“The man in black fled across the desert…and the gunslinger followed.” So begins Stephen King’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower series. The eight book series, as well as the Marvel Comics retelling of the story, is a tale of obsession, loss, friendship, family, and redemption. Alright, not quite redemption. However, if the path of the film is truly as it appears, perhaps that redemption will be found through the film series. As fans eagerly await for the release of the film, either to embrace the last chapter of Roland’s tale or to simply hate the final product because it is not a direct adaptation of the series, filming has moved to New York which, of course, fans recognize as a huge location for the story. Perhaps a bit more exciting than the NY shooting, however, is who was spotted on the street – none other than Matthew McConaughey in full costume as Randall Flagg. Constant Readers, take a gander at the Man in Black himself.
Considering how guarded the filmmakers are keeping the plot, there really is no way to know exactly what is going on here but considering it is Flagg in New York, it is possible that this may be a visit to Jackie Earl Haley’s Richard Sayre, possibly even a visit to Sombra Corporation. However, taking into account the sharp turn the film will be taking from the source material, he could just as easily be looking for a nice place to get a slice of pizza. Take a look.
Well, he is definitely wearing black, so there’s that. While there are many, many people who are less than pleased with Idris Elba being cast as Roland, the casting of McConaughey seemed like a master stroke. However, something seems a bit off with these photos. Of course, production means everything, so during the editing process, it is very possible that something may be added and seeing the character and costume in context may look extraordinary. Let’s hope so.
After years of development hell, The Dark Tower will finally be making its way onto the big screen on February 17, 2017. The film will not be a direct adaptation of the film but will tell the story of Roland’s final journey; really, a continuation of the book series itself. At least, that is what can be assumed from Stephen King’s tweet a while back, which may be the absolutely best tweet in Twitter history:
The Dark Tower is close, now. The Crimson King awaits. Soon Roland will raise the Horn of Eld. And blow. pic.twitter.com/rqGSKM3dWL
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) May 19, 2016
Fans of the story know that this likely means Roland will be carrying the Horn of Eld on this quest, which is exactly as it should be, given the last page or two of the book series. Let’s hope that the filmmakers truly treat the material with the respect it absolutely deserves.
What do you think of the photos? As production continues, are you getting more excited for the film?