Dark Tower

Fans of the hit Stephen King series can finally sit back and enjoy the first official trailer for his newly-adapted… no, FINALLY adapted film version of The Dark Tower starring Idris Elba as Roland Deschain. The trailer hit the Internet in the early morning of May 3rd, only a couple of months before the film is set to release. This has been a long anticipated adaptation and the trailer does not look to disappoint in any way whatsoever. You can check out the new trailer and take a ride to Mid-World after the bump!

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“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. (more…)

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Childe Roland to the Dark Tower came and apparently brought a viking with him. Written over the course of thirty years and tying into nearly every other one of his novels, The Dark Tower by Stephen King has been fueling the imaginations of fans for decades, inspiring a faithful following of people embracing the unique language, history, and old west/medieval culture of Mid-World. Described as King’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower has appropriately had a long and weary road to the big screen. Now, information is coming quickly as filming finally began earlier this month. The latest news comes in the form of another casting announcement as Vikings‘ Katheryn Winnick has been added to the film.

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Jackie Earle Haley, of Rorschach and Freddy Krueger fame will be hitting big and small screens again very soon. Haley has become the consummate “bad guy” in recent years and it looks like that won’t be stopping anytime soon. AMC’s upcoming Preacher series recently announced Haley as villain Odin. He’ll be following that will two more villainous turns, but in wildly different areas – The Tick and The Dark Tower (more…)

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Dark Tower fans, for one of the first times since the movie adaptation finally found a home at Sony, there is some good news on the horizon. After a bit of a casting misstep in the eyes of many fans and the addition of an absolutely superfluous new villain, not to mention the news that The Dark Tower film series will not begin with the first book in the series, The Gunslinger, Sony finally has made another great decision (the first, of course, being the master casting of Matthew McConaughey as The Man In Black), possibly two. It seems that two of Roland’s tet-mates may have been cast and if the news is to be believed, Eddie Dean and Jake Chambers have not only been found but, believe it or not, the casting is right on target. (more…)

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If you are a fan of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, you no doubt felt a bit of a beamquake earlier today and there is good cause. The heathens behind the very long awaited film adaptation of King’s magnum opus have now given fans even more to be nervous about when it comes to the Hollywood treatment of the material.  So very much more.  Not only has King officially announced the casting of Roland, the last gunslinger in a world that has moved on, but more has been revealed about the direction of the first movie which, by and large, is not great.  As those who have completed the series will remember, King once gave you a chance to turn back before learning the horrible truth. Constant Readers, here is your chance. (more…)

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Every once in a while, casting decisions, or even rumors of casting potentials, lead fans of a franchise to run to their keyboards in outrage, so that they can post their (generally negative) opinions all over the internet for anyone willing to read them.  Sometimes, the fans are completely off the mark, such as the anger with Health Ledger’s assignment as The Joker in The Dark Knight, and other times, such as with the excitement to see Daniel Craig pick up the role of James Bond, those fans are spot on.  Recently, fans of Stephen King’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower, were ecstatic to learn that the long awaited big screen adaptation of the series was finally on its way. Information on the project has been sparse since the announcement, to say the least, but rumors of Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba being eyed as the series’ stars managed to slip, though their involvement remained unconfirmed. Until now. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, author Stephen King managed to confirm that maybe those rumors aren’t so crazy after all. (more…)

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After years of speculation, a TV series forever languishing in development hell, along with fan outcry over the inherent troubles with creating The Dark Tower adaptation in the first place, the Stephen King fantasy epic seems to be finally be making a beeline for the silver screen. For anyone that’s still new to the fantasy genre, The Dark Tower is a western fantasy series written by horror mega-author Stephen King, spanning across seven books. It tells the story of Roland Deschain, son of Steven and last gunslinger of Gilead, as he crosses the Wastelands of Midworld in search of the titular Dark Tower, the absolute center of every world in the universe.

The story features a very large and impressive cast of characters and is presented in a very non-linear fashion by the author, which makes an exact adaptation a doozy for the uninitiated, to say the least. However, movie director Nikolaj Arcel believes that it can be done. But until we get some solid info on what the final product is going to look like, the development team have decided to weigh in on some of their more important creative choices…

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Matthew McConaughey Considers ‘The Dark Tower’

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“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed”.  If that line doesn’t automatically bring you goosebumps, you have never had the pleasure of reading Stephen King’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower series.  The first book in the series, The Gunslinger, follows Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger (in this world, “gunslingers” are basically Jedi with revolvers, no Force, and less rules), as he chases The Man in Black, who holds the key to continuing Roland’s quest to the Dark Tower, which sits at the center of existence.  After years of false hope and false starts, Sony has finally begun moving forward with their adaptation of The Gunslinger and today it appears that things are really picking up momentum as Matthew McConaughey (hey, hey) has been offered the role of not only Roland but also of the man in black. (more…)

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