NEWS - THE DARK TOWER
Quint saw the first Dark Tower footage at CinemaCon and says it's kind of a fuckin' bummer. Read his thoughts here.
I hope my nervousness surrounding this footage is unfounded and let me tell you that there'll be no one happier than me if I leave that theater at the end of July with a big ol' grin on my face, but based on the few minutes I saw today I'm less optimistic of that happening than I was before.
Here is another recap from Gizmodo and one from Hollywood Reporter.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma Posted: March 28, 2017, 08:56:25
The first look at The Dark Tower came this Monday during Cinemacon, the annual gathering of cinema owners from around the globe and Hollywood studios who come to Las Vegas to show their wares. Here is a recap of what was shown.
"The war is over, gunslinger," says the Man in Black — a purrier-than-usual Matthew McConaughey in this case — and thus begins the first footage ever seen from Sony Pictures' adaptation of the Stephen King saga The Dark Tower.
The two minutes or so played like a trailer, showing scenes from the epic, era-spanning post-apocalyptic story that King began in the early 1980s. McConaughey plays the Man in Black, a timeless villain who seems in the film version to have ... the Force?
Wearing a simple black shirt and pants, the Man in Black's abilities include stopping bullets between his fingers without looking, moving fallen shards of glass out of his umbra and other telekinetic abilities that would impress Yoda himself. Even if he was just trying.
And then there's Roland the Gunslinger, played by Idris Elba, the last of an ancient order of protectors who roam the wasteland. We first met Roland in The Gunslinger, and like the books, his abilities lie mostly in the chambers of two heavy six-shooters.
We see Jake and Roland walking in front of the wreckage of war, and at one point, during the chaos of some kind of raid, Jake is being stolen away by one of the Man in Black's goons. Roland looks to the ground and takes along pause, raising his pistol of to some unseen target, waiting until his instincts tell him to fire. The bullet whizzes through various points in time, then finds its mark — Jake's kidnapper is dropped to the ground and the boy is ostensibly saved in a single shot.
Other visions we glimpsed: The tower falling (!!!) and its reverberations rippling through time, giant moons eclipsing on the horizon in the Gunslinger's realm, a wall with the phrase "All Hail the Crimson King!" scrawled in red as the Man in Black walks past and a major showdown between Roland and Black in an abandoned building.
Head over to Mashable for full recap.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma
Thanks to Bryant Burnette we can now see The Dark Tower movie poster hanging at an actual movie theatre. How cool is that. This is finally happening!
It also confirms that the first one we saw was cut at the bottom. Here we can clearly see that Roland and Jake are in fact standing on something.
It also shows that the top of the first poster we saw was also cut. The difference here isn’t as big but it shows more of the ground.
Thanks to Bryant Burnette. Posted: March 19, 2017, 08:53:52
Here is the first poster for The Dark Tower movie.
And if you make it negative you can clearly see The Tower.
And if you turn it upside down you can see The Man in Black.
What do you all thin!
Thanks to Lou Sytsma & Omar Herrera Posted: March 5, 2017, 23:54:07
The Dark Tower had some additional scenes filmed in LA this weekend.
Idris Elba as he jumped straight into shooting scenes for his new action movie The Dark Tower in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Wearing a number of layers, he sported a padded waistcoat and utility belt over his scratched leather pants, while a crowd appeared to form around the film's set.
Looking as though his character had been rolling around in the dirt, Idris completed his costume with white blood stained wraps around his hands and a bag draped across his body, resting on his back.
For more photos head over to Daily Mail.
Ron Howard posted this photo of him, Matthew McConaughey & Akiva Goldsman from the set.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma & Anders Jakobson Posted: March 3, 2017, 08:28:47
Katheryn Winnick talks The Dark Tower in this interview.
New Dark Tower figures are coming... Will you get them?
Thanks to Maurizio Ragusa Posted: February 14, 2017, 10:43:21
Now you can listen to the song from the trailer to The Dark Tower on Spotify or Amazon.
So, what does this mean? That a trailer will soon be out? Hopefully but we really don't know. It is about time though. Keep checking back and we'll update you when we know more.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma Posted: January 26, 2017, 08:37:24
Here is an interview with Matthew McConaughey about Gold but in the end (2.40 into the interview) he talks about The Dark Tower's The Man in Black.
And here is another section from a Gold interview.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma
Here are the first Dark Tower toys. Both figures will be released from Diamond Toys in July and sold for $9.99. You can get yours here.
A Diamond Select Toys release! May your days be long upon the Earth, and may you have plenty of Vinimates! Anticipation for the film adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower is at an all-time high, and DST is tackling the new film with a line of Vinimates vinyl figures! These 4-inch designer figures of the Gunslinger and the Man in Black are based on the upcoming film, striking poses straight from the movie, and sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style. Both feature articulated necks for further posing options. Each comes packaged in a full-color window box.
Will you be getting one?
Thanks to Lou Sytsma Posted: January 18, 2017, 22:08:00
Matthew McConaughey talks The Dark Tower in this interview.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma
Here is an interview with Matthew McConaughey. Matthew talks about why he picked The Dark Tower over Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and he says "We’ve done the first one" maybe implying they'll do more, perhaps they're talking film 2 now, who knows...
Thanks to Douglas Dowie
Sony recently released a promotional photo for The Dark Tower on Twitter.
Here is a new photo from The Dark Tower movie showing Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black.
This book looks more and more interesting if you ask me...
The Making of the Dark Tower
The Art of the Film
By Daniel Wallace
This deluxe, illustrated official companion to the Dark Tower movie—based on Stephen King’s bestselling seven volume series—explores the art and creation of this extraordinary film, starring Idris Elba as The Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as his nemesis, The Man in Black.
A gorgeous celebration of the art and creation of the Dark Tower movie, The Making of the Dark Tower includes interviews with actors and the director, the costume designer, and the set designer. From revealing how casting found the stars and the photography team scouted key locations, thoughts on where the Dark Tower can go from here, the book is organized into five parts.
Part I: The Path to the Tower discusses the origins of the saga and its thematic and cultural influences. Part II: The Gunslinger and the Man in Black profiles the two characters as two opposing forces. Part III: Mid-World is a journey through the bizarre wasteland of interdimensional detritus that is Mid-World. Part IV: Keystone World might be our Earth, but the Keystone World of the Dark Tower universe is also rocked by quakes and stretched thin by interdimensional stress. Part V: The Dark Tower is the wrap-up section collecting insights from the film’s major players, sharing their favorite memories and looking back on the journey that led them to this point.
Over three decades ago Stephen King introduced readers to Roland Deschain, the last Gunslinger. In 2003 King wrote the last of seven novels in the Dark Tower series. Now fans of the book and of the movie will welcome this big, beautiful, full-color book that they’ll need for their collections.
The Sombra app got an update today and if you go to the employees section (and login) you can now take a "Shine test".
How td you login then you might ask? Well, I got this receipt when I got my copy of Charlie the Choo Choo at The Manhattan Restaurant of the Mind.
Here is a short interview with Katheryn Winnick who star in the upcoming Dark Tower movie. Winnick’s character hasn’t been revealed yet but during the conference call she came close to accidentally letting it slip.
“I play a character that’s in the novels as well,” offered Winnick. “I assume I’m not allowed to talk about who I play. (Laughing) I was this/close about giving it away! That was almost a massive slip-up. But I will say this, I have some great scenes with Matthew McConaughey who I love working with. I worked with him years and years ago on Failure to Launch – one of my very first movies. So, it was nice to reunite with him. He plays a very interesting character.”
Thanks to Lou Sytsma Posted: November 3, 2016, 19:42:40
According to King’s official site The Dark Tower movie will be released on July 28, 2017.Posted: November 3, 2016, 16:41:20
Entertainment Weekly reported today that the filmversion of The Dark Tower, originally set to premier February 17 now has been pushed forward to Summer 2017.
Principal photography for the Nikolaj Arcel-directed film wrapped on schedule in late July, but the plan to have a completed film ready to screen six months later proved to be overly ambitious. Now, Sony Pictures and production company MRC have decided post-production can’t be finished in that timeframe and are about to inform theater owners of the change.
Sources close to the movie tell EW it’s a matter of needing deadline extensions on the visual effects, as well as more lead-up to promote the film.
Only four months from release, there’s still no trailer. And the film recently dropped out of EW’s PopFest a week before the fan gathering, with the studio indicating the footage set to be previewed wasn’t ready. Ever since, fans have been speculating that the movie might be wavering on its February target.
A new release date wasn’t available, the sources said, because a new weekend hasn’t been selected yet. A formal announcement is expected as soon as that’s settled.
Read the article here. Posted: October 25, 2016, 00:59:39
Something from The Dark Tower movie was supposed to have been shown at EW’s PopFest but today it was reported that things have changed and there won’t be a clip shown…
Thanks to Lou Sytsma Posted: October 18, 2016, 09:24:28
A book with the title The Making of the Dark Tower: The Art of the Film will be released by Scribner in January 2017. Not much info about it has been released so we can only guess what it is but it sounds interesting. More info as soon as we get it.
Pre-order your copy here.
