It’s no secret that many of Stephen King’s stories exist in a shared universe, so when the trailer for The Dark Tower dropped yesterday, fans were scrutinizing every frame & pixel. Sure enough, eagle-eyed internet detectives were quick to spot a couple King-related Easter Eggs that pay tribute to The Master’s best-loved tomes. If you haven’t already, check out the trailer for The Dark Tower below and see if you can spot the nods to The Shining and IT.
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 July 28th.
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.
So did you see them? First, in a picture frame in the psychiatrist’s office, we see The Overlook Hotel from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.
Second, did you see the balloons and clown hat sticking out of the ground in the decimated carnival? Looks like Pennywise in lurking in the periphery. Oh yeah, there’s also the big sign that says “PENNYWISE”; that’s a pretty big hint!
The Dark Tower, directed by Nikolaj Arcel, arrives in US Theaters on August 4th; almost exactly a month later on September 8th, Andrés Muschietti’s IT featuring Bill Skarsgård as the evil clown Pennywise crawls out of the sewers and into theaters nationwide. Check out the trailer and synopsis for that film below.
Official Synopsis: When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, neighborhood kids band together to square off against Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), an evil clown whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
In addition to Skarsgård, IT stars Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Nicholas Hamilton.