The Dark Tower series from horror master Stephen King is considered by some to be almost as holy as the best-selling book in history (save yourself the GTS – it’s the bible). The tale of the last gunslinger, a knight of sorts (or, Jedi, if you like that better), the series tells the story of Roland Deschain as he obsessively tracks the man in black, who holds the key to reaching The Dark Tower, a structure that sits at the center of existence. For years, the series has been ripe for a big screen adaptation and now that the wheel of Ka has begun to turn a bit more quickly, not only is filming of the first entry in the movie series well underway, but there seem to be daily updates and photos of the film’s progress. Today, the latest update comes from Entertainment Weekly and gives fans their first official look at Idris Elba as the gunslinger, himself, Roland, and Matthew McConaughey as the biggest bad guy in King’s stable, Randall Flagg.
Throughout the production, photos of both stars have popped up, as well as a few of Jackie Earl Haley’s Richard Sayre and Tom Taylor’s Jake Chambers. However, with the San Diego Comic-Con edition, EW has presented both of the main characters to the masses in all their glory. Take a look.
The casting of Elba didn’t seem like the best of ideas when first announced and still doesn’t sit well with many fans of the series. Considering Roland is basically the twin of Clint Eastwood’s Man with No Name when described throughout the books (and was also the inspiration for the character, according to King), the fans’ instant displeasure was rather justified. However, as time goes on, Elba’s casting is beginning to grow on some. In stark contrast, McConaughey’s casting as the Man in Black aka Randall Flagg was celebrated without question but as the production continues and photos continue to leak, the tide is beginning to turn. Whether it is director Nikolaj Arcel’s vision of Randall Flagg or some costume designer somewhere, it almost seems as if whoever came up with the design of the character simply read the words “the man in black” and took it from there, rather than actually reading the source material and presenting fans with an accurate representation of the character. But, such is the Hollywood Treatment.
The Dark Tower will take a harsh turn from the source material, presenting audiences and fans with a continuation of the book series, rather than a straight adaptation. This may be a good thing or an absolutely horrible thing but so far, almost everything fans have learned from the production of the film is cause for concern. Considering the February 17, 2017 release date is still 7 months away, things could absolutely change but, chances are, the film may not be all that fans have been praying for since first reading the words, “the man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed”. So far, there is no indication the film will have an SDCC presence when the event starts next week but perhaps attendees may learn a bit more, once all is said and done.
What do you think about the official looks? Are you getting more excited about the project as it moves forward or do you feel this one starting to crumble like a beam after some focus from the breakers?