There are so many Stephen King adaptations in the works it’s become something of a challenge to keep up with the details of each project. We know a new It film is headed our way, we know there are plans for an adaptation of Lisey’s Story as well. A series of King’s shorter works are rumored to be in development, as well. But the picture that has many fidgeting with anticipation and curiosity is the long-anticipated feature length adaptation of The Dark Tower. The plan, as we know it, is to turn the story into a full franchise.
Sounds awesome to us!
After a little production downtime we’re now learning of some major Dark Tower strides. According to Entertainment Weekly Idris Elba will star as the famed gunslinger Roland Deschain, while Matthew McConaughey will play the villainous Man in Black.
What’s interesting is that we have – for months – been telling you that the initial film in the planned franchise will open just as the series of books opened, transferring the first book, “The Gunslinger” to live-action. But Stephen King himself is now informing us that there are some different plans for the first film.
“[The movie] starts in media res, in the middle of the story instead of at the beginning, which may upset some of the fans a little bit, but they’ll get behind it, because it is the story,” King revealed.
“A lot of it takes place in our day, in the modern world,” Arcel added.
That’s an intriguing revelation. It’s also a decision that may indeed turn a few fans off. However, with both Elba and McConaughey now officially booked for the gig, we know there’s going to be some magic in the production; both performers are top notch, seasoned professionals.
King also spoke out on the casting, and his opinion of the decisions made.
“I love it. I think he’s a terrific actor, one of the best working in the business now,” the author says. “I visualized [Clint] Eastwood as Roland. I loved the Spaghetti Westerns and all those widescreen close-ups of his face, especially the ones where he’d been left out in the desert and was all covered with blisters and sunburn. I thought, ‘That’s my Roland.’ As the years went by, [the character] became a more particular individual in my own mind. He wasn’t Eastwood anymore. He was just … Roland.”
“For me the character is still the character. It’s almost a Sergio Leone character, like ‘the man with no name,’” King added. “He can be white or black; it makes no difference to me. I think it opens all kind of exciting possibilities for the backstory.”
Nikolaj Arcel is co-writing the screenplay with Anders Thomas Jensen, Akiva Goldsman, and Jeff Pinkner. The script is based on Goldsman’s initial draft.
Despite this awesome casting news, how the entire story will actually transfer to film still remains a tad murky. Plans are still in place to deliver the story on both the big screen as well as the small screen. But what we’ll see on the small screen is still something of a mystery. It seems as if it may be a bit of a mystery to King, as well.
“They’re still holding on to this idea that they can do a TV series, and they’ve got it pegged for that,” King says.
Things are clearly heating up for The Dark Tower. We’ll be bringing you more updates as they come in!
Source: Entertainment Weekly