Director Nikolaj Arcel Explains the Dark Tower Runtime

There’s one thing you learn very quickly about The Dark Tower director Nikolaj Arcel — the man is a dedicated fan of Stephen King‘s epic fantasy/horror/science fiction series.

We spoke during the San Diego Comic-Con in a Gaslamp District bar remade for promotional purposes into the Dixie Pig, a restaurant from King’s novels (and the upcoming film adaptation) that caters to a not-quite-human clientele and serves as a gateway between worlds. And while the bulk of our conversation was dedicated to all things Dark Tower and how he tackled this long-gestating adaptation, I had to ask him the question of the moment. Why is The Dark Tower, an adaptation of a sprawling saga that spans seven thick novels, only 95 minutes long?

And Arcel had an answer.

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the dark tower creature

The Dark Tower opens in a little over two weeks and the lack of marketing and that 95-minute runtime rightfully have fans of Stephen King’s beloved horror/fantasy series concerned. After years of development, could this long-waited adaptation arrive with a whimper instead of a bang?

It’s a question worth asking (and worrying about). But for now, this new featurette practically doubles as a new trailer, offering all kinds of new footage while various talking heads discuss the finer points of King’s “magnum opus.”

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Update: Stephen King himself has chimed in on the running time, arguing that the film is just following in the footsteps of the first book in the series:

The original article follows below.

The Dark Tower series is possibly one of Stephen King’s most difficult books to get into: It’s dense, it’s convoluted, it’s strange, and most frustratingly, it’s long. But thankfully, the film adaptation of The Dark Tower  doesn’t seem to be at least one of those things.

The official run time of The Dark Tower puts Nikolaj Arcel‘s sci-fi film gives me hope that this is the start of a trend for shorter blockbuster run times starting with this weekend’s Dunkirk. Could we be seeing the end of three-hour monstrosities? Is King’s most dense saga the answer to our cinematic run time problems?

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the dark tower trailer

Longtime fans of Stephen King’s lengthy seven-book saga The Dark Tower weren’t exactly thrilled with the film adaptation’s first trailer. Instead of being a straightforward retelling of The Gunslinger, the first story in King’s saga, director Nikolaj Arcel’s movie picks and chooses aspects from multiple books in the series, leaving fans wondering what they’re in for when the movie finally hits theaters.

Now Arcel has confirmed something King himself hinted at over a year ago: The Dark Tower movie is actually a continuation of the story that began in King’s novels. Read on to find out more, but beware – spoilers lie ahead.
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the dark tower trailer

There really is a movie version of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower coming out and a trailer has arrived to prove it! After a series of delays made the the internet question whether or not this movie is an actual thing Sony in which has has invested millions of dollars or just an elaborate prank, real, actual, outside-of-CinemaCon footage has arrived to confirm the former. The Dark Tower is here and it looks…well, how about we watch the trailer and find out?

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The Dark Tower Teaser Poster

Stephen King fans have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the first trailer for the adaptation of the author’s book series The Dark Tower from Columbia Pictures and MRC. It sounds like they won’t have to wait much longer though, because Stephen King just released the first teaser poster for the film.

The Dark Tower teaser poster seems like a pretty simple piece of marketing at first, using juxtaposing images of Idris Elba as The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, and Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers opposite an image of Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black, the silhouette created by the buildings around them should reveal an image familiar to fans of the books.

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jumanji release date

Sony is reorganizing its release calendar, and that means a few big titles are getting shifted around. First off, The Dark Tower has been postponed from February 2017 to summer 2017, as we reported earlier today… and it’s taking over Jumanji‘s slot, which means Jumanji is now getting pushed to Christmas 2017.

Meanwhile, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver has gone from being a spring movie to being a summer movie, and The Equalizer 2 — the first sequel of Denzel Washington’s entire career — is getting delayed one year to fall 2018. Get full details on the Jumanji release date and more below.  Read More »

the dark tower trailer

After so many years of on-again, off-again development, Sony’s The Dark Tower adaptation finally went into production this year, wrapping up over the summer under director Nikolaj Arcel. But it looks like fans will have to wait a little bit longer to see the results. The fantasy saga has reportedly been postponed from to summer 2017. Find out why below.  Read More »

the dark tower tv series

Even by fantasy franchise standards, MRC’s adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower looks pretty damn ambitious. Next year brings the much-anticipated movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, but that’s just the first piece in the puzzle. Also in the works is a companion TV series that’ll fill in some of the the universe’s intricate backstory. Elba will reprise his role for the show, as will his Dark Tower movie co-star Tom Taylor. But the project is also looking to cast a younger actor who can play the teenage version of Elba’s character.  Read More »

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dark tower interview

The fact that a film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower has finished filming and it currently being edited for an early 2017 release date still amazes me. Just two years ago, this project looked completely and totally dead, the victim of an overly ambitious cross-media plan and budgetary constraints. And now, I can write an article that can include a picture of Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, the last Gunslinger at the top. This blows my mind.

From 2010 through 2015, Ron Howard was steering The Dark Tower alongside his producing partner Brian Grazer, eventually handing the project over to director Nikolaj Arcel. However, Howard and Grazer remained on board as producers and they’ve spilled their guts in a fantastic new interview where they explain the long journey to getting this movie off the ground.

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