Roland has no interest in. He's only after revenge. He has given up protecting the tower in order to focus on killing the Man in Black.
This Roland is a shell of a man. He has his feelings on lock down, much like the Roland from the books, but he's also worn out, defeated. It's an interesting take that took me a little while to warm up to, but I like how they used his growing feelings for Jake to kind of set him back on the path.
Jake is almost more of a central figure in this draft than Roland himself. He's not only Roland's moral compass, he's also the MacGuffin. They give Jake telepathic powers, which sounds silly, but it's not like he's throwing people around with his mind or anything. He sees things, is sensitive to thin spots between worlds, etc. They even call it “The Shine” a nod to King's Shining. He's powerful enough to be of interest to the Man in Black who wants to use him to destroy the Dark Tower.

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From Stephen King, Idirs Elba and Matthew McConaughey's Twitter accounts:

 

Looks like it will be starting someplace in the middle of the books, although it will start with the first line from the books.  The article says a lot of it takes place in out day, in the modern world.  Check it out below.

From EW:

After many years, and many attempts, a film version of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is finally getting underway with Idris Elba confirmed as the gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as the mystical foe known as the man in black.
Both the author and the movie’s director and co-writer, Nikolaj Arcel, spoke exclusively with EW about the plan to begin adapting the six-shooter-and-sorcery tale — which spans eight novels, assorted comic books and short stories, and is frequently referenced throughout King’s body of work.
“The thing is, it’s been a looong trip from the books to the film,” King says, putting it right in context: “When you think about it, I started these stories as a senior in college, sitting in a little sh-tty cabin beside the river in Maine, and finally this thing is actually in pre-production now.” He laughs. “I’m delighted, and I’m a little bit surprised.”
Arcel, who is best known for the 2012 Danish film A Royal Affair and for co-writing the Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, says he will start shooting The Dark Tower in South Africa in seven weeks, and Sony Pictures plans to have it in theaters on Jan. 13, 2017.
Arcel will share screenwriting credit with Anders Thomas Jensen, Akiva Goldsman, and Jeff Pinkner. The producers will be Goldman and his Weed Road company; Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Erica Huggins of Imagine Entertainment; and Pinkner as executive producer.
“What Stephen King does best is mixing the everyday, or what you might call the mundane, with the fantastical,” says Arcel. “In my view, [The Dark Tower] novels are a mix between sci-fi and fantasy and modern times. That exact mix is so Stephen King.”
King says the movie will open with the first line from the first book. “It should start that way,” he says. “I’ve been pretty insistent about that.” He even tweeted it out today:
“[The movie] starts in media res, in the middle of the story instead of at the beginning, which may upset some of the fans a little bit, but they’ll get behind it, because it is the story,” King says.
Arcel declined to specify which books his movie focus on, but he did offer this clue: “A lot of it takes place in our day, in the modern world.”

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Peter Straub interviewed in the Miami Herald: 

 Q. So is there any truth to the rumors that a third “Talisman” book is forthcoming?

I certainly hope so. It’s totally dependent on the patience of my saintly collaborator, Steve King. We were supposed to start it three or four years ago, but I had medical problems that stopped me in my tracks. Then I had problems with a book I was doing … so we’re no closer to being able to start it. But part of the reason he’s so patient is we have a great idea for the book. I won’t tell you what it is, but there was a famous story that happened in the world when we were young. He kept a scrapbook about it and so did I, him in Maine and me in Milwaukee. It has a lot of juice in it, and he and I both feel that way about it, so we are eager to do this book. I think he’ll cut me a break and let me go a year or two and then we’ll start working on it.

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From Deadline:

Spike has given a pilot order for a drama series based on the classic  novella The Mist, from Dimension Television. The series tells a harrowing story about a seemingly innocuous mist that seeps into a small town and creates havoc.
This represents an expansion of Spike’s development model. Since re-entering scripted series with the event series Tut, the network has been using a straight-to-series approach: for Tut; drama Harvest, which was ultimately scrapped; and Red Mars, which is gearing up for production. The Mist marks Spike’s first pilot order since the network returned to the scripted space. Spike plans to continue to explore both the pilot and straight-to-series development routes.
The Mist is written and executive produced by Christian Torpe, creator of the hit Danish drama Rita, now finishing its fourth season. He has developed programming for Showtime and AMC.
Dimension previously adapted The Mist as a movie in 2007. The company took a similar approach with its Scream feature franchise, which it remade as a series for MTV, now in production on its second season.
“We are excited to be in business with Spike on their first scripted production pilot and working with the very talented Christian Torpe to further explore Stephen King’s classic novella and bring this riveting series to television audiences,” said Bob Weinstein, cochairman of The Weinstein Company.

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From Collider:

Steve recently sat down for an exclusive interview with producer Roy Lee at DICE 2016, and Lee confirmed that Fukunaga and Chase Palmer’s original script—which they imbued with many of their personal experiences—has been rewritten:

“It will hopefully be shooting later this year. We just got the California tax credit… Gary Doberman wrote the most recent draft working with Andy Muscetti, so it’s being envisioned as two movies.”

Indeed, the plan was always to make this adaptation two movies, with the first revolving around the characters as children and the second picking up with them as adults. King’s book switches back and forth between the two time periods, and Lee added that once all is said and done, one could conceivably cut these two It movies together to make a more straightforward adaptation of King’s book:

“It is very close to the source material in one way but very different if you look at it as a literary piece of work… We’re taking it and making the movie from the point of view of the kids, and then making another movie from the point of view of the adults, that could potentially then be cut together like the novel. But it’s gonna be a really fun way of making this movie.”

As for the film’s rating, Lee confirms it will be Rated R and adds that while they have a final draft, they’re currently fine-tuning the script to hit their budget target:

“We are very close to turning in the final draft of the script. It’s mainly working on it for budgeting purposes to make it fit within the budget that we have.”

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