Why Abrams & Lindelof Didn’t Do The Dark Tower

Posted: February 21, 2020, 22:12
Screenrant writes about why JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof never did The Dark Tower.

Abrams and Lindelof were exhausted after Lost and didn't want to take the time to make The Dark Tower, but that might say more about The Dark Tower than it does Lost. The Dark Tower series was finished, everything was laid out and ready to go, but the two biggest creators in town didn't want to take the job.

Howard Admits Mistakes In Dark Tower Adaptation

Posted: May 31, 2019, 20:08
In an interview with Collider Ron Howard admits mistakes The Dark Tower movie.

“I think it should’ve been horror. I think that it landed in a place—both in our minds and the studio’s—that it could be PG-13 and sort of a boy’s adventure… I really think we made a mistake not—I mean I’m not sure we could’ve made this movie, but I think if we could’ve made a darker, more hard-boiled look and make it The Gunslinger’s character study more than Jake. I think in retrospect that would’ve been more exciting. We always felt like we were kind of holding back something, and I think at the end of the day it was that.”

He also think that starting on TV would have been a good idea...

“The other thing might’ve been to just straight-on tackle it as television first. Disappointing because I poured a lot of myself into it, and sometimes this happens on these projects where everybody’s best intentions—you’re all pulling in a direction, and then you sort of say, ‘Was that the right direction?’ And I wouldn’t say it was all compromise. I do think it was just a sense of maybe too much listening to what you think that the marketplace is calling for instead of the essence of what Stephen King was giving us.”

The Dark Tower Out On DVD October 31

Posted: September 20, 2017, 09:38
The Dark Tower will be released digitaly on October 17 and on 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD October 31.

The Dark Tower Blu-ray is loaded with bonus material, including deleted scenes, a blooper reel and “A Look Through the Keyhole,” which features three vignettes narrated by Roland and The Man in Black. Also included are five behind-the-scenes featurettes that capture the imagination of fans. The filmmakers and Stephen King reveal the plot points that allowed the film to pay tribute to everything great about Stephen King’s novels while making it a whole new experience for fans in “Last Time Around.” Fans step inside the fully realized sets and locations that play host to the physical embodiment of Stephen King’s Mid-World in “The World Has Moved On …”. For “The Man in Black,” Matthew McConaughey takes the audience inside his perceptions and process for portraying the villain Walter, aka The Man in Black. Fans go behind the scenes and inside the stunt team’s process for creating the action-packed battles in “The Gunslinger in Action”. Stephen King discusses the journey from his book series to screen in “Stephen King Inspirations.”

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

No More Dark Tower For Arcel

Posted: August 16, 2017, 08:24
In an interview with Swedish HD Nikolaj Arcel says he won’t be doing any more Dark Tower movies. This however don’t mean that there won’t be more Dark Tower, just that if there are Arcel won’t be directing them.

Promoting The Dark Tower

Posted: August 2, 2017, 04:24
The promotion for The Dark Tower is on...

Idris Elba on GMA

Idris Elba on Live with Kelly and Ryan

Idris Elba on Access Hollywood

Idris Elba on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey on Access Hollywood

Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey on

Matthew McConaughey on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Matthew McConaughey on GMA

Matthew McConaughey on Live with Kelly

Cast at the screening

Promoting The Dark Tower

Posted: August 1, 2017, 09:42
Here are two interesting articles from IndieWire.

The Dark Tower’ Director Says Television Series Will Be ‘Totally Canon
The Dark Tower’: How the Film Adaptation Will End Stephen King’s Saga With One ‘Last Journey

The movie is only 3 days away in the US and everyone is doing promotion for it. There was a special screening in New York yesterday. Matthew McConaughey visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Idris Elba visited Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show.

Here is also a clip of Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba talking The Dark Tower

Highlights From Nik Arcel's Ask Me Anything

Posted: July 20, 2017, 11:49
Yesterday Nik Arcel did a ”Ask Me Anything” session over at Reddit. I have collected the three most interesting questions here for you in case you missed it. And if you want to check out the entire thing you can do so here.

Someone asked what books the move was based on:
The first novel, The Gunslinger, and the third one, The Wastelands. I love the first one for its effectiveness as an introduction to the world and its simplicity in focusing on the characters of Roland, Jake, and Walter. And The Wastelands, we drew most of the inspiration for Jake's story. Even if the film brings in ideas from several of the novels, these are the two from which our main inspirations spring.

Someone asked about the rest of the Ka-tet and how they would solve the racial tension between Detta and Roland:
Yes absolutely! As I think it will be pretty obvious to the fans when they see the film, the whole Ka-tet is poised to meet in the next movie...if we're lucky enough to be able to make one.
We've definitely thought a lot about the racial tension between Detta and Roland and how casting Idris would affect that. I can't spoil anything, but we're definitely not going to leave this important theme unaddressed. And oh yeah, of course we're going to have Billy-Bumblers - and Oy's one of my favorite characters.

Someone asked about the 95 minute length of the movie:
This film really serves as an introduction to the saga and I've always felt that we should not try to cram every single part of the massive mythology, including all the great characters and storylines, into one film. Obviously the story is supposed to continue in future films and the TV series. Hopefully at the end of it all there won't be a single thing from the novels that we haven't touched upon in some way.