Thanks to Hans von Wirth
Will Ron Howard step back behind the camera to direct film in The Dark Tower series? Here is his answer:
“I'm in the role of executive producer. [Director] Nick Arcel has done a terrific job on the [first] movie. I really... I've just recently seen a first cut, so he's still hard at work on it. But it's really impressive. He's done a great job. Stephen King is really happy with what he's read, and knows about. And we do hope to take it on into television and, you know, I love that world. I love that universe. So I can't make any commitments, but I've stayed with that project all of these years for a real reason, and I hope to be as close to it as I can be.”
Thanks to Lou Sytsma Posted: October 10, 2016, 21:15:38
An unfinished version of the trailer for The Dark Tower surfaced earlier today on Internet. Some of the FX was missing and the quality wasn’t the best but it gave you an idea of what to expect. Most links isn’t working any longer (removed by request of Sony) and for that reason I’m not posting any links here on Lilja’s Library but I’m sure you can find one by Google it.Posted: September 23, 2016, 08:27:52
Sombra has something coming...could it be a trailer for The Dark Tower?
Thanks to Nigel Williams Posted: September 2, 2016, 18:06:11
Ron Howard & Brian Grazer talks The Dark Tower In this article (scroll down for the Dark Tower part).
Thanks to Lou Sytsma & Rick Urban
Ron Howard talks about The Dark Tower in this article.
Thanks to Ariel Bosi
New teaser photo from The Dark Tower.
First footage from The Dark Tower will be shown at Entertainment Weekly's POPFEST.
Entertainment Weekly is proud to present POPFEST – the ultimate pop culture event of the year!
From October 29-30, 2016, The Reef in Downtown LA will come to life with our first-ever festival showcasing the biggest names and most exciting acts in entertainment – including a very special screening of the very first footage from the film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower.
For more info, visit their webiste: http://ewpopfest.com Posted: July 31, 2016, 00:32:20
Here is a clip where Idris Elba Explains Roland's Relationship with the Man in Black.
The Dark Tower wraps production after 15 weeks.
According to Jo Blo, production on the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King’s novels has finally come to completion. Filming took place for 15 weeks and began in South Africa in April 2016. Some scenes were also shot in New York City.
Anthony Breznican interviews Idris Elba for Entertainment Weekly. Check out the clip here.
Entertainment Weekly have a surprice for you. It seems that their Dark Tower cover has a secret.
Here’s how it works:
Start by downloading the app from TheSombraGroup.com for Apple or Android. (It will come in handy in the future for other things as well.)
Sombra, as readers of The Dark Tower know, is the friendly-looking business front in our world for the followers of The Crimson King, a chaos god who wants to collapse the Tower that stands at the nexus of all reality.
This conglomerate blends the magic of other realms with the technology of our own, opening portals between dimensions and allowing mortals to see things that would normally be hidden from view.
With the Sombra app engaged, turn the camera to your copy of EW’s Dark Tower cover and watch what happens.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma Posted: July 15, 2016, 12:56:40
Here is a clip from the set of The Dark Tower.
Here is the third part of Entertainment Weekly's coverage of The Dark Tower. In this article we find out what the film changes and keeps from King's books. They confirm that the movie is a sequel to the book and not an adaptation. The article also confirm that Eddie and Susannah won't be in the movie but if there is a sequel (depending on how successful this first movie is) they will.
Read the entire article here. Posted: July 14, 2016, 18:34:31
Here is Entertainment Weekly's interview with Matthew McConaughey about The Dark Tower.
Don't miss their interview with Idris Elba.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma Posted: July 14, 2016, 17:12:13
Entertainment Weekly will in it's latest issue devot a lot of space to The Dark Tower. Here’s what you’ll find in the issue:
Exclusive photos, showing the vast plains of Mid-World, the shadowy Dixie Pig hideaway of the demons who infest our world, and the visions of a boy named Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) who is either the key to saving the mythic Tower or the instrument of its destruction.
Revelations from director Nikolaj Arcel (the Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair, and one of King’s lifelong Constant Readers) about where the story picks up, which elements from the novels are being explored – and which are being left out.
Elba on the redemption story of Roland, who has “forgotten the face of his father” (or lost his way) in his relentless pursuit of the Man in Black. The actor also comments for the first time about race-swapping the Gunslinger, who until now has always been depicted as white.
McConaughey on the loneliness of evil, the reasons his villain “reveres” the hero chasing him, and why The Man in Black has taken a real shine to present-day New York City.
Finally, as an extra treat, King himself weighs in on the film, explains what he asked to change in the script, and provides new insight into how the Tower saga connects to some of his other books, like The Shining, The Stand, and one long-ago short story.
You can read their interview with Idris Elba here.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma and Rick Urban Posted: July 12, 2016, 01:56:57
Looks like Tom Taylor (Jake) is done shooting The Dark Tower.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma Posted: July 11, 2016, 21:31:39
Here are some photos from another Dark Tower scene with Roland and a bad guy.
Here is one where you can see Idris Elba's body-double.
Thanks to Maurizio Ragusa And Ariel Bosi
Here are two photos of Jake and Roland. Not sure if they are from the movie or taken between takes.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma
Here is a photo of Roland and one of the bad guys and if you look close you’ll see that the man has a knife in his back in the first photo (only the handle is sticking out) and then on the second photo it’s gone. On the second photo Roland is also holding in something. Could that be the knife’s handle? We don’t see the blade but maybe, just maybe, they will add a huge blade with CGI later on? What do you think?
Here are some photos that shows an action scene from The Dark Tower movie. As far as I can make out there is a shootout of some kind between Roland (Idris Elba) and Sayre (Jackie Earle Haley) in New York. And if you look close at Hackie’s face you can see small dots there. My guess is that they are there so that they can add some CGI on his face later on.
There is also a photo of Roland running (click on the photo for a better view) holding something in his hand. I can’t see what it is though…
Here are a few photos from the set of The Dark Tower. These where taken in Dumbo Brooklyn.
Thanks to Omar Herrera Posted: July 8, 2016, 16:35:48
The Dark Tower changes location in New York.
Here are more interesting photos from The Dark Tower.
For more photos head over to Gothamist
Thanks to Hans von Wirth Posted: July 8, 2016, 09:43:43
Here are some very interesting news. On July 22 Beryl Evans will attend Comic Con and sign her book Charlie the Cho Cho.
Evans who? You might ask.
Well, Beryl Evans is a fictional author from The Dark Tower who wrote the book Charlie the Cho Cho and now she is at Comic Con signing her book.
What does this mean?
Well, that is hard to say but I would guess that there will be some kind of Dark Tower event at Comic Con this year. Exactly what we don’t know yet though.
Beryl Evans is the name of the author who wrote Charlie the Choo-Choo. In Wolves of the Calla, Beryl Evans' name is changed to Claudia y Inez Bachman when Eddie Dean and Jake Chambers go todash and visit The Manhattan Restaurant of the Mind.
Thanks to Ed for this find! Posted: July 7, 2016, 15:27:12
On a question about the plot of The Dark Tower, about where the first movie will start and so on go this reply from the moderator of King’s board.
No official announcements have been made about the plot or the additional cast members and won't be until later this month.
So, that makes me hope that we’ll know more about all this soon… Posted: July 7, 2016, 10:58:31
Here is a clip of Roland and Jake in New York during the filming of The Dark Tower.
Thanks to Steve Seebode
Here are two more photos from the set of The Dark Tower. This is probably the house (Dutch Hill Mansion) that Jake goes to to get back into Midworld.
Thanks to Douglas Dowie Posted: July 6, 2016, 08:55:34
Here are the first film clip from the set of The Dark Tower. What you see is the prepping of some child extras on location in Madison Square Park, New York City, June 30, 2016.
Thanks to Dimitris Tso
Now we have photos of all three main characters from The Dark Tower movie. Eddie and Susanna might appear but so far we only know for sure that The Man in Black, Jake and Roland will be in this one and below you can see all three from this weekend’s filming in New York.
Click on the image for a bigger version. Posted: July 3, 2016, 22:34:30
Here are some photos of Roland and Jake in New York. Head over here for more.
Thanks to Maurizio Ragusa Posted: July 2, 2016, 19:24:11
Idris Elba as The Gunslinger in New York.
Thanks to Maurizio Ragusa Posted: July 1, 2016, 08:51:19
Here are the first photos of Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma and Maurizio RagusaVisa Posted: June 30, 2016, 10:34:31
Another Dark Tower note. This one at 27th str. Bet. 5th and Madison.
The Dark Tower is taking over New York. Have you seen anything? Tell me! Do you have photos? Send them to me!
Thanks to Burial Posted: June 29, 2016, 21:21:13
The Dark Tower will be filming in New York this weekend according to OLV.
Here is where they will be this weekend:
Thursday, 6/30: 27th St and Madison Ave, NYC
Thursday 6/30 – Friday, July 1: Walker St, NYC
Friday, 7/1 White St and Broadway, NYC
Saturday, July 2: 26th St and 3rd Ave, NYC
Read the entire article here.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma
Here is an interview with Matthew McConaughey and in the end he mentions The Dark Tower:
He bids me goodbye to return to The Dark Tower, in which he plays the villainous Man in Black to Idris Elba’s dystopian sci-fi Western hero. Even in that world, good and evil are relative depending on whose shoes you’re standing in. McConaughey considered whether his Walter Padick, the greatest villain in the Stephen King multiverse, would believe himself to be evil incarnate. He pauses. “He sure doesn’t think he is,” he says. “A good villain believes he’s a minister of peace.”
Thanks to Lou Sytsma Posted: May 19, 2016, 15:39:25
King posted a photo of the Horn of Eld on Twitter.
