There really is a movie version of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower coming out and a trailer has arrived to prove it! After a series of delays made the the internet question whether or not this movie is an actual thing Sony in which has has invested millions of dollars or just an elaborate prank, real, actual, outside-of-CinemaCon footage has arrived to confirm the former. The Dark Tower is here and it looks amazing!
It’s been a bit of a rough road for fans of The Dark Tower, which was originally going to be an early 2017 release before being pushed to August. Even with King’s personal endorsement, this movie feels like it could go in either direction. The source material is so complex, so weird, and so exciting that it’s easy to imagine it completely collapsing while making the jump to the big screen. But if the movie is as imaginative, creepy, and genre-busting as the books, this could be something really special.
For those of you who know nothing about the novels, here’s the basic gist. Idris Elba plays Roland Deschain, the last of the Gunslingers, a pistol-packing warrior who pursues Walter (Matthew McConaughey), also known as “the man in black,” across dimensions to avenge the destruction of his world. Along the way, Roland collects allies (including the young Jake, played by Tom Taylor) and battles mutants, monsters, robots, warlocks, demons, and just about everything else you can yank out of the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres.
Originally set to be directed by Ron Howard (who is still on board as a producer), The Dark Tower is the latest film from Nikolaj Arcel, who previously helmed A Royal Affair. If all goes according to plan, this first movie will launch a franchise that spans several mediums – a prequel television series following the young Roland also in the works. Combine this with a strange approach that allows the film to act as an adaptation of the books and a sequel to them and you have a movie with a lot resting on its shoulders. If done right, this could be the next big genre franchise.
(May be spoiler-ish, continue at your own risk)
In the Novels, Roland Deschain is the last living member of a knightly order known as gunslingers and the last of the line of “Arthur Eld”, his world’s analogue of King Arthur. Politically organized along the lines of a feudal society, it shares technological and social characteristics with the American Old West but is also magical. Many of the magical aspects have vanished from Mid-World, but traces remain as do relics from a technologically advanced society. Roland’s quest is to find the Dark Tower, a fabled building said to be the nexus of all universes. Roland’s world is said to have “moved on”, and it appears to be coming apart at the seams. Mighty nations have been torn apart by war, entire cities and regions vanish without a trace and time does not flow in an orderly fashion. Sometimes, even the sun rises in the north and sets in the east. As the series opens, Roland’s motives, goals and age are unclear, though later instalments shed light on these mysteries.