Sarasota’s Herald Tribune caught up with Stephen King when he was in town to promote and sign copies of his 2016 book End of Watch, the third in a trilogy of Detective Bill Hodges crime novels. In addition to his new book, the two upcoming films based on his work, IT and The Dark Tower, were discussed. We already knew he’d seen IT, directed by Andrés Muschietti, but apparently, he’s seen The Dark Tower as well. So what does he think?
Per The Herald Tribune:
“And I’ve seen ‘It’ the film, and that’s terrific,” King said. “And I’ve seen ‘The Dark Tower’ and that’s terrific.”
This is especially good news, considering the bestselling author has been notoriously harsh on other adaptations of his work (Stanly Kubrick’s The Shining is one of his least favorites). There’s got to be a lot of pressure on a filmmaker to live up to King’s expectations!
We don’t have a trailer for The Dark Tower yet, but here’s what we know so far: The film is being directed by Nikolaj Arcel who co-wrote the script with Akiva Goldsman. The Dark Tower stars Katheryn Winnick, Matthew McConaughey, and Idris Elba and is slated for US Theatrical release on July 28th.
Official Synopsis: The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, roams an Old West-like landscape where “the world has moved on” in pursuit of the man in black. Also searching for the fabled Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.
We’ll keep you posted on IT and The Dark Tower as additional details emerge. Stay tuned!