Thanks to Jonathan Leonard Posted: May 18, 2016, 08:31:13
For those seeking an early preview of how the February 2017 film is coming together, Entertainment Weekly presents this podcast version of our conversation with King himself, as well as director and co-writer Nikolaj Arcel.
In the pod you’ll hear the two men describe approximately where the film will pick up within the storyline of King’s books, and both address why Elba was the right choice for Roland the Gunslinger — and why McConaughey was chosen as the sinister, shape-shifting Man in Black.
Here are the first photos of Idris Elba as Roland The Gunslinger.
Read the entire article over at Mail Online. Posted: May 16, 2016, 15:11:48
Matthew McConaughey and his family landed in South Africa on Sunday.
Read more here.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma Posted: May 10, 2016, 15:15:12
Here are two photos from actress Kathryn Winnick Instagram. She is in Cape Town shooting The Dark Tower movie. It's still unknown who she will play...
Thanks to Lou Sytsma Posted: May 8, 2016, 23:57:39
More The Dark Tower casting news. This one is from comicbook.com.
The Tracking Board is reporting that Claudia Kim (7th Grade Civil Servant, Marco Polo) has joined the cast of the feature film adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower.
Kim, 31, is expected to play Arra Champignon, the kind-hearted, pregnant wife of Charles Champignon. The couple are ambushed by Farson's men, and she ends up getting raped, murdered and having her baby cut from her womb, all while her husband is forced to watch.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma Posted: May 3, 2016, 23:40:57
The Dark Tower has appeared on the list on movies that will or are shooting in New York. We don't know when or where it will shoot but it looks like some of it will be shot in New York. Let me know if you see Roland strolling up Manhattan...
Thanks to Lou Sytsma.
Here are the latest Dark Tower casting reported by Deadline.
Two weeks into the start of shooting in South Africa, The Dark Tower is beefing up its cast with the addition of Michael Barbieri, I’ve learned. Reps for the 14-year-old are deep in talks to have him join the highly anticipated Nikolaj Arcel-directed adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling series, set to come out on Presidents Day weekend next year.
Barbieri is slated to play the role of Timmy. Showing up in The Waste Lands book from 1992, the character is an offbeat pal to the Jake Chambers character, to be played by Tom Taylor.
Thanks to Douglas Dowie. Posted: April 29, 2016, 16:40:19
This article has been out for a few weeks but there are some quotes from King that might be of interest.
“[The movie] starts in media res, in the middle of the story instead of at the beginning, which may upset some of the fans a little bit, but they’ll get behind it, because it is the story,”
“They’re still holding on to this idea that they can do a TV series, and they’ve got it pegged for that, and it would seem everyone involved is waiting to see if the movie clicks with audiences before going all in with a massive franchise. Other people have tried fantasy spectacle. Sometimes it works, sometimes it works really well when it’s based on a series of books, like 'The Hunger Games' or 'Harry Potter,' and sometimes it doesn’t. What I have to go back to is this: We have Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, two great actors. You’ve got a great production team and Akiva Goldsman as the primary script writer. The team is in place, so we’ll hope for the best.”
Director Nikolaj Arcel said this:
“A lot of it takes place in our day, in the modern world”
Thanks to Herbert West Posted: April 28, 2016, 09:50:07
Vikings star Katheryn Winnick has signed up for The Dark Tower her rep tells EW. No news on who she will play has been released yet...
Today with social media things are showing up so much faster than usually. In the live chat I had this las Tuesday I was actually asked when we would see photos from the filming of The Dark Tower and I guessed in late May. Today the first ones are here…
I have collected what I found online and if you find other, please let me know so that I can add them.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma and Herbert West Posted: April 25, 2016, 00:20:12
Over at Ain't it cool news Quint chats with Anders Thomas Jensen about his part in the script for The Dark Tower. Not much is new though...
Thanks to Douglas Dowie
Fran Kranz has been cast as Pimli, the right hand man of the Man in Black, in the movie version of The Dark Tower.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Thanks to Lou Sytsma Posted: April 21, 2016, 10:36:40
Here is a clip from CinemaCon where Matthew McConaughey comments on The Dark Tower and The Man in Black.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma
So, what could this be? Fan made or promotion for the upcoming Dark Tower film? You decide.
Thanks to Gordon W. Olson and Lou Sytsma. Posted: April 15, 2016, 01:01:51
Deadline reports that Jackie Earle Haley in negotiations for a co-starring role opposite Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey in The Dark Tower.
Haley will play Sayre, a menacing humanoid who is the vampire leader and kowtows to no one.
Here is a description of Sayre from The Dark Tower WiKi.
Richard Patrick Sayre is a high-ranking can-toi and a member of the Sombra Corporation. He has the usual low man fashion sense, dressing himself in a garish suit. He also has the pool of blood on his forehead that never spills over.
As revealed in Wolves of the Calla, Sayre lured Father Callahan to Sombra's offices by offering a million dollars to the charity he was working for. It was a trap, where Sayre intended to use Type Three vampires to give Callahan AIDS. His plan failed when Callahan committed suicide by jumping out the window.
In Song of Susannah and The Dark Tower, Sayre is the man in charge of delivering Mia's baby. He calls Susannah/Mia in their hotel room, telling them to go to the Dixie Pig. He takes them through the door into Fedic, where Mia is placed on a bed to deliver Mordred Deschain. After his birth, Susannah grabs a gun and shoots Sayre in the head.
At CinemaCon Sony Pictures announced that The Dark Tower has started filming.Posted: March 10, 2016, 22:53:56
Entertainment Weekly reports that Tom Taylor has been cast as Jake Chambers in The Dark Tower Movie.
Sources close to the production have confirmed to EW that newcomer Tom Taylor will play the key role of Jake Chambers, a young boy who Roland crosses paths with in the series’ first book on his hunt of the man in black. Taylor previously appeared in the BBC series Doctor Foster and also showed up in the now-cancelled TNT series, Legends, as the younger version of Sean Bean’s protagonist, Martin Odum.
Read more here.
Thanks to Hans von Wirth Posted: March 5, 2016, 20:03:52
Sony Pictures has announced a slight shuffle in their 2017 release schedule and moved The Dark Tower back a month. New release date is now February 17, 2017.
The Dark Tower, which it was recently revealed will begin production in seven weeks in South Africa, has moved from its original release date of January 13, 2017 to February 17, 2017. An adaptation of the Stephen King novel series, the film will open against Universal Pictures and
Legendary Pictures’ The Great Wall and 20th Century Fox’s Maze Runner: The Death Cure. Nikolaj Arcel will direct the film which stars Idris Elba as Roland “The Gunslinger” Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as the evil Man in black.
Source: Coming Soon.
Thanks to Rick Urban. Posted: March 4, 2016, 00:04:14
Here is an interesting look at the Akiva Goldsman/Jeff Pinkner draft for The Dark Tower movie. We don't know though if that is actually the script they will use...but it's interesting reading.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma and Douglas Dowie
A lot of stuff has not been confirmed about The Dark Tower movie:
- Nikolaj Arcel will start shooting the movie in South Africa in seven weeks.
- The Premier date is January 13 2017.
- The first movie won’t be based on the first book. Based on clues given by Arcel it’ll probably be based on the third book, The Waste Lands.
- Idris Elba is confirmed to play Roland.
- Matthew McConaughey is based to play The Man in Black.
- Abbey Lee will likely play Tirana.
“The thing is, it’s been a looong trip from the books to the film,” King says, putting it right in context: “When you think about it, I started these stories as a senior in college, sitting in a little sh-tty cabin beside the river in Maine, and finally this thing is actually in pre-production now.” He laughs. “I’m delighted, and I’m a little bit surprised.”
About the movie not being based on the first book.
King says the movie will open with the first line from the first book. “It should start that way,” he says. “I’ve been pretty insistent about that.”
“[The movie] starts in media res, in the middle of the story instead of at the beginning, which may upset some of the fans a little bit, but they’ll get behind it, because it is the story,” King says.
Arcel declined to specify which books his movie focus on, but he did offer this clue: “A lot of it takes place in our day, in the modern world.”
King and Arcel on Elba.
The author, who raves about Elba’s recent work in the child-soldier drama Beasts of No Nation, says he hopes fans of the books have no problem accepting a man of color as Roland. “For me the character is still the character. It’s almost a Sergio Leone character, like ‘the man with no name,’” King says. “He can be white or black, it makes no difference to me. I think it opens all kind of exciting possibilities for the backstory.”
Arcel acknowledges that skin color actually was an important factor in the relationship between Roland and Susannah, the black amputee he drew into his world from her life in 1964. In the books, she is not thrilled to find herself yanked into another dimension by a grizzled white guy. “Some fans are asking, understandably, ‘What about the racial tension?’” Arcel says. “But as the story progresses that will be made clear, how we’ll deal with all those things.”
Read the full article here.
Thanks to Alex Maidy. Posted: February 18, 2016, 22:15:25
Is today April 1st? No? OK then…
If it’s correct that Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey will play Roland and Flagg a third role has now been cast. Deadline reports that Abbey Lee will play, and I quote, “the female lead role of Tirana”.
If you’re like me you’re now asking “who is Tirana? And why are they calling it a lead?”
