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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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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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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Posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I’m not actually going to believe that a movie based on Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower actually exists until I’m sitting in a theater and the lights go down and I’m actually watching Matthew McConaughey flee across the desert while Idris Elba follows. Until then, I’m going to treat this whole thing with a healthy amount of skepticism – once you’ve been burned, you know not to get too excited about the new stove.
In any case, director Nikolaj Arcel‘s science fiction and horror-tinged fantasy epic has just recruited another new actor. The mostly unknown Tom Taylor will play Jake Chambers, the 12-year old boy who finds himself drawn into the world of Roland Deschain the Gunslinger and proceeds to develop a strong bond with Elba’s wandering warrior. And since this is a Stephen King story, he has a really, really rough time.
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