In slightly upsetting news given this week’s circumstances, EW has reported that the release of the upcoming film adaptation of “The Dark Tower” has been delayed.
The Dark Tower was originally supposed to release in theaters on February 17, 2017 but according to Sony Pictures it will now open in theaters on July 28, 2017. That date was previously held by Sony’s Jumanji, which will now open on December 22, 2017 instead.
The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum. It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.
The word is that the film isn’t a direct adaptation of the novel series but rather a continuation and sort of remix of the novels, focusing on Roland’s final cycle in his pursuit of the titular location and using elements of all the books. So it should be an interesting ride.
The film features an impressive cast to bring the novel series to life. It stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, The Gunslinger, with Matthew McConaughey appearing as his rival and sworn enemy, Randall Flagg aka The man in black. They are joined by Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers, Abbey Lee as Tirana, and Fran Kranz as Pimli, the right hand man of Randall Flagg, Jackie Earle Haley, Katheryn Winnick, and Claudia Kiim.
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Stephen King’s Dark Tower series is finally heading to the big screen and the production has added a fantastic new cast member making me feel a little better about the project. Longtime Whedonverse star, Fran Kranz has been cast as Pimli in the Sony adaptation.
Kranz joins Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. The character of Pimli is the antagonist and “right-hand man” to McConaughey’s bad guy, the Man in Black. The Dark Tower fantasy series stars Elba as Roland Deshcain, a wandering knight errant of sorts, and the last hope of the Mid-World. With a pair revolvers and the help of a few friends, Deshcain aims to right things in his fallen realm by way of the Dark Tower, a structure that stands at the nexus point of both time and space. In the process he must battle his nemesis the Man in Black, who too is attempting to reach the Dark Tower to harness its powers.
The Dark Tower will be helmed by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer via production using their Imagine Entertainment banner, while Nikolaj Arcei is set to direct.
Aaron Paul, our favorite drug dealer and Wheel of Fortune contestant, has reportedly had “tons of meeting” regarding the starring role of Eddie Dean in the upcoming adaptation of “The Dark Tower.” Paul confirmed the news at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
The adaptation (which may be a TV or movie) would be based on Stephen King’s eight book series of the same name. The project has been in the works for years now and was thought to be stuck in Hollywood limbo. However, my hero of film, Ron Howard, is now the director attached to the adaptation. He has assured fans that he and everyone else hasn’t forgotten about the mammoth project sitting on their radar.
He also said that he and producer Brian Grazer had taken a vow of silence due to rabid media interest. Sorry, not sorry.
Then this month, Paul, revealed that the project is moving forward and he is in talks to play the central character.
“I just had a general sit down with Ron Howard, who is a huge fan of the show (Breaking Bad, naturally),” Paul told Ain’t it Cool News at Sundance, “which is such a crazy thing to even think that Ron Howard even knows who I am. They’re definitely planning on making it.”
Also, no one spoil the ending. Paul is only halfway through the series right now but admits that the main character’s awesomeness.
“I’m excited. Their goal is to do three films, but also have a television element to it, which will be very interesting. From what I hear, Eddie Dean is a pretty epic, iconic character.”
Currently, there is no more word from Howard or Grazer about the progress but we are hoping for news to popup soon now that Paul may be involved.
The big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower continues to fall on troubled waters as another studio turns down the project. Universal Pictures dropped the project that would have been a multi-film commitment earlier this year and now Warner Bros has reportedly turned down a proposal to take over the ambitious project.
The adaptation was being helmed by Ron Howard and Imagine Entertainment according to Variety.
While Warner Bros, is the latest in a list of studios turning down the project, the film may not necessarily be dead. In a world where most of our biggest hitting franchises are adaptation of fantasy and science fiction novels, King’s Dark Tower franchise would seemingly fit right in.
Howard initially planned to make a triology based on the novel series with an accompanying television series to fill in the gaps between each film installment. Akiva Goldsman is on board to provide the screenplay and has reportedly delivered his latest draft for the first film
It was also originally reported that Javier Bardem would be expected to portray gunslinger Roland Deshain, a character who travels across a desolate and vaguely post-apocalyptic landscape in his quest for a black tower. Russell Crowe later showed interest to take the lead role if the project got a greenlight from Warner. There is no word on whether Crowe will remain attached to the project since the studio passed on the project.
Between movies based on the re-imaginings of fairy tales, literary remixes and one shot book deals, production companies are looking for the next big franchise. For popular comic book titles like Batman and Spider-man, some properties can even be remade until the heat death of the universe. So what will be the next big thing? Who will take over for the Harry Potter series or the Twilight Saga for multi-film dominance? (editors note: The Hunger Games!)
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. Is very close to completing a deal which will bring the Stephen King name once again to the movie screen. Not a contrived horror story about an evil lamp or stapler; Thank you Simpsons; but instead the films will be adaptations of King’s Dark Tower series.
This screen adaptation has currently been written by Akiva Goldsman, who will also produce the movie alongside Brian Grazer and Stephen King. Ron Howard has been brought on to direct the first feature film in what might be many more to come. To compound the ability to make money in this multi-film deal, there is even talks of a television series that might supplement the action between films; lots of Spartacus like prequels. Wow. I just realized that’s what they might end up doing for Ender’s Game if they go into sequels. Not only are there little short stories that serve as prequels, but they’re making new comics based on the life of Mazer Rackham.
King’s Dark Tower is a post-apocalyptic story that is equal parts spaghetti western and Tolkian fantasy. Portions I recall from the bits and pieces of comics I’ve read involve a wandering gun slinger who paid with things from his grow-bag; a magical pouch that would spit out coins and the occasional gem. The movie was initially pitched to Universal Studios back in 2010 as a three film deal with two limited-run television series. Probably thinking it was too much of a gamble to fully commit, the studio only gave the green light for one film. It’s the safe choice to make considering that the Dark Tower series is seven books long. As popular as the series has become, The Dark Tower is not as family friendly as Harry Potter was; a lot more violent and more horrific.
Nothing is written in stone yet, so don’t get your hopes up too soon. Warner Bros. Hasn’t fully committed, but with the momentum that the Howard and his team has built up, The Dark Tower looks like it’s prime for Hollywood plucking. So who will play Roland Deschain, the last living member of the knightly order of gunslingers? When the film adaptation was in Universal Studios’ hands, Javier Bardem; No Country for Old Men; was attached to the lead role. Who else would be more perfect to play an emotionless, compassionless killing machine? If schedules all work out in time for the potential filming of The Dark Tower, Bardem will likely keep the role.