Well this is Tirana:
A low woman in the Dixie Pig. Partner of Andrew. She struck the sköldpadda from Callahan’s hands
I don’t know about you but IF this is true it worries me a lot. What part of the story are they adapting and what are they focusing on? Posted: February 10, 2016, 00:15:54
In an interview with Rolling Stone King talked about The Dark Tower movie. Here are some of the things he said:
"It looks to me like it's more likely than not it'll happen at this point. Let's put it that way."
"I think that it's more likely than not that Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey will be in it. But I can't say with any certainty. I know that they're trying to make deals with these actors [and] with Sony, and that's the extent of my knowledge."
King also said he want to write about Jericho Hill:
"I'm never done with The Dark Tower. The thing about The Dark Tower is that those books were never edited, so I look at them as first drafts. And by the time I got to the fifth or sixth book, I'm thinking to myself, 'This is really all one novel.' It drives me crazy. The thing is to try to find the time to rewrite them. There's a missing element – a big battle at a place called Jericho Hill. And that whole thing should be written; I've thought about it several times, and I don't know how to get into it."
"I'd have to go back, read all the material before I could get myself in a frame of mind to do that. So, man, I just don't know. I'm a pretty instinctual writer, and I don’t have any game plan. I’m very unprofessional about that part of it; I can strap myself down in a chair and write every day, but the ideas come when they come. Maybe it will come time to write the Jericho Hill thing one day too."
Thanks to Lou Sytsma & Dimitris Tso Posted: January 9, 2016, 22:35:04
Looks like the casting of Idris Elba is a bit more solid than just a rumor. Akiva Goldsman, who is writing and producing the project, spoke to IGN at the 2016 winter Television Critics Association press tour while promoting his new WGN America series Underground.
"I think Idris Elba is the greatest possible idea for casting for Roland, and I'm unbelievably proud of it as a collaborator on this enterprise and because I think that he's a great actor and I couldn't be more thrilled that he is likely to play a part," Goldsman said. "I understand that people who are thoughtful about the storytelling and the racial politics of the storytelling might want to understand how that informs that storytelling, and I respect that and I hear that, and those things are not things we didn't think about or don't think about. The racist a--holes should go f--k themselves."
When asked to clarify whether changing the race of Roland was part of the initial conception of the movie or something that came about in the casting, Goldsman said,
"100 percent it was literally, entirely who do we think the best guy for the job is and can we get him. That was it."
"For me, casting is an extrapolation. As soon as you are having an actor play a character, whether they be living or fictional, it's different. Movies are not lives, movies are not books," he said. "I think what we do as filmmakers is we interpret, and you are welcome to agree with our interpretation at any turn, but I encourage you to do it based on thoughtful, aesthetic acceptance and open-heartedness and not bias."
My reactions from this is this:
1. Please don’t think that everyone that don’t want Elba as Roland are racists. I know I’m not.
2. The line "I think what we do as filmmakers is we interpret” is making me a bit worried that they might not follow the book as much as interpret the books.
I guess we’ll see come January 27 next year…
Thanks to Douglas Dowie Posted: December 12, 2015, 14:44:10
The news or rather rumor that Idris Elba is considered to play Roland The Gunslinger has absolutely exploded on Internet. People have argued that it's a good thing and that it's a bad thing. King himself commented that it doesn't matter to him.
The once that's against Elba as Roland is it basically because it would mess up the relationship between Roland and Detta/Odetta where she is a black woman that hates Roland because he's white.
The once that are for Elba as Roland on the other hand claims that the story could be altered and still work and that we could still get the conflict between Roland and Detta /Odetta.
Personally I thing much of the relationship between Roland ans Detta/Odetta would be lost if they were both black. But if someone in advance would have told me that the ending of The Mist would have been better when changed I might not have believed that either so I guess anything is possible I just don't see it now.
What I'm surprised by is that no one seems to ask WHY they want to change it! The only reason I can see is that they either think that the story itself will be better or that they can't find someone who will do Roland better or as good as Elba. I don't believe in either of those two reasons and if so they are just changing it for the changing itself and that is just plain wrong if you ask me.
So, until someone gives me a good reason as to why they should change King's (in my opinion good story) and risk it not being as good I'm voting "No" on Elba.
King comments on Idris Elba playing Roland.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma Posted: December 10, 2015, 11:55:10
According to Deadline Idris Elba is the front-runner to play Roland Deschain In The Dark Tower. Deadline isn't revealing a source for this and no one seems to want to comment on it so I would just treat this as a RUMOR for now and if you ask me, an unlikely to happen rumor.
But if it would happen, what would you think about it?
Thanks to Dimitris Tso Posted: December 8, 2015, 11:51:21
In a recent Reddit AMA Ron Howard was asked about the status of The Dark Tower movie, and while he did say that work is being done, it turns out that there’s no guarantee that the work will ever actually lead to anything.
Thanks to Dimitris Tso Posted: November 17, 2015, 08:36:21
Will Matthew McConaughey play Flagg in the upcoming movie version of The Dark Tower? Or will be play Roland The Gunslinger? Well rumor says that he has been offered to play either of these roles. Personally I would prefer Flagg. That way they could also cast him as Flagg in The Stand as it has been rumored earlier. Please note though that this is just a rumor and its source is labeled as ”a person familiar with the project”. So please take it as a rumor for now.
If you could decide, would you cast him as Flagg, Roland or none of them? Posted: August 5, 2015, 23:06:00
Sony has set the release date for The Dark Tower movie to January 13 2017.
Thanks to Craig Trunzo.
Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital just closed the deal with Nikolaj Arcel to direct The Dark Tower,. The Dark Tower focuses on the first book in the series, The Gunslinger, establishing the relationship between Roland and young protege Jake ChambersPosted: June 2, 2015, 22:45:35
Deadline reports that Nikolaj Arcel is the choice to direct The Dark Tower.
EXCLUSIVE: Nikolaj Arcel is the choice to direct The Dark Tower, the Stephen King novel series set in a world woven with magic and revolving around the gunslinger Roland Deschain. I’ve heard talks will begin shortly toward a deal that will have him overseeing a rewrite and directing the film. Sony Pictures Entertainment signed on earlier this year to co-finance the franchise with Media Rights Capital — it gives new topper Tom Rothman a strong franchise play — and now it looks like they’re near to naming the helmer who’ll bring this massively ambitious project to life.
Let's see if it happen this time...
Rick Urban, Lou Sytsma and Douglas Dowie Posted: April 10, 2015, 20:16:34
Sony Pictures has teamed with MRC to co-finance The Dark Tower. Sony will distribute what is planned to be the first in a series of movies. A complementary TV series is also being developed by MRC.
The new script is primarily based on the first book in the series, The Gunslinger, and the relationship between Roland and Jake. The film is a blend of horror and fantasy. The latest draft of the script is co-written by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. It was totally reconceived by Goldsman and Pinkner from the version that had been previously developed and which took root first at Universal and later at Warner Bros. Goldsman is producing through his Weed Road with Imagine Entertainment’s Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins, and I believe the author is also in a producing capacity. Pinkner will be exec producer.
Sony and MRC will go right out after filmmakers with this script, and put this on the fast track that hard-core fans of King’s book have long desired. Numerous stars including Javier Bardem and Russell Crowe have eyed the role of the gunslinger, but that role won’t be filled until after the director is set.
King, who options his works for $1 and likes to see progress, has been incredibly patient as this mammoth project — it’s his answer to Tolkien’s Middle Earth novels — has taken its time and its twists and turns. He’s sparked about where the project is now.
“I’m excited that The Dark Tower is finally going to appear on the screen,” he said in a statement. “Those who have traveled with Roland and his friends in their search for the Dark Tower are going to have their long-held hopes fully realized. This is a brilliant and creative approach to my books.”
Tom RothmanSaid Rothman: “There are few projects out there that compare with the scope, vision, complex characters and fully drawn world that Stephen King has created with The Dark Tower. I am a giant fan. And, as Stephen himself does, we love the direction that Akiva and Jeff have taken. This is a great opportunity for a director to put his or her stamp on a cool global franchise.”
King talks about The Dark Tower Movie.
"Sooner or later, it'll show up"
- Stephen King
Thanks to Lou Sytsma Posted: June 26, 2014, 08:36:44
Here are some really cool news about The Dark Tower movie(s). As you all know by now it’s not going to happen in the direct feature but not that long ago Ron Howard planed three movies with a TV series in between each and for those he asked concept artist and illustrator Gregory Hill to some concept art for it. And now Hill has published those on his website.
They also did two videos to show you Tull.
Thanks to Ari Posted: June 19, 2014, 10:02:42
The Dark Tower is NOT back on and it's not beeing cast according to Akiva Goldsman.
This is still just a rumor so take it for that and nothing else as for now.
Schmoe Ville reports that:
Ron Howard is going to make this with MRC and Imagine for around 60 million or so. And he’s likely doing this next. There’s going to be a TV series as well since it’s MRC and I’m thinking it may end up being at Netflix.
I hear Liam Neeson is interested.
How much of this is the truth remains to be seen tough but please let me know what you think of Neeson as Roland? Good or Bad?
Aaron Paul as Eddie Dean? Well, maybe. This is from Cinema Blend:
We’ve heard this before. But Paul was in Sundance recently promoting a new film, and was asked by Ain’t It Cool News about the Dark Tower books and whether he’d ever been considered for Dean. The character is a strung-out junkie pulled into a mystical realm by the story’s main hero, Roland, a gunslinger. Dean becomes a hero, despite his numerous flaws. Sounds a lot like Jessie, no? Anyway, Paul says that he hasn’t read all of the books (there are seven), but dropped this huge bomb:
Here is what he said...
