Overshadowed by other large name productions releasing earlier this year such as Logan and Beauty and the Beast, The Dark Tower will finally be coming to the big screen on July 28, 2017. This is something to really be excited about, even if you don’t know the source material of the same name, which the movie is based upon.
The film, directed and co-written by Nikolaj Arcel, will star Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger and protagonist of the story. Matthew McConaughey is set to play Walter Padick, better known as The Man in Black and Roland’s antagonist. It is set in a world that has moved on, a dystopian society that is both western and a post apocalyptic science fiction landscape simultaneously. The film will follow Roland and members of his ka-tet as they make the perilous journey in search of the elusive Dark Tower.
The Dark Tower is a series of novels by Stephen King, and the storyline is best described as a science fiction, horror, western- which is something that isn’t heard often, if ever. From gunslingers, to travelling to alternate universes, robots and vampires, there is something for geeks of any interest to enjoy. If you’re a fan of any Stephen King novel, chances are you’ll see your favorite characters or places within the Dark Tower novels, as the series encompasses the entirety of King’s body of work in one form or another. If you haven’t read them, you can get the first novel here.
The film will not be an adaptation of the original novels, but rather a sequel to the story itself. Without delving deeply in to spoilers, making the movie a sequel does fit perfectly with the story arc, and allows a movie that sticks true enough to the originals without disappointing fans by leaving out events in the books that would be impossible for any budget or normal length adaptation to encompass. Many companies have considered or attempted a film adaptation of the series before, but the sheer weight of the source material and outrageous budget that would be required to stay true to the books has caused all previous projects to fail and leave fans in bitter disappointment.
Luckily, The Dark Tower did not fall victim to this pattern as previous attempts had, and fans of King can now rejoice in the fact that this production did happen and will be released in just a few short months. Constant Readers should be delighted that Roland’s story is not finished, and that our beloved Gunslinger may finally learn the most valuable lessons of all this time around.