Though 2017 will be packed full of comic book characters coming to life on the big screen, Sony is looking to build a franchise off of a seminal series by Stephen King. Long in development as both a film and TV series by producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, The Dark Tower is finally coming to cinemas this summer. While not much is known about the movie, it's said be a spiritual sequel to the conclusion of the story written in the book of the same name in 2004. For those unfamiliar, the story can be quite dense, as it's spanned nine novels and novellas between 1982 and 2012, along with a number of comics.
While a TV show is still in the works that will detail the origin of protagonist Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), all eyes are on the upcoming movie for the time being. We've seen a few images from the film, showing Elba and Matthew McConaughey (who will play the villainous Man in Black). We've even learned why McConaughey passed up a role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to star in the movie. Hopefully, the stiff competition The Dark Tower will face from Marvel's other summer blockbuster, Spider-Man: Homecoming, won't deter the film's success. Fans have long been waiting for this project to see the light of day, so the movie will at least benefit from its healthy fanbase.
To celebrate the release of the film, Funko has just unveiled a new pair of their Pop! vinyl figures for the film's hero and villain. Check them out below (courtesy of Comic Book).
Funko has been on a roll lately, churning out figures for multiple TV shows and movies. Just yesterday, we got a look at a new line of figures from Homecoming, plus some concept art for figures based on the characters of Justice League. Even Rick & Morty got in on the action. Funkos are fast becoming the go-to way to not only represent your fandom, but get early looks at characters (like this Ego from Guardians 2).
For fans of The Dark Tower, it's just one more thing to hold them over while they await the movie's release. Of course, the upcoming trailer will also help with that. Columbia certainly needs to start getting the promotional machine rolling. Despite the series' dedicated fanbase, the movie will have an uphill battle for moviegoers unfamiliar with the books. Until then, we'll bring you all things The Dark Tower, so stay tuned.
Source: Comic Book
- The Dark Tower (2017) release date: Aug 04, 2017