I've had a ton of meetings on that. I just had a general sit down with Ron Howard, who is a huge fan of the show, which is such a crazy thing to even think that Ron Howard even knows who I am. They're definitely planning on making it. … I'm excited. Their goal is to do three films, but also have a television element to it, which will be very interesting. From what I hear, Eddie Dean is a pretty epic, iconic character.
Thanks to Gordon W. Olson Posted: September 16, 2013, 08:33:41
The Truth Inside the Lie has found an interesting (but not hopeful) interview with Ron Howard about The Dark Tower.
Empire: I'm sure your vow of silence will cover it, but...Stephen King himself appears in The Dark Tower. Have you thought about how you might tackle that?
Howard: Yes! And I will admit that Stephen said, "I don't have to be in this." But that's not to say that he won't be!
Here are the latest news about The Dark Tower Movie.
After getting rejected by two studios on an ambitious multi-platform treatment of Stephen King’s seminal novel series The Dark Tower, Grazer, Howard, Akiva Goldsman and King streamlined their original ambition to adapt nine volumes into three features and two limited-run TV series. Now, Media Rights Capital is committed to make a single movie with Russell Crowe as the gunslinger Roland Deschain, with more movies coming if the first gets results. This isn’t set in stone, as Grazer tells me that he has just been approached by a Silicon Valley investor willing to finance Dark Tower as originally constructed, Now it’s a matter of deciding what path to take.
So, what do you Think? Will Russell Crowe be a good Roland?
Thanks to Herbert, Anders and Ari Posted: May 3, 2013, 08:32:14
In an interview with Netflix’s Chief Content Office, Ted Sarandos, the question about The Dark Tower came up. No confirmation but not a denial either...
Arrested Development creator Ron Howard has also been circling Stephen King’s The Dark Tower – any chance Netflix could pick it up?
I spoke to Ron about it, actually. The last time we talked about it the thing was being kicked about HBO – but it’s no longer there. Once Arrested Development gets through we’ll keep talking about it.
What do you think? Can Netflix pull it off? Posted: August 21, 2012, 23:03:28
Is The Dark Tower on again? Well, Deadline posted this update:
Media Rights Capital is in serious talks to take on The Dark Tower after Warner Bros declined to make what potentially amounts to three feature films and two limited run TV series. MRC’s Modi Wiczyk is a big fan of the Stephen King novel series, I hear, and the company is eager to capitalize on the positive momentum they got from developing and financing the Seth MacFarlane-directed summer sleeper hit Ted with Mark Wahlberg. MRC next has the Neill Blomkamp-directed Elysium with Matt Damon, and the company has the capital to back an ambitious project like The Dark Tower with director Ron Howard eyeing Russell Crowe as the gunslinger Roland Deschain and his quest to travel through a Western-style world woven with magic to find the Dark Tower, mankind’s only hope. Akiva Goldsman adapted the book and is producing along with Brian Grazer and Stephen King. Even though MRC was unavailable to comment, I expect this deal to make quickly. MRC has a distribution arrangement with Universal, but it’s unclear whether that studio would release the film. Universal developed it but passed on making the project before it moved to Warner Bros.
Thanks to Gordon W. Olson Posted: August 21, 2012, 08:26:06
Warner has, like Universal passed on The Dark Tower. The studio looked at the package as part of its weekend read and decided to pass.
So, is this the end for the movie version of The Dark Tower? Not according to Ron Howard.
Here are some articles:
Thanks to Rick Urban and Lou Sytsma Posted: August 3, 2012, 13:27:38
Looks like Ron Howard wants Russell Crowe to play Roland... Any thoughts on that?
Deadline reports that within the next two weeks Warners will make a decision on whether to greenlight the very ambitious adaptation that was cut loose from Universal and developed without a studio until Warners started getting interested months ago.
Javier Bardem, who was attached to play Deschain for some time, through multiple stages of the difficult project, is no longer set for the role, says Deadline.
Read more here.
Thanks to Anders Jakobson Posted: May 7, 2012, 11:24:17
Ron Howard tweeted this yesterday:
Spent day today in a story session on...Dark Tower :-) Terrific meeting w/ Akiva Goldsman & Erica Huggins No timetables but very positive
According to Deadline Warner is very close to a deal that will give Ron Howard the chance to direct at least the first feature movie based on King’s The Dark Tower, potentially with Javier Bardem starring as gunslinger Roland Deschain. And Akiva Goldsman (who wrote the script) is producing with Brian Grazer and the author.
Read more here.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma and Rick Urban.
Talk Stephen King caught this interesting news from Ron Howard about The Dark Tower. Not much news but it’s good to see it’s not dead yet…
Thanks to Herbert West
My favorite King blog Talk Stephen King reported the following today.
While Ron Howard signs new deals with HBO, Deadline gives this quote from Akiva Goldsman, “we’re still pushing the boulder uphill.” Deadline says that Goldsman is optimistic that the ambitious project will find a home “very soon.” But he just signed a 2 year deal with HBO to make a series about Doc Holliday. Ron Howard is expected to direct the pilot.
Here is an interview with Ron Howard and the last question deals with The Dark Tower.
THR: What’s the future of Dark Tower?
Howard: We are continuing to work on the script to find ways to make the budget more manageable and still deliver the work in a way that the project deserves. We were always racing and fast-tracking the project, so I always wince when I see something written about it and there’s a release date in there. These kinds of projects often take years to come together in the right ways. But I am in love with the material, and the minute it can come together in the right way, I am fully committed to it. Rush was kind of like a gift. I love stories that center on fascinating characters, and here you have psychologically complex, rare human beings, and they are also young and cool -- and it’s all in this unbelievably glamorous, sexy period in the mid-’70s. And yet, in terms of emotion and the heartbeat of the story, I think they will be very relatable. If you don’t know anything about Formula One, I’m going to present it in such a way that you’ll very likely fall in love with it. If you do know Formula One, I’m going to be very respectful and deliver a film you’ll love, too.
Thanks to Lou Sytsma Posted: October 25, 2011, 22:42:15
Is The Dark Tower moving to HBO? Well, according to Brian Grazer it is. This is what he told MTV:
"We're going to do ['The Dark Tower'] with HBO," Grazer told us. "We'll do the TV with HBO, and we'll do the movie with… to be determined. We'll do it right."
If this is correct it's very good news. HBO is known for thir solid work and huge successes.
Read more here.
Thanks to Gordon W. Olson Posted: October 24, 2011, 11:57:14
Producer Brian Grazer Says $40-50 Million Cut From ‘Dark Tower’ Budget Means “It’s Gonna Get Made”
We spoke to Brian Grazer during the “Tower Heist” press rounds today, and while we could only score a few moments with the prolific producer, he did inform us that the budget has been shaved way back, possibly to the project’s benefit. “We found a way to cut out $45 million out of the budget without changing the scope and actually giving it a good ending,” Grazer said, suggesting a heavily re-worked approach. “In the $140 million draft, the ending wasn’t quite as satisfying. Now, we’ve got $45 million, $50 million out of the way and a really satisfying ending. It’s gonna get made.”
Read more here.Posted: August 17, 2011, 23:30:27
More from Grazer about The Dark Tower movie.
But don't polish up your six-shooters yet: Grazer also stated that none of this will get underway until next year, after Howard finishes his Formula One racing movie Rush. And, yes, Javier Bardem is still attached to star as Roland ... but who knows what wrinkles may arise in an actor's schedule in a year's time?
Thanks to Lou SytsmaPosted: August 17, 2011, 19:50:29
Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman are seeking funding for The Dark Tower movie. Javier Bardem remains attached to play Roland Deschain in the features. And one venue for the TV aspect of the project could end up being Netflix .
Brian Grazer told Page Six:
[We're] trying to get outside financing to make it, and distribute it through a major [studio].
Read more here.Posted: July 21, 2011, 03:20:44
Today King commented on Universal dropping The Dark Tower. Here is a repport from Entertainment Weekly:
Stephen King 'not really surprised' about 'Dark Tower' roadblock -- EXCLUSIVE
With the news that Universal has canceled its planned film-and-TV adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower book series, the author tells EW.com that he’s still optimistic that director Ron Howard will find a home for Roland the Gunslinger on the big (and/or small) screen. “I’m sorry Universal passed, but not really surprised,” he writes in an email. “As a rule, they’ve been about smaller and less risky pix; maybe they feel it would be better to stick with those fast and furious racing boys. I bear them no ill will, and trust Ron Howard to get Roland and his friends before the camera somewhere else. He’s very committed to the project.”
Universal announced today that they are NOT doing The Dark Tower. Now Ron Howard and company have to convince another studio to back them IF they are still interested in bringing The Dark Tower to the movies. Here are some articles about it:
Thanks to Al Mattice, Herbert West, Daniel Taylor, John Scoleri and Ari.
Good news for James Bond fans but not for The Dark Tower fans. It has now been confirmed (see here) that Javier Bardem will be the villan in the next Bond movie. This will make it hard for him to star in The Dark Tower movie and might be an indication on where thta movie is heading...
