The Dark Tower is a movie that has been beset by problems ever since the idea was first conceived. The adaption of Stephen King’s epic body of work is not something that can be done lightly, or easily; the story spans a large passage of time, as well as many worlds, and the list of characters is vast. The project has been in the works for a long time, and has moved house several times, too, finally making its home at Sony Pictures, where the movie has finally been made.
Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, and starring Idris Elba as The Gunslinger, and Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black, The Dark Tower has already had its release date pushed back from February to July, in order that more post-production work can take place. Even so, it does seem strange that we haven’t had so much as a teaser trailer released so far, and fans of King’s Dark Tower novels, who have been eager to see this work get made into a movie, are starting to get worried.
There is light on the horizon, though; a new song from the trailer has been released online (hat tip to BMD), meaning that surely, surely a trailer release is imminent. A cover of The Who’s “Behind Blue Eyes” has appeared on both Spotify and Amazon, and features artwork based on a previously released image of Elba as The Gunslinger. Check out the artwork below:
The track is performed by L’Orchestra Cinematique. BMD also report that test screenings of The Dark Tower have been taking place, and since we’re now only 5 months away from the scheduled release date, Sony really needs to get moving on a trailer release and promotion, otherwise The Dark Tower is doomed to fail before it’s even released.
Sony has a mammoth task on their hands, but they must’ve known that when they took the project on. With Elba – one of the hottest names in Hollywood right now – attached, and King’s epic storytelling to work with, The Dark Tower has masses of potential. Given the size and scope of the story, a connecting TV series is also planned, as well as there being room for more movie sequels, if this one does well. The question is, will Sony do the best by the movie, or not?
2017 is going to be a big year for King’s work to appear on screen, be it big or small. The It remake is moving along, set for release in September, Netflix are soon to release an adaptation of Gerald’s Game, and Josh Boone is working on adaptations of Revival and The Stand. Hopefully, The Dark Tower will be a strong start to the list, and fingers crossed we have our trailer, soon.