The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.
It’s happening – finally. After years and years of development hell, it appears as though The Dark Tower movie is actually getting off of the ground. The film, an adaptation of Stephen King’s 8 book (plus some comics) saga, was confirmed to be officially greenlit earlier today by the author himself:
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 1, 2016
It’s a big deal that The Dark Tower is being made, but perhaps a bigger one are the headliners. Idris Elba is set to play The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, and Matthew McConaughey will take on the role of The Man In Black, Randall Flagg. Here is King’s reaction to his series being offically made:
“The thing is, it’s been a looong trip from the books to the film. When you think about it, I started these stories as a senior in college, sitting in a little shitty cabin beside the river in Maine, and finally this thing is actually in pre-production now. I’m delighted, and I’m a little bit surprised.”
The Dark Tower will begin shooting in about seven weeks in South Africa under the direction of Nikolaj Arcel. Arcel also has a co-writing credit with Anders Thomas Jensen, Akiva Goldsman, and Jeff Pinkner. Surprisingly, in speaking with EW.com, Arcel and King shed some surprising news regarding the film’s plot. King states that “it 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.” Arcel then follows up King’s quote by confirming that “a lot of it takes place in our day, in the modern world.”
Quite fittingly, Idris Elba began following Matthew McConaughey’s Twitter account, and send the following tweet:
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 1, 2016
The Dark Tower is planned for a pretty quick turnaround, citing a January 13, 2017 release date.