Just want a place to vent about this. I still see these books as having the potential to compete with LOTR. If budget were no problem, and many passionate people were working on this to make it a reality, I think a kind of direct translation is possible. Each page of each book should be storyboarded. 100's of hardcore dark tower fans should be in on the process, so they can agree that the look of each thing is right. If they all agree you know you're getting close to something many can accept as Roland or Walter or various items or locations or whatever. Great detail should go into every aspect. Then figure out how to put that information on screen, bringing each scene to life with the storyboard as the guide. Trim where you can but nothing important and as little as possible. Sorry if I sound naive, but I don't think this is impossible. I guess its just a dream really.