Fans of the eponymously titled fantasy series written by best-selling American novelist Stephen King that is The Dark Tower already have a lot to look forward to when the longawaited theatrical adaptation finally makes its way to theaters later this August – and the latest word from King has an Easter egg hidden within the film revealed. Based on the footage provided thus far from the forthcoming motion picture’s first official trailer, director Nikolaj Arcel has more than a few tricks up his sleeve for longtime fans of the original series of books.
With Hollywood A-listers Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey on board to play the heroic Gunslinger Roland Deschain and the nefarious Man in Black respectively, The Dark Tower movie should provide for a true feast for the cinematic senses. And with even more King theatrical adaptations on the way – by way of the Andrés Muschietti directed adaptation of IT and the forthcoming J.J. Abrams produced original series for Hulu that is Castle Rock – King fans are in for plenty of material culled from the very best works by the acclaimed writer to hit both the big and the small screen in the near future.
Speaking of which, King has just revealed to IGN that another infamous horror creation from one of his most well known novels will make a brief appearence in The Dark Tower as a bonus Easter egg for viewers who keep their eyes peeled. After waxing poetic in regards to his good will and enthusiasm for the latest theatrical adaptation of his fiction as directed by Arcel, King revealed that none other than the rabid St. Bernard named Cujo – a creature of untold demonic origin first introduced in the eponymously published novel from 1981 – will make an appearence in the streets of New York City in the new film. Speaking to this especially coy Easter egg in a movie already thoroughly peppered with them, King stated:
“If viewers who are familiar with my work look very closely, they might see Cujo. Keep an eye out for Cujo in New York City.”
Seeing the return of Cujo to the big screen in The Dark Tower – following his appearance in the theatrical adaptation of King’s original novel from 1983 – would certainly be an exciting turn of events for longtime King readers. For everyone else, be ready to pay close attention whenever Roland makes his way through New York City in the new movie, as the rabid St. Bernard could be around any dark corner.
Knowing that Arcel and company went to such lengths to faithfully adapt The Dark Tower into a feature length blockbuster event that so effortlessly blends various artifacts and supporting characters from King’s entire bibliography is exciting to say the very least. On that note, here’s to hoping for the very best as the movie makes its way to theaters later this summer.