New Dark Tower Trailer Soon

Posted: July 7, 2017, 16:24
Looks like we might get a new Dark Tower trailer soon.

A new trailer for The Dark Tower has been classified ahead of release.

Trailer Track reports that a second trailer is classified for release and, in a change from most second trailers, it’s not just the same footage we’ve already had, but rather it offers a brand new look at the movie. At 90 seconds long, it’s not excessive, but it is something, and it might go some way to appeasing the worries some King fans have over the movie.

The movie is rumored to be just 85 minutes.

Screen Rant.

Dark Tower Movie Vinimates Tracker Vinyl Figure

Posted: June 9, 2017, 15:46
The Dark Tower Movie Vinimates Tracker Vinyl Figure

The highly anticipated film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series now has an ultra-secret Vinimates vinyl figure! This 4-inch figure of one of the Tracker creatures from the film features an articulated neck for different posing options and comes in a full-color window box. Limited to 1500 pieces. $10

Cujo To The Dark Tower Came...

Posted: May 24, 2017, 15:25
Most of you have seen The Dark Tower trailer and most of you also saw the references to The Shining and IT. Now King reveals that Cujo will make an appearance in the movie.

King told IGN , "If viewers who are familiar with my work look very closely, they might see Cujo. Keep an eye out for Cujo in New York City."

Cover For The Dark Tower: The Art of the Film

Posted: May 22, 2017, 09:32
Here is the cover for The Dark Tower: The Art of the Film by Daniel Wallace.

The Dark Tower: The Art of the Film
(Part of The Dark Tower)
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.

Dark Tower Figures And What They Will Cost

Posted: May 6, 2017, 15:00
Here are some better images of The Dark Tower figures will be released later this year and their price. The first two figures are of the "statue" type that you can't move and the last two have moving joints.

The Dark Tower Gallery Gunslinger (Roland Deschain) $39.99

The Dark Tower Gallery Man in Black $39.99

The Dark Tower Select Gunslinger (Roland Deschain) $22.99

The Dark Tower Select Man in Black $22.99

It's Trailertime

Posted: May 5, 2017, 19:54
OK, the weekend is here. You’re at home taking it easy after a week’s work. What could be better than having a Stephen King trailer Marathon? Or at least 7 minutes of trailers? I guessed so. Here you go: The Mist (June 22), The Dark Tower (August 4) and IT (September 8).

Idris Elba Talks The Dark Tower

Posted: May 4, 2017, 06:31
Here is an interview with Idris Elba about The Dark Tower.

Yes, I want the fans to be satisfied by the character I portray especially since the characters are so well written in the book. However the wonderful thing with being an actor in film is that I am able to interpret the character and I hope the fans are proud of our interpretation.

Matthew McConaughey Talks The Dark Tower

Posted: May 4, 2017, 04:22
Here is an interview with Matthew McConaughey about The Dark Tower.

“He and I spoke quite lyrically,” McConaughey said when we asked what he took from those conversations with King. “[We spoke] about how Walter has the world by a string and he always has a half-cocked smile on his face about it. There’s an enjoyment that comes with his puppeteering. He sees himself as the minister of truth.”

And it looks like the plans for a TV show is moving on. When asked if he would be involved with the planned Dark Tower TV show this is what he said:

Yes, I am somewhat involved, but to what extent we’re still figuring that out.

King Talks Trailers and Castle Rock

Posted: May 3, 2017, 23:59
King talks The Dark Tower trailer, IT trailer and what would happen to him if he revealed anything about the upcoming Hulu show Castle Rock he's doing with JJ Abrams.

I have some ideas about how it’s going to play out, but I think JJ Abrams would cut my tongue out if I said anything about it.

Read the full interview here.

Shining & IT Nods in The Dark Tower Trailer

Posted: May 3, 2017, 16:01
I heard this from a lot of fans who watched the trailer for The Dark Tower today and Dread Central posted the photos...

Did you catch the nods to The Shining and IT? Did you find others?

A framed photo of the Overlook Hotel from Jake's therapist’s office.

A weathered, broken down, dilapidated wagon that bears the name “Pennywise” and what looks like a few balloons.

The Dark Tower Trailer Confirmed For Tomorrow

Posted: May 2, 2017, 14:57
Sony Philippines has announced that The Dark Tower trailer is set to be released tomorrow and instead of the usual trailer tease they have released three motion posters featuring Idris Elba (Roland Deschain), Matthew McConaughey (The Man in Black) and Tom Taylor (Jake Chambers).

Thanks to Lou Sytsma

The Dark Tower Trailer

Posted: May 2, 2017, 08:44
According to a document sent out to movie theatres Sony didn't direct theaters to attach the The Dark Tower trailer to anything specific movie so keep your eyes open when you go to the movies this weekend.

The Dark Tower Movie Figures

Posted: April 24, 2017, 16:26
Here are some photos from the Diamond Select Toys booth at this weekend's C2E2 convention which is taking place in Chicago. It seems they are developing a few 7” figures for The Dark Tower movie. Please note that these figures are pending licensor approval so they could be changed in time for their release but should give you an idea of what to expect.

And here are more photos of the figures we saw earlier.

Thanks to Lou Sytsma