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 »

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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the dark tower image

Although we likely won’t be seeing the first trailer for director Nikolaj Arcel‘s adaptation of The Dark Tower until October at the earliest, it looks like Sony isn’t going to be leaving us high and dry. A new image has arrived from the recently wrapped film, showing off a main character, a mysterious location, and a key line of dialogue from The Gunslinger, the first novel in the Stephen King series that inspired this film.

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the dark tower trailer

The upcoming adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower recently wrapped filming, and while we’ve seen photos from the seta bunch of new stills, and extensive conversations with stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, we’ve yet to see any actual footage from the film. But now we can start a countdown, as it has been revealed that the first footage from Nikolaj Arcel‘s fantasy/horror/western will be arriving in October.

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dark tower images

Yesterday brought a barrage of new information concerning The Dark Tower, Nikolaj Arcel‘s currently filming adaptation/remix of Stephen King‘s horror/fantasy/western book series. The onslaught continues today with a series of new images from film, showing off Idris Elba‘s Roland, Tom Taylor‘s Jake Chambers, and post-apocalyptic land known as Mid-World. Oh, and also New York City.

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matthew mcconaughey dark tower

Earlier today, we got our first official look at Nikolaj Arcel‘s The Dark Tower, the adaptation/remix of Stephen King‘s beloved horror/fantasy/western/science fiction series that has become a cornerstone of modern genre fiction. While the first wave of news rode upon a series of great quotes from star Idris Elba and a very evocative description of one of the film’s key sets, the second wave is all about Matthew McConaughey‘s black-clad villain and how this very tricky, dense series is making the transition to film.

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It’s hard to imagine a more perfect actor for the role of Roland Deschain than Idris Elba, a man who contains all of the swagger and weariness you’d want from a knight-cowboy wandering a fantastical post-apocalypse in pursuit of the warlock who destroyed his world and plans to end existence as we know it. Stephen King‘s Dark Tower series has its ups and downs, but its the kind of imaginative blend of genres that demands a big screen adaptation and Roland the Gunslinger is the kind of larger-than-life character who deserves an actor of Elba’s caliber.

Elba’s casting has proven controversial in certain corners of the internet (spoiler alert: it’s because he’s a black man), but a new interview from the set of director Nikolaj Arcel‘s The Dark Tower is all of the evidence you need that he’s the man for job. But surely you already knew that.

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the dark tower movie

“The man in black fled across the city, and the iPhone cameras followed.” That should be the new opening line for The Dark TowerNikolaj Arcel‘s new movie based on Stephen King‘s bestselling fantasy series. Since production moved to New York, the internet has been flooded with photos of stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, taken by paparazzi and random passersby.

Today, producer Ron Howard got in on the fun as well, sharing a photo of himself with Arcel and Elba in full gunslinging gear. See the behind-the-scenes Dark Tower photo below.  Read More »

dark tower spoilers

The film version of The Dark Tower has been filming for a few weeks now and everywhere you look, fans are filled with a strange combination of enthusiasm and dread. Enthusiasm because after years and years of being trapped in development hell, Stephen King‘s messy-but-magnificent fantasy/horror/science fiction series is being made into a movie. Dread because the movie director Nikolaj Arcel is shooting looks like a very loose adaptation of the books. 

But what if there’s a reason for this being a loose adaptation? What if the film happens to be more than just a basic adaptation and may very well add to the Dark Tower mythos in an intriguing way? Stephen King himself has now seemingly implied this, but the details will be spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read the books.

Seriously. Huge book spoilers lurk below. C’mon, don’t be that person who ignores the spoiler warning and gets mad about it.

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UPDATE: Deadline reports that Michael Barbieri, the star of Little Men, has joined the cast as Timmy, a friend to Jake Chambers. The original story follows below.

That headline may be a bit of a deep cut for the uninitiated, but you hopefully got the gist of it: Katheryn Winnick, who is best known for playing Lagertha on the History Channel’s Vikings series, has joined the rapidly expanding cast of the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. Whom she’ll play in Nikolaj Arcel‘s film remains unknown, but one report suggests that fans of the book series should stop scouring the text to find a connection – it looks like she could be playing a newly invented character.

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