The biggest draw at this year's ComicCon was undoubtedly Kevin Smith, who has his legion of fans but is also known to be a fun public speaker. A close second, however, had to be writing giant Stephen King, who attracted a legion of his own faithful fans at his Saturday panel to discuss Marvel's Dark Tower comic book series. King arrived on stage wearing a Shaun of the Dead t-shirt and looking typically thin and frail; he was joined on the panel by comic creators Joe Quesada, Robin Furth, Peter David, Jae Lee and Ralph Macchio (no, not that one, and yes, someone made a joke about it.) Cinematical was on hand for this event, just in case King decided to drop any announcements about upcoming film adaptations of his work, including the most obvious possibility. He did end up talking up the potential of a Dark Tower film series, which he says is more of a real consideration now because of how well the comic adaptation has been received.
King seemed to throw cold water on the notion of Frank Darabont's involvement in the potential project, saying that he felt Darabont already has his hands full with The Mist and The Monkey -- looks like the latter project might be more of a reality than anyone realized up to now -- but he did finally make with the details about his rumored collaboration with J.J. Abrams on an adaptation. King has now clearly warmed up to the idea of seeing his most cherished work get a shot at feature film greatness. As for how he feels about previous adaptations of his work, he professed to not care too much one way or the other whether most of his film adaptations turn out good or bad. He also got a rise out of the audience when he gave a questioner a line-reading from Creepshow: "Meteor shit!" When asked at one point if there were any other works he'd like to see translated into a comic book form, King immediately blurted out "We were in the green room kicking around doing The Stand." More questions and answers below, all from random audience members.
Talk about the plans to bring The Dark Tower series either to the big screen or small screen. "Well, I've said no to everybody recently, because I just didn't think that the chances of it being a good movie....I mean, this is my life's work, in a sense. It's been there since the time when I was 22 years old and I finally finished it up somewhere in my 50s. So it's very important to me. Usually, about movies, I don't give much of a shit. My attitude is 'go make the movie and if it's good, that's terrific, and if it's bad, well then it will go to the video store, the back shelves of Blockbuster, and I still get royalties on the book.' I don't care that much. I hope they're good, because I'm a fan of the movies, but when the chance came to do The Dark Tower as a comic book, I thought this was the best of all possible worlds. This will look the way they're supposed to look. And when they brought in Jae Lee and Peter David, I just thought 'this is as good as it gets.' If you guys have seen some of the movies that have been made from Marvel comic books, you know they are really, literally as good as it gets -- a lot of times the books are better than the movies. They leave more space for your imagination.