Two new videos for The Dark Tower teases multiple connections to more of Stephen King's work. The Dark Tower is set to arrive in theaters next month, starring Idris Elba as Roland, the Gunslinger, and Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black. Spanning seven novels, plus short stories and a tie-in comic book series, The Dark Tower has rightly been described as King's Magnum Opus. The Dark Tower director, Nikolaj Arcel, seems to have taken this on board, too, dotting references to more of King's work in the first Dark Tower trailer.
King is the master when it comes to connecting his stories to one another. Many will know that The Man in Black is the same figure who appears in several of King's works, under various guises, and he is always the embodiment of pure evil. Known as Randall Flagg, The Walkin' Dude, Walter O'Dim, Bill Hinch and The Dark Man, to name but a few, the character has appeared in 'The Dark Tower', 'The Stand', 'The Eyes of the Dragon', 'Hearts in Atlantis' and 'Gwendy's Button Box'. But elsewhere, King has tied in other details and references to more novels to his Dark Tower series, and Arcel has taken that and expanded upon it. In a newly-released preview, we hear the voice of Elba as we journey through many of King's works, starting with 'The Shining'. Take a look, above.
How many did you spot? 'The Shining,' 'IT', 'The Shawshank Redemption', 'Carrie' and 'The Stand' all feature, tied together by one line that is integral to The Dark Tower series: "There are other worlds than these." Those who have read the books will know the impact of that line, but for those going into The Dark Tower without prior knowledge of what exactly it is, it's useful to know that all worlds are dependent upon the Tower still standing. If that tower falls, so does the entirety of all existence. Fans will also know about the importance of the rose, and the color red is prominent in this promo, and a rose can be seen in a vase in the hallway of the Overlook Hotel.
Another preview has also been released, featuring plenty of brief glimpses at King references hidden within The Dark Tower movie. There's references to 'Cujo', 'The Shining', 'IT', 'Misery', 'The Stand' and 'Christine' contained within. There are also twins shown prominently; from 'The Green Mile', maybe? Did you catch the picture of Rita Hayworth, referencing 'The Shawshank Redemption'? And how about the shop sign advertising Barlow and Straker from 'Salem's Lot'? Again, those who have read 'The Dark Tower' series will know that 'Salem's Lot' is referenced strongly in later novels.
With so many King references in just these two short previews, there's the possibility that The Dark Tower will keep us all glued to the screen searching for Easter Eggs when it arrives in theaters. It also, rather excitingly, paves the way for future Dark Tower movies, or the tie-in TV series, to contain even more references and even the possibility of some of those characters from other King books making an appearance on screen.
Source: Sony Pictures
- The Dark Tower (2017) release date: Aug 04, 2017
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