From stephenking.com:

Stephen King to Appear with George RR Martin at Albuquerque End of Watch Tour
ALBUQUERQUE—Longtime Albuquerque indie bookstore, Bookworks, hosts Stephen King June 16 at the Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center, one of twelve stops on a national tour promoting his new novel, End of Watch. What was already an unbelievable event opportunity has become even more notable, with a very special guest announced as part of the billing.
George RR Martin, Game of Thrones creator, beloved New Mexico author, and patron of the arts, will join King on stage at the Kiva Auditorium, for conversation and an element of literary fantasy that fans of the esteemed authors will find hard to resist.
“We were talking one day at the store about the event, daydreaming about how we would ever be able to score an event more epic than Stephen King. ‘But what if we got George RR Martin to interview Stephen King,’” recalls Bookworks event coordinator Amanda Sutton. Martin has been a friend of indie booksellers in New Mexico and has taken part in several events with the store, including a sold-out in-conversation event with Diana Gabaldon in 2013. Martin also frequently hosts renowned authors at his Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe.
During a conference call with King’s assistant and publicist at Scribner, the Bookworks team mentioned the idea to have the two authors appear together.
The pieces fell into place when Martin contacted his agent, Chris Lotts, also Stephen King’s agent, expressing interest in hosting King at the Cocteau. No new events were able to be added to the tour, but Martin was invited and graciously agreed to join the bill for the Albuquerque event. He will be in conversation with Stephen King’s son, author Joe Hill, in May 23 at the Cocteau upon release of his book The Fireman. On June 16, Martin will appear with King at the Kiva Auditorium. Both authors are delighted to share the stage.
The authors will sign books prior to the event. Every attendee will receive an End of Watch hardcover with ticket purchase, with 400 signed copies to be distributed at random. End of Watch is the third book in the Bill Hodges trilogy, which began with Mr. Mercedes, an Edgar Award winner, followed by Finders Keepers. All the books in the trilogy, along with many of Mr. King’s titles, will be available at the event, as will signed books from Mr. Martin.
Tickets for Stephen King in Conversation with George RR Martin are available online at bkwrks.com/stephen-king, by phone at 505-344-8139, or in person at Bookworks, at 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque.

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From Eurweb.com:

Saban Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to sci-fi horror film “Cell,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack and Isabelle Fuhrman.
Directed by Tod “Kip” Williams, “Cell” is based on the apocalyptic novel of the same name by Stephen King, who adapted the screenplay along with Adam Alleca.
Saban Films president Bill Bromiley said, “Stephen King is widely recognized as a master of the horror genre. Combining his talent along with Tod’s vision and this dynamic cast, which reteams King, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson for the first time since ‘1408,’ delivers a truly unique modern tale of survival.”

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From Dread Central:

In the meantime, Boone has another King-based project that’s being fast-tracked to the screen: Revival. He enthused, “[T]hat one is ready to go. My line producer, production designer, and VFX supervisor from Fault budgeted the film. Michael De Luca is producing, which is amazing. He produced The Social Network, Moneyball, and Captain Phillips; but he also wrote John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness, so he’s a secret horror nerd like us. Unlike these studio projects we’re working [on]–The Stand, Vampire Chronicles, New Mutants–where there are so many voices chiming in, we’ve been able to develop Revival in a very pleasant bubble. I wrote it on spec, and we are putting together the financing now. Very exciting. I think it’s one of King’s very best books.”

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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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