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Watch The Dark Tower Trailer And Remember The Face Of Your Father







Die-hard fans of Stephen King's eponymous The Dark Tower series have been waiting patiently for our first official trip into Mid-World, where we'd journey with the legendary Roland of Deschain on his doomed journey to the building of the title. The cinematic journey begins in August when Nikolaj Arcel's The Dark Tower hits theaters, and we have the first real trailer for you right now:


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Idris Elba plays the last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain of Gilead. Essentially a long line of warrior protectors akin to the Knights of the Round Table, the Gunslingers have all died as the world has moved on. Roland's the last of his kind, and he's on a mission. A vendetta. He must reach The Dark Tower -- but he needs help.


Matthew McConaughey plays the mysterious Man in Black, a timeless force who stands in Roland's way every step of the journey. But in this first film, we see that Roland will recruit one of his assistants: Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor), a boy from our world who is pulled into Roland's hostile environments.



This first trailer serves two purposes. For starters, it's an informative introduction to this world, these characters and Stephen King's story, laying out that Matthew McConaughey's Man in Black is worse than Satan, an evil that has been around longer than the Devil, himself. It establishes Roland as a guardian of the Tower (a tweak from the books), and puts Jake on Roland's path along the Beam, or the tie that binds us all.


But for rabid King and Dark Tower fans, the trailer also shows all of the bold choices that director Nikolaj Arcel made in this adaptation, the changes that could upset the applecart that would be a tradition telling of The Dark Tower. This trailer shows off a LOT more action than was ever seen in The Gunslinger, the first book in what ended up being Stephen King's seven-book series. Roland (Idris Elba) and Jake (Tom Taylor) face creatures, hooded adversaries, and more physical threats than ever happened in the first book of the series, meaning that we might not even be heading to The Drawing of the Three if a sequel to this movie were to happen.


The way that Roland ends up in our world also looks significantly different from the book. I think we, the readers of The Dark Tower novels just have to get used to the fact that we'll be saying that a lot when talking about this movie. It's not what we know, and it won't necessarily BE what we know. But can it get close enough to King's true vision to really call itself The Dark Tower?



The journey to The Dark Tower begins on August 4, when the movie opens in theaters after numerous delays. Will this be the beginning of an epic saga? Or a one-and-done attempt to get an extremely beloved Stephen King property off of the ground? We'll find out soon enough.
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How The Dark Tower Movie Differs from the Books






Warning: This article contains major spoilers for The Dark Tower book series.

The Dark Tower has finally released its first trailer for the long-anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s most popular work. In fact, many consider The Dark Tower series to be King’s best work – so bringing it to life must be a heavy burden for director Nikolaj Arcel. The series spans seven (very long) novels, and an accompanying comic book series. Within the story, there are multiple worlds featured, with varying timelines, and one entire novel even serves as a prequel to all the other events. There is also an eighth novel, “The Wind Through the Keyhole,” that King released in 2012 – after proclaiming The Dark Tower as a complete series, many years before. Though the eighth book is not an integral part of the series, it sits between books four and five, chronologically.

Perhaps logic would have told Arcel to concentrate on adapting the first book; The Dark Tower, but the problem with that is twofold. First, book one ends on a (comparatively) anticlimactic note – that boils down to a conversation between The Man in Black and Roland (with a few supernatural/hallucinogenic events). At the end of it, the reader needs to pick up book two. That works well in reflective novels that can be read at a reader’s own pace, but not in a movie, where the guarantee of a sequel is never certain. Secondly, there is fantastic material spread across all seven books, but also some scenes that would slow a blockbuster film down. Any director would need to sort the wheat from the chaff, as it were.
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As a result, Arcel has chosen to pull influence from all the books; though, mainly the first one, and assemble a revised version of the story. The logic behind that will be familiar, and fitting, to readers of the books.
The Horn of Eld plays a pivotal role in the books – and has been passed down through each generation of gunslingers The idea being that if the horn is blown, then reinforcements will come. Roland’s fellow gunslinger friend, Cuthbert, blew the horn during the battle of Jericho Hill, but no help came, and he was killed. Roland was supposed to take up the horn, but in his haste to escape, he left it behind.

When Roland reaches the Dark Tower in the final novel, he finds that his journey begins over again, and again, and again. Each time, the story is changed slightly according to his actions. In the books, when his story starts over, he is carrying the Horn of Eld. This means that earlier in his life, he did manage to take up the horn from Cuthbert. In the movie, images released of Idris Elba as The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, have shown him in possession of the Horn. Therefore, then, we are to assume that The Dark Tower Movie is just another iteration of Roland’s tale, with changes happening as a result of his actions.
This gives Arcel fitting license with the subject material.
If we’re looking across all of the books, and then comparing them to what we know about the movie, based only on what we’ve been told and one Dark Tower trailer, we’re never going to list all of the differences. There are though, many huge moments missing, and many large moments that have been included ahead of schedule.
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The biggest difference of all, is that The Dark Tower does not