“Dark Tower” Ready To Soar
Millions of fans are reaching for the Tower.
After years of rumours and speculation, Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is finally heading to the big screen.
King has, to date, written eight novels revolving around the mythology, which has also been given the comic book treatment by Marvel. Now, Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey have signed on to the movie version, which will be produced by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner.
Elba is to play Roland Deschain, a gunslinger who must reach the titular Dark Tower to stop his home land – a place called Mid-World – from being ravaged by an evil sorcerer (McConaughey). In doing so, he must reach into our world and seek help from a drug addict, an amputee and a young boy.
In a recent interview with EW, director Nikolaj Arcel, who co-wrote the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and helmed 2012’s A Royal Affair – confirmed that he plans to start shooting in South Africa in seven weeks. As for release date, Sony Pictures is apparently eyeing January 13, 2017.
King, in the same article, reveals that the film starts in the middle of the Dark Tower legacy. That decision, he says, may not sit well with some fans, but the author is also confident that they’ll still send plenty of love its way.
Meanwhile, Arcel is keeping tight-lipped about which book is being adapted for the movie, but he hinted that much of the story unfolds in the present world.
The director had an extensive discussion with Elba about Roland’s quest and psychology, among many other elements, and both are excited about the pending big screen vision of Roland.
King, meanwhile, says Elba is one of the best actors working in the business and looks forward to seeing him breathe life into the gunslinger.
Stay tuned for more news about The Dark Tower movie.