A new trailer for The Dark Tower has been classified ahead of release. Set to arrive in theaters this August, The Dark Tower is the long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s series of novels. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, it stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, and Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black. Newcomer Tom Taylor also stars as Jake Chambers, the young child from New York who accompanies Roland on his quest to reach the Dark Tower.
Marketing for The Dark Tower has been relatively muted throughout; Sony didn’t even release the first trailer for the movie until May. Since then, we have at least had a few more tidbits, such as posters and TV spots. Now, Trailer Track reports that a second trailer is classified for release and, in a change from most second trailers, it’s not just the same footage we’ve already had, but rather it offers a brand new look at the movie. At 90 seconds long, it’s not excessive, but it is something, and it might go some way to appeasing the worries some King fans have over the movie.
It’s fair to say concerns don’t lie with the casting; Elba and McConaughey seem like the perfect fit for their roles, and what we’ve seen of Taylor also looks impressive. Instead, concerns lie with how Arcel has managed to incorporate enough of King’s work into what is rumored to be a movie of just 85 minutes, and perhaps most importantly, what parts of the novels are left out. Spanning eight (very long) books, plus a comic book series, The Dark Tower tells a long and fascinating tale. It’s complex at times, and requires great explanation, but the basic story is that Roland must reach the Tower before The Man in Black, otherwise the Tower will fall and many worlds, including our own, will be destroyed. Each time that Roland reaches the Tower, his story begins over again, with small changes along the way.
It is one of these other incarnations of the tale that Arcel has chose to tell, making The Dark Tower movie a very original adaptation, and allowing room for artistic changes, such as the exclusion of Eddie and Susannah Dean from the story. Dependent on the success of The Dark Tower, we could see them appear in subsequent movies. We could also see the arrival of a tie-in TV series, telling the story of Roland’s formative years as a trainee gunslinger, as told in Wizard and Glass. Those possibilities largely depend on those not familiar with the books going to see the movie anyway. Hopefully, a second trailer can convince audiences to do just that.
Source: Trailer Track
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