It’s really happening, you guys. The adaptation of Stephen King’s epic Dark Tower series into (hopefully) just as epic films has begun. Filming is taking place in Cape Town, South Africa presently; with Nikolaj Arcel directing a talent-ridden cast including Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, and Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road). King is adamant on forewarning fans not to expect a direct adaptation of the books, however, because that’s not what they’re going to get. Anthony Breznican (from Entertainment Weekly) recently interviewed King and Arcel on his Sirius XM show, Behind the Scenes with Anthony Breznican, and here’s some excerpts of what the duo had to say about the highly anticipated first film.As stated before, the film will not be a direct adaptation, but the interview reveals that King was “insistent” on the beginning to be the same.
“I expect that the movie will start where the books start. Y’know, “The man in black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed.” I think that nails it right in place for people…I’ve been pretty insistent on that, and I think everyone’s onboard with it.”
King also touches on the differences between the film and the series it was spawned from:
“It starts sort of in medias res, in the middle of the story instead of at the beginning, which may upset some of the fans a little bit. But they will get behind it, because it is the story.”
Basically, while the movie will be based primarily on The Gunslinger, (the first novel in the series), King is implying that elements of later books may make appearances. For those unfamiliar with the series and its opening novel, here’s an excerpt from the official GoodReads write-up:
Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dark Tower series is King’s most visionary feat of storytelling, a magical mix of science fiction, fantasy, and horror that may well be his crowning achievement.
In The Gunslinger (originally published in 1982), King introduces his most enigmatic hero, Roland Deschain of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting, solitary figure at first, on a mysterious quest through a desolate world that eerily mirrors our own. Pursuing the man in black, an evil being who can bring the dead back to life, Roland is a good man who seems to leave nothing but death in his wake.
And, for already established fans, here’s the aforementioned interview. Definitely worth a listen!
The Dark Tower is set to hit theaters on February 17, 2017.