In the lead up to release, news broke that former Walking Dead head writer Glen Mazzara will oversee the development of a Dark Tower TV series. Even years ago, when Ron Howard planned on directing the film version, the plan was always to take Roland to the small screen, adapting the fourth book, a prequel that charted the gunslinger's origin story called Wizard and Glass, as a serialized companion. Apparently this is still in motion -- and the easiest way to reclaim The Dark Tower as a worthy predecessor to Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones.
For those hoping to see the movie version of the Crimson King in some quickly after-credits scene "for the fans," I cry your pardon, but what the hell. C'mon. It's not there, and we're lucky it's not there. The Dark Tower ends quite definitively, thanks to what appears to be some last minute shooting (was it me or were the wigs a little… off). The Man in Black is dead, a perfect shot from Roland through his brain. Jake, without parents, decides to saddle up with the gunslinger and head to Mid-World for more adventures. In theory, they'll go face The Crimson King, maybe pick up Eddie and Susannah, maybe save/reactivate the Tower. Who knows. But the road ahead is wide-open. So is the road behind them.