Thanks to Mike Cahill
A lot of rumors and speculations are going around right now about The Dark Tower and whether or not Ron Howard will direct it. People at Universal claims it’s still on but the fact that Ron Howard has signed on to do the biopic about formula one racer Nicky Lauda and also an adaptation of the “Spy vs. Spy” comic strip (if rumors are correct) will make it hard for him to get the time to do The Dark Tower. Howard also said recently that Javier Bardem formally hasn’t sign on to do the role of Roland yet (“Nobody is pay or play but he has said he wants to do it. We’ve spent a lot of time together. He’s fascinated by the character and has great instincts for Roland. I’m hoping when we go, he’s available and will join us.”) which is yet another bad sign for the movie.
However, Universal has to green light the film by next month or the rights revert to Imagine, Akiva Goldsman and King.
Here is an interview with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer in which they talk about The Dark Tower movie.Posted: May 25, 2011, 08:31:02
Entertainment Weekly was supposed to talk to Ron Howard about his upcoming photo contest but ended up asking about The Dark Tower.
“We had to pull back to our September start date due to budget delays and ongoing story development and logistical issues, but Dark Tower is moving forward,” Howard said. “We’re thinking of starting in early spring now. I can’t really say who’ll be in it yet, but Javier Bardem has shown a great deal of interest. We’ll know by the end of the summer, when our flashing green light goes solid.” The project would start with a feature film, followed by six hours of TV content, starring the same actors as in the movie. “There are elements of the Dark Tower saga that are more personal and can be best dealt with on television,” Howard continued. “TV allows you to roll out details of the characters in a more methodical way.”
Thanks to David SquyresPosted: May 18, 2011, 08:33:11
Reports says that shooting of The Dark Tower has now been pushed forward to February 2012 but that we might know if it'll happen or not by July...
After reports about The Dark Tower going into turn around at Universal, suddenly rumors abound that the epic Stephen King adaptation is now slated for a Ron Howard-directed February 2012 start date.
However, the project must get the green light by July or the rights will go back to the author and filmmakers.
Read more here.Posted: May 15, 2011, 01:12:57
A somewhat sad update on The Dark Tower:
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Universal has dropped plans to start shooting the fall, as Goldsman is rewriting the script to reflect a lower budget. It hasn't been revealed how much lower the budget will be, or how that will affect the script, but it's still going to be a trilogy of movies and two TV series. Ron Howard is also still signed to direct the movie and the first episode of the TV show, with Brian Grazer producing and Goldsman writing all three movies.
The big question is whether this will affect the involvement of Javier Bardem, who signed on to play lead gunslinger Roland for at least the first movie and TV series back in April.
Read more here.
Thanks to Anders JakobsonPosted: May 9, 2011, 08:40:01
HollyWood Reporpter has an update on the status of The Dark Tower. And it it's correct it's not good. This line made me worried...
A final decision is said to be expected soon on whether to move forward, seek additional financing partners or cancel the project entirely. But cast and crew have been told to stop prepping the project.
Here is the rest of the article:
Imagine Denies 'Dark Tower' Trilogy in Turnaround As Questions MountMay
The ambitious plan by Universal, Imagine Entertainment and NBC to turn Stephen King’s The Dark Tower opus into a film trilogy with a television supplement has hit a major snag.
But multiple sources told THR Thursday that the project was in trouble and on the verge of being put in turnaround.
Imagine president Michael Rosenberg, however, vehemently denies that the project has been shelved.
"Dark Tower is not in turnaround," Rosenberg tells THR, adding "there are issues and on-going budget discussions with almost every film in development."
A Universal spokesperson declined to comment.
Two sources close to the project say that Comcast executives have heavily scrutinized the plan, mainly due to budgetary concerns. The sources also say that the final portion of the project has been found creatively lacking.
A final decision is said to be expected soon on whether to move forward, seek additional financing partners or cancel the project entirely. But cast and crew have been told to stop prepping the project.
If Dark Tower does become available to other studios, it won’t be a cheap project to take on. Insiders say that Universal paid $5 million for the rights. That doesn’t include the hefty fees for Howard, Grazer and Goldsman, not to mention Oscar-winner Bardem’s fees for not only the movie but the TV show (he’d be paid more than the average TV star).
Warner Bros. is one potential home for the project. The studio vied for Dark Tower rights last year and is already developing The Stand, King’s post-apocalyptic mega-novel. Insiders say Warners would at least kick the tires on Dark Tower.
Another potential home is Sony, for whom Imagine and Goldman made The Da Vinci Code and its sequel, Angels & Demons.
This isn't the first time a pricey Universal project has been stopped in its tracks by the Comcast regime. At the Mountains of Madness, Guillermo del Toro's $150 million horror project with Tom Cruise attached, was put into turnaround earlier this year.
Sources said that if Universal were to put Dark Tower into turnaround, it would incur a $10 million penalty.
Dread Central reports that Universal might have taken on to much when they agreed to do The Dark Tower. Here is what they say:
The challenge of bringing Stephen King's epic tale of gunslinger Roland Deschain in The Dark Tower is nothing short of a monumental task. Herculean even. With movies and TV shows promised, Universal is feeling some of the heat.
As per Variety:
Universal's unprecedented "Dark Tower" movie trilogy and interlocking TV series, seen as a hugely ambitious project from the start, may wind up being too big for the studio's appetite.
Sources tell Variety that in the last couple of days, the project, based on Stephen King's sweeping seven-book-and-counting series, has run into budgetary complications that have caused Universal execs to rethink their original plans. Insiders expect U brass to meet in coming days to decide whether to put the project into turnaround, whereby producer Imagine Entertainment could shop it to other studios, either to partner with Universal or take over entirely.
To be clear: Sources tell Variety that right now, Universal is moving ahead and is anxious to get the project up and going. The studio had no comment.
Ron Howard unveiled plans in September to adapt The Dark Tower for three films, the first of which he plans to direct, bridged by a pair of TV series. Universal soon came on as a distributor, given Imagine's production deal with the studio; NBC (or an affiliated cable net) was expected carry the TV component.
Javier Bardem's (pictured right) deal to play the lead role of Roland Deschain is nearly closed, while Howard is still eyeing thesps for other roles. Howard and Brian Grazer are producing through Imagine, while Akiva Goldsman is set to write the script.
Javier Bardem has signed on to play Roland:
Bardem nails 'Tower' saga
Javier Bardem has officially signed an epic deal to star in the movie and TV adaptations of Stephen King's "Dark Tower" book series. The Oscar-winning actor will play Roland Deschain in the eagerly awaited Ron Howard and Brian Grazer adaptation of King's beloved seven-novel saga. It's a momentous deal because each of the three movies in the series is to be followed by a TV miniseries. A well-placed source confirmed to Page Six, "Bardem has signed on to the first movie and the miniseries, but the intention is that he will star in all three movies and each of the TV series. It's an enormous deal for any actor, but Bardem was always the first choice." The story follows "Gunslinger" Deschain as he travels through an Old West-like landscape in search of the mythical Dark Tower to save civilization. The first movie is expected to go into production in September with Howard directing.
Thanks to Lou SytsmaPosted: April 13, 2011, 13:20:52
Here are some news about The Dark Tower movies:
There’s some good news pertaining to the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. It was announced today that Mark Verheiden has been signed on to co-write the NBC TV series alongside Akiva Goldsman.
Stephen King’s series of novels is set to be adapted on both the big and small screens. The TV show will fit between the first and second movie in the trilogy that’s set to play out in theaters.
According to Deadline, Mark Verheiden is set to co-write and executive produce the series. Verheiden’s TV credits include Heroes, Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, and the upcoming TNT drama Falling Skies. Needless to say, he’s no stranger to sci-fi/fantasy… unless you’re a stranger to sci-fi/fantasy, in which case, I suppose it does need to be said. Regardless, with a background that includes some very popular TV series (and also the film Timecop!), and Ron Howard’s direction, I’m thinking the Dark Tower project is in good hands.
Thanks to AriPosted: April 11, 2011, 10:42:09
Looks like Javier Bardem is close to sealing his deal with Universal Pictures to play Roland in The Dark Tower. Several reports has stated that it's just a matter of time before the papers are signed. If this happens it would also open up for further casting to move along. Stay tuned for more news...
Thanks to Hans Wilhelm von Wirth and Louis Sytsma
Here is a report from MTV about the latest with The Dark Tower and Javier Bardem:
With the ever-changing, ever-flowing news cycle surrounding the goings on in the film industry these days, it gets tougher and tougher to get concerned parties to actually confirm or break news. Nevertheless, our tireless team of intrepid reporters here at MTV News will not give up in trying to push people for info! Like whenever we happen upon super producer Brian Grazer and pump him for details about "The Dark Tower," for example...
The last time we checked in with Grazer, the Roland casting process was moving along, but slowly. When I stopped him while on his way into the Vanity Fair Oscar party last Sunday, solely with the purpose of peppering him about the reported casting of Javier Bardem as the ruthless gunslinger, he seemed pleasantly puzzled by the fact that MTV is so interested in the project.
"'Dark Tower,' Javier Bardem, that's what we're hoping," Grazer said when I asked him for an update. "We're in the process of trying to put that together. Will that make you happy? Will that make MTV happy?"
Yes, I told him. Very happy! But has he officially signed Bardem onto the project?
"He's locked in psychologically," Grazer said. "He really wants to do it, so we're absolutely rooting for him to do it."
When asked to address other potential cast members, Grazer said they're too busy with Bardem.
"We're really just focused on Javier right now," he said.
