When Stephen King Tweeted out a picture of The Horn of Eld a year ago, right around the time it was announced that Nikolaj Arcel’s Dark Tower film was officially in the works, many fans theorized (hoped, prayed) that this was an important clue to the movie’s trajectory. Those who have read The Dark Tower series know that the heroic Gunslinger (played in the film by Idris Elba) found himself atop the titular tower at the series’ epic conclusion, only to realize he needs the Horn of Eld to complete his mission. The series ends with the Gunslinger transported back in time to repeat his quest all over again—only this time, he had the Horn.
Check out King’s original Tweet below.
The Dark Tower is close, now. The Crimson King awaits. Soon Roland will raise the Horn of Eld. And blow. pic.twitter.com/rqGSKM3dWL
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) May 19, 2016
The Dark Tower is close, now. The Crimson King awaits. Soon Roland will raise the Horn of Eld. And blow.
When the trailer for The Dark Tower (below) was released recently, fans scoured every frame and pixel for a sign that The Gunslinger was indeed in possession of The Horn of Eld—but nothing was found, leaving the question as to whether the film would be a straight-up adaptation or a sequel uncertain. Well, Arcel has just put an end to the argument via an interview he gave with ING.
“It is, in fact, a continuation,” director Nik Arcel told IGN. “It is a canon continuation. That’s exactly what we intended and what Stephen King has signed off on.”
So no. The Dark Tower movie is not a 1:1 adaptation of the books. It’s a sequel to the books and a pseudo-reboot as well. Which, according to Arcel, King was happy about. After seeing the film for the first time, the author wrote to the director. “He said ‘This is not exactly my novel but this is very much the spirt and the tone and I’m very happy.’”
Check out the trailer and synopsis for The Dark Tower below, and let us know what you think of the reveal that the film is a continuation of the book series in the Comments section!
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. The Dark Tower stars Katheryn Winnick, Matthew McConaughey, and Idris Elba and is slated for US Theatrical release on August 4th.
Stephen King originally published the first Dark Tower novel back in 1982; it’s unique in the bestselling author’s pantheon for its inclusion of western elements, along with horror and sci-fi. The Dark Tower series includes 8 books total, meaning this summer’s film could be the beginning of an enduring and profitable franchise.
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