The Dark Tower TV show

“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” So begins author Stephen King’s magnum opus The Dark Tower, a multi-novel series that took King three decades to complete. How long the story will take to unfold across film and television screens has a lot to do with how well the first film performs when it lands in theaters this week, and now there’s some good news for long-time fans who may not be thrilled with the liberties the movie is taking with King’s novels.

In a new interview, director Nikolaj Arcel spoke about the planned The Dark Tower TV show that will theoretically air in between movies, and he revealed that the show – if it happens – will be “totally canon” and hew much closer to the source material than the film.
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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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the dark tower run time

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

We’re now in the second half of blockbuster summer, and while it seems like all the big studios movies will stop charging into theaters once the end of July rolls around, Sony Pictures wants to make sure you don’t forget about the one arriving a little late to the summer blockbuster cookout.

The Dark Tower is an adaptation of Stephen King‘s acclaimed and beloved book series, and a new international trailer has just arrived to teased the conflict between the last gunslinger (Idris Elba) and the figure of evil known as The Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). This trailer certainly isn’t light on the action, and it gives us a much better glimpse at the battle these two wage against each other, a battle that could end up having drastic consequences for our own world.

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the dark tower featurette

Can the dense mythology of The Dark Tower be condensed into a two-minute featurette narrated by Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey and Stephen King? Kind of.

The first look at the film outside of its cryptic trailers dives into the motivations of the characters played by Elba and McConaughey, shows some new footage of the film, offers up some glimpses behind-the-scenes, and boils the story down to its essence: a fight between good and evil.

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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 TV Spots

Sony Pictures is bringing the long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King‘s book series The Dark Tower to theater at the beginning of August. The first trailer for the sci-fi western was more confusing than anything, especially for anyone who isn’t familiar with the book series, though our trailer breakdown may have helped a bit.

Now some TV spots for The Dark Tower have started hitting the small screen, presumably taking advantage of the audience watching the NBA Finals, and while they don’t really do much to explain the story more, they do show off more of Idris Elba slinging guns like a badass while Matthew McConaughey threatens to turn the world into hell.

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Gallery 1988 Stephen King Art Show

This year brings not one but two adaptations of Stephen King properties. We’ll get The Dark Tower in August and then a new take on the horror classic It in September. Both titles are featured several times in Gallery 1988’s new art show inspired by the various works by Stephen King. Other celebrated titles include but are not limited to Christine, Stand By Me, The Green Mile, Cujo, Misery, The Mist and more.

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The Dark Tower Trailer Breakdown 61

After years of development hell, a surprisingly quiet production, and a series of release date delays, the big screen adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower is finally hitting theaters this August. The first trailer arrived this morning and it…well, it’s certainly not what this book fan expected. Everyone who loves these novels is going to carry their own baggage into this movie, which is already going to be a weird sell for normal folks.

So, in the interest of coming to terms with this movie as book reader, and to explain to newbies what the hell is going on, it’s time for a Dark Tower trailer breakdown.

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