The movie adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower has certainly been a long time coming. Hit by a series of delays, Sony Pictures eventually picked up and made the movie; with Nikolaj Arcel as director, The Dark Tower draws from all of Stephen King’s books within the series, and stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain AKA The Gunslinger, and Matthew McConaughey as Walter, The Man in Black. The movie was originally set for release this February, but was delayed to summer in order to finish post-production without rushing. Thus far, we have yet to see any footage from the movie.
The Dark Tower is still happening, though, which will come as a relief to fans who have been waiting so long to see King’s epic series of novels realized on the big screen. Primarily, the movie will focus on the events of the first novel, titled ‘The Gunslinger’, where Roland, the last remaining Gunslinger, travels across barren desert in his world in order to fulfill his quest, which is to reach the Dark Tower. He is constantly pursued and mentally tormented by The Man in Black, and when Roland meets young Jake Chambers, a boy who has died in our world but is now alive in his, the quest takes a darker turn.
“It’s a dark tale of Christianity, it is. The epic, mythical battle of good versus evil. There’s multiple worlds happening, that you can inhabit simultaneously and you will see myself, Walter, and Idris, The Gunslinger, go head to head.”
The multiple world aspect to which McConaughey refers is really explored in later books, elements of which will feature in The Dark Tower movie. However, aside from Jake, the rest of Roland’s ka-tet; Eddie, Susannah, and Oy, won’t appear in this movie. Arcel does intend on including them in future installments, though, whether that be in movie format or in a TV series, which is one of the options being considered as a way to tell all of King’s series.
Nearly all of King’s writings contain biblical references, some more overtly than others. The Man in Black appears in many of King’s work, including The Stand, The Eyes of the Dragon, and The Dark Tower series, and his character goes by many names, such as Randall Flagg, The Walkin’ Dude, and The Dark Man. His character can be directly paralleled to the Devil in the Bible, despite the fact that King claims that was not his intention. The Man in Black is a charming character and yet is the embodiment of pure evil. As King has put it, he appeals to the dark side in all of us. Throughout his appearances in King’s work, his message is always the same: “I know all the things that you want and I can give them to you and all you have to do is give me your soul.”
Seeing McConaughey bringing this character to life is an exciting and enticing prospect, and the thought of seeing him and Elba face off against one another is almost too good to be true – but when is the first trailer going to arrive? While fans of King or The Dark Tower will see the movie anyway, Sony should get the ball rolling with promotion for The Dark Tower sooner than later, if the studio is going to draw a wider audience and ensure that subsequent sequels and/or TV shows can be made.
Source: Erik Davis
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