Grazer went on to say that in addition to the challenges involved with locking in a lead actor, they'll have their hands full trying to roll-out the project across multiple platforms including film, TV and video games.
"It's challenging to capture all of it, the density of it," he said, adding that he's excited to explore all the metaphors involved, and that the first story they're exploring is that of "The Gunslinger."
Thanks to Bev VincentPosted: January 27, 2011, 16:48:43
Here is a comment about Javier as Roland from the moderator of King's official board:
I have the official go-ahead to announce that Ron Howard/Universal has offered Javier Bardem the part of Roland. I do not know if he has accepted the offer but chances are they wouldn't make this announcement if he wasn't considering it. The announcement was made through Deadline Hollywood--here's the link for the full story.
Mike Fleming of Deadline Hollywood is reporting that oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem will play Roland Deschain in the upcoming Dark Tower films and television series.
This is also reported by King's official site so it looks like it's the real deal this time.
There has been word that the Dark Tower movies/TV series hasn't been green lighted but here is what the moderator of King's official board said about it:
Steve just had a meeting with Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman a couple weeks ago and the contracts have all been signed. I think he would have mentioned if there was a problem but he said the meeting went fine. My understanding is they're planning to start announcing casting choices, possibly this week.
When MTV spoke to Howard during the press day for his comedy "The Dilemma," he talked a bit about his plans for "The Dark Tower" series and how involved he will be.
"Right now what we're talking about is a movie and six or eight hours of television to bridge. My plan is to do most of those TV hours, if not all, and certainly the movies." And, in case you thought the roles of the main characters would be recast for the TV series, Howard confirmed that the actors from the films will indeed reprise their roles on the small screen.
Posted: January 20, 2011, 16:27:03
Here is a clip of Brian Grazer where he says we'll know who'll play Roland within a week.
And as a vice man told me (yes it was Bev Vincent), getting a big name attached to the movie might give them the 'go' they need...
From an interview with Ron Howard published today (don't really know when it was done though):
How are things progressing with The Dark Tower?
"I'm working on it. We don't know if it's a 'go' but it is picking up a lot of momentum and a lot of creative momentum. I've had fantastic conversations with Stephen King. Akiva Goldsman, who wrote A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man and Da Vinci Code, is on it as a writer and also a producer and brought the project to me. We're already gathering this interesting team of people who love these genres - fantasy and horror. For me it's creatively very exciting. The possibilities are rich."
If this interview is done recently the fact that Howard says he don't know if it's a 'go' speaks against that we'll know in a week who'll play Roland...
Thanks to Bev VincentPosted: January 19, 2011, 08:35:19
Comic Book Movie Fansite had an interesting article about the casting of The Dark Tower today. Apparently MTV caught up with producer Brian Grazer who had the following to say:
"...when we asked if he'd talked to the two actors about the part, he simply laughed and responded, 'Sure.' Grazer did say, however, that a casting announcement is imminent. How imminent? 'Within a week,' he said. Seriously? 'Seriously. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Seriously,' he assured us before asking, 'Who do you want?' Honestly, we'll take either of them. 'OK, great,' Grazer concluded."
This sounds a bit early but stranger things have happened. Personally I was hoping for an unknown actor but if it is down to Javier Bardem and Viggo Mortensen I'm hoping for Bardem.
Thanks to John HaberkornPosted: January 17, 2011, 00:19:38
Ron Howard recently spoke to Howard Stern about The Dark Tower and told him that the television portion of the adaptation”is really a six hour special”. Read more about the interview here.Posted: January 14, 2011, 08:44:48
Ron Howard briefly mentioned his work on The Dark Tower movies at the end of his Today Show appearance promoting B>The Dilemma today. Check it out here
It's great to hear him speak about it even if he just mentions it briefly.
Thanks to Bev VincentPosted: January 9, 2011, 01:18:14
This rumor from The New York Post was reported earlier today:
The New York Post has the rumor, stating quite simply and without attribution: "'Pirates of the Caribbean' beauty Naomie Harris is being considered for the female lead in the Ron Howard's eagerly anticipated 'Dark Tower' trilogy." Without any official confirmation, let's treat Harris' involvement as a rumor for now — but it's certainly a rumor we're excited about.
Looks like two men are the top contenders for playing Roland in the upcoming filmversion...
Ron Howard's adaptation of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" has set off a casting frenzy in Hollywood. Agents are tripping over themselves to land their clients coveted roles in what promises to be a blockbuster film and television franchise. Leading the pack for the principal character, Roland Deschain, is Javier Bardem, with Viggo Mortensen a close second, sources tell us. Howard and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman have a deal with Universal that will translate into a TV show and three movies, all using the same cast. Brian Grazer will produce with Goldsman and King. According to reports, they plan to start with an epic movie, then continue the story with the TV series, followed by a second film, and then a second TV season showing gunslinger Deschain as a young man. Then, the third movie will end the saga with Deschain as an older man.
Here is an very interesting article about the upcoming Dark Tower adaptation. It mentiones some possible names and also confirms that the plan is movies #1, a TV season, movie #2, a second TV season and then the third movie.
Thanks to Louis Sytsma
Here is an update on the upcoming Dark Tower movies from Bloody Disgusting.
Deadline caught up with Rob Howard, who is set to direct the first of three Steven King The Dark Tower adaptations, which will arrive in theaters May 17, 2013 from Universal Pictures. They write that they plan to turn King's masterwork into a film trilogy with a network TV series programmed between films. Howard will direct the first film and the limited run series that will create a bridge to the second feature. "It is going well, and it has been incredibly stimulating to work on," Howard said. "It's dense, a great author's life work is not to be taken lightly. It has been utterly fascinating to explore it, and we are having great creative conversations. I've begun tossing and turning at 3 in the morning over it, so that's a good sign." The books chronicle the mysterious The Gunslinger as he travels across a desolate and vaguely post-apocalyptic landscape in his quest for a black tower. Portals along the way eventually allow contact with our own modern world.
Thanks to Al MatticePosted: October 29, 2010, 21:34:35
2 days ago I told you about NBC's plans for The Dark Tower TV series and today it looks like the first movie is just about 2½ years away. From this article I got this:
And Ron Howard's first movie based on Stephen King's The Dark Tower has been scheduled for May 17, 2013.
Thanks to Herbert WestPosted: October 27, 2010, 15:46:17
Today I found an article called NBC - Full drama development slate for next season - almost all Fantasy/Sci-Fi and in it I found this interesting section:
DARK TOWER, THE: Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea. Roland is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange singlemindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape. The people he encounters are left behind, or worse—left dead. At a way station, however, he meets Jake, a boy from a particular time (1977) and a particular place (New York City), and soon the two are joined—khef, ka, and ka-tet. The mountains lie before them. So does the man in black and, somewhere far beyond...the Dark Tower.
King talks about the upcoming Dark Tower movies:
Stephen King exclusive: Who should star in 'The Dark Tower'? 'The Twilight cast, of course!'
by Kristen Baldwin
With news that Stephen King’s enormously popular book series The Dark Tower will be coming to a big and small screen near you, we here at EW.com could not stop ourselves from reaching out to the bestselling author (and EW columnist) via email to get a few more answers about the highly-anticipated project. Here’s what he had to say:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The Dark Tower is such a dense series — did you always think it needed more than a single movie or TV show treatment?
STEPHEN KING: I always thought it would take more than a single movie, but I didn’t see this solution coming — i.e., several movies and TV series. It was Ron [Howard] and Akiva [Goldsman]‘s idea. Once it was raised, I thought at once it was the solution.
What about Ron Howard and NBC makes them a good fit for the franchise?
When working as a director, Ron is very similar to the way I work as a writer. We both tell honest stories that have (I flatter myself) style and substance but not a lot of show-offy frills.
In a perfect world, who would play Roland? Eddie? Susannah? Jake?
The Twilight cast, of course! Just kidding. I haven’t got as far as casting in my thoughts, but when I write about Susannah Dean, I always kind of see Angela Bassett in my mind’s eye. Mostly I just want good people in those parts. Ron Howard will find them, I’m sure.
And who would you want to play?
I’d love to be the voice of Blaine the Mono.
There’s a lot of blood in the series — how much is the TV series going to be censored? It likely would have been easier to join forces with a network without restrictions, à la HBO, no?
I don’t see that as a problem at all! We’ll have just enough latitude to make a great series. I’ve worked in network TV before, and every time I was squeezed a little, it just made me look for creative solutions. Besides, I always like to play in the biggest auditorium available!
Thanks to David SquyresPosted: September 9, 2010, 00:28:50
Today a press release was released about the future of The Dark Tower movies and as it looks now there will be a movie, followed by a TV series, followed by a movie, followed by a TV series, followed by a movie. Check out the full press release here.
Thanks ot Alex Carmona
King comments on The Dark Tower movie:
"It looks good. Things are happening and they are happening fast but any reports you see might be taken with a grain of salt for the next couple of weeks. You will know the news from the official source as soon as we are able to post it."
It looks like there is some conflicting info about what the format for The Dark Tower will be. THR says one feature film and then a TV series and Deadline a trilogy and then a TV series.
I'm still looking for confirmation about this but it would be so much easier if Ron Howard could just e-mail me :-)
Very interesting information surfaced recently. If it’s correct King’s Dark Tower books is set to be a screen trilogy and TV series. Exactly what this means isn’t all that clear. Is it three TV movies? That will be extremely hard to succeed with. Is it three TV series with say 12 episodes each? That would work. Can Akiva Goldsman (script), Ron Howard (directing) and Brian Grazer (producer) pull it off? I have no idea. And, what happened JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof? I have no idea.
I’m working on getting more info on this as we speak so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out the full news (as it was reported by Deadline below.
EXCLUSIVE: In a whopping deal coming together quickly, Stephen King, Imagine Entertainment and Weed Road are in discussions to make a screen trilogy and TV series out of King's epic novel series The Dark Tower. Akiva Goldsman will write the script, Ron Howard will direct it, and his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer will produce with Goldsman and King.
Universal is in talks to acquire a package that included the books, and the attachment of the team behind the Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code. Both Universal –where Imagine is based—and Warner Bros—where Goldsman’s Weed Road banner is housed—have been vying for the project.
The Dark Tower is King’s answer to JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and the author will get his own screen trilogy. Like Tolkien, King's epic novel series is set in an otherworldly but familiar world, and involves a quest to save the world. The series spanned seven novels that involved Roland Deschain, the last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers who exists in a world that has an Old West feel, but which is infused with magic. He is on a quest to find the Dark Tower, a structure that holds the key to the nexus of all universes. He encounters many allies and enemies along the way, as the world crumbles around him.
The book series was once developed by JJ Abrams and his Lost cohorts Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, but they never cracked it. Goldsman, who has become a prolific producer, was the catalyst for securing the rights from King, and he brought it to Howard and Grazer. It was not immediately evident how large the transaction was, but King has often optioned his works for little or no money upfront, and reportedly he bestowed the rights on Abrams for $19, a number which has significance in the novel series. King is working on an eighth novel, one that doesn't change the ending, but deals with characters and a storyline that falls midway in the series. CAA is working on the deal.
Thanks to Joel, Ariel Bosi and Maribel Deschain
It looks like there won't be a Dark Tower movie for J.J. Abrams after all.
This is what Abrams told MTV News:
It coulda be great, but it ain't gonna happen, as Abrams himself told MTV News' Josh Horowitz recently. "The 'Dark Tower' thing is tricky," he said. "It's such an important piece of writing. The truth is that Damon and I are not looking at that right now."
Read more here.
Thanks to Anders Jakobson, Alex Carmona and Joseph AltomerePosted: October 27, 2009, 17:04:09
This was in USA Today :
I am actually curious as to the status of Damon's involvement with the Dark Tower series. Is there hope for us Stephen King fans that this project is in the works? -- Lorrie Q.
You'll be hard-pressed to find a huger fan of The Dark Tower than me, but that's probably the reason that I shouldn't be the one to adapt it. After working six years on Lost, the last thing I want to do is spend the next seven years adapting one of my favorite books of all time. I'm such a massive Stephen King fan that I'm terrified of screwing it up.
I'd do anything to see those movies written by someone else. My guess is they will get made because they're so incredible. But not by me.
Thanks to Bev VincentPosted: May 12, 2009, 14:13:39
Here is more about The Dark Tower movie:
As “Star Trek” makes its case for the new J.J. Abrams age of the franchise this weekend, he and fellow “Lost” creator Damon Lindelof continue to have early discussions about Stephen King’s cult series of books “The Dark Tower.” Lindelof confirmed Abrams’ assertion that “Lost” is priority number one at the moments, but said the project would require at least as much care as Zack Snyder’s adaptation of “Watchmen.”
“Having seen Zack go through what he went through on ‘Watchmen’ in terms of saying of where can I digress from the material I just get headaches thinking about changing anything,” Lindelof told MTV News. “It was the defining literary tale of my young adulthood into adulthood.”
Lindelof is keenly aware of how that level of attachment can affect his approach to the project. “My reverence for Stephen King is now getting in the way of what any good writer would do first when they’re adapting a book, which is take creative license in changing stuff,” he explained.
If the Hollywood power duo indeed moves on to King’s fantasy/Western tale when they finish with “Lost” it may be an extended commitment in addition to being a demanding one, given the scope of the seven-book series.
“Paramount is certainly looking at it as a franchise movie and thinking about sequels but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves,” Lindelof said. “Ideas have been thrown around that are very informal at this point.”
And more formal conversations very well may not be in the cards until the fates of Oceanic Flight 815’s passengers are firmly on the ground for the the “Lost” finale.
Thanks to Bev VincentPosted: May 4, 2009, 12:02:13
J.J. Abrams recently got the question about what’s happening with The Dark Tower movie and said that as soon as Damon Lindelof is done with LOST they hope to get started on The Dark Tower project.
See the clip here
Thanks to Al Mattice and John Haberkorn.
Damon Lindelof talks about The Dark Tower:
Q: Have there been any developments with your rumored adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower series?
A: The Dark Tower is to me every bit as daunting an adaptation as the Lord of the Rings trilogy must have been for Peter Jackson, except we've got seven books we're looking at. And the idea of doing that at the same time Carlton and I are bringing Lost to a close is simply not viable. There are always Dark Tower conversations, but the figuring out of what this will look like as a movie has not begun. If The Dark Tower were in the right hands, I would love to see seven movies executed just right. But you have to get people to see the first one to get them to come and see the second one.
Thanks to Louis SytsmaPosted: February 26, 2008, 11:18:46
In an interview J.J. Abrams said that he and Damon Lindelof are in very early stages of a Dark Tower adaptation. You can listen to it here.Posted: June 19, 2007, 15:04:47
I just got confirmation from King’s office that the site claiming filming of The Dark Tower will start on Friday is false.Posted: March 9, 2007, 00:20:37
JJ Abrams talks The Dark Tower:
Wired News: Turning to your Stephen King project for a second, The Dark Tower wasn't well-received by most critics or even some die-hard Stephen King fans. What attracts you to the project?
Abrams: This is something that we are just now talking about with Stephen, so it's too early for me to say that we're even officially doing it yet just because the thing is in the early stages of discussion. I love what the The Dark Tower is. Damon Lindelof is obsessed (with it). We met Stephen, who was just the greatest, and hit it off. What's exciting to me about it is that it is a very edgy epic. You could . . . say it's his Tolkien Ring series, but I feel like it has a potential of being a lot more. I think that sense of that great hero, that sort of Western, iconic, almost spaghetti-Western-type hero in this landscape is just an amazing -- it feels iconic to me.
Thanks to Bev VincentPosted: March 3, 2007, 00:35:19
Here is a clarification from King's message board:
"I asked Steve for clarification on this and his response was that no deal has been finalized. If and when one is, it will be a 3 year option which he will sell them for $19. I can tell you from experience that there have been many times when an option has expired before a film is made so even an option doesn't mean it's a done deal. "
Thanks to Bev VincentPosted: February 14, 2007, 20:10:44
I just talked to King’s office about the Dark Tower movie rumors and they said that King and J.J. Abrams is talking about it but nothing has been agreed upon yet. So, it could happen but it might not.Posted: February 14, 2007, 08:47:29
I usually don’t report on rumours until I get it confirmed…and I’m working on getting this one confirmed or denied…but this sounded to big to pass up on. BUT, SEE THIS AS A RUMOUR UNTIL IT’S CONFIRMED:
IGN reported this today:
February 13, 2007 - IGN has exclusively learned that J.J. Abrams is poised to direct The Dark Tower, based on the Stephen King literary series.
Sources advised us that an official announcement is forthcoming. We have been unable to determine whether Dark Tower will be a film project or a TV miniseries, although the latter is a more likely prospect given the complex nature of King's seven-book series. Given Abrams' success on the small screen -- and King's well known love for the Abrams-produced TV series Lost -- the tube seems a better fit for The Dark Tower.
Sources also added that Abrams is indeed only producing Star Trek XI. It was recently reported that Abrams would not direct Trek XI, as many had assumed, but would instead turn his attention to a secret Paramount project titled Cloverfield. Might Cloverfield be a codename for The Dark Tower? Or a completely separate project?
(Interestingly enough, Entertainment Weekly did an interview last year with King, Abrams and his Lost producing partner Damon Lindelof, who reportedly brought a rare first edition of The Gunslinger to the meeting.)
Often described as King's magnum opus, The Dark Tower, as Wikipedia reminds us, "tells the tale of lead character Roland Deschain's quest for the 'Dark Tower.' The Dark Tower is often described in the novels as a real structure, and also as a metaphor. Part of Roland's fictional quest lies in discovering the true nature of the Tower. The series incorporates themes from multiple genres, including fantasy fiction, science fantasy, horror, and western elements."
"In the story, Roland is the last living member of a knightly order known as gunslingers. The world he lives in is quite different from our own, yet it bears striking similarities to it. Politically organized along the lines of a feudal society, it shares technological and social characteristics with the American Old West, as well as bearing magical powers and the relics of a highly advanced, but long vanished, society. Roland's quest is to find the Dark Tower, a fabled building said to either be, or be located at, the nexus of all universes. Roland's world is said to have 'moved on,' and indeed it appears to be coming apart at the seams — mighty nations are being torn apart by war, entire cities and regions vanish from the face of the earth without a trace, time does not flow in an orderly fashion; even the sun sometimes rises in the north and sets in the east. As the series opens, Roland's motives, goals, and even his age are unclear, though later installments shed light on these mysteries."
This news about J.J. Abrams comes on the heels of Marvel's recent launch of the limited comic book series The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born
Thanks to Ari