Stephen King, America’s reigning Horror novelist, started his Dark Tower series in 1982 with The Gunslinger. The book features Roland Deschain, who, King admits, is inspired by Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name character from his Sergio Leone films.
A film trilogy and a TV series of this work is in the planning stages. Ron Howard, his partner Brian Grazer, Akiva Goldsman (Jonah Hex) and King will be producing. Howard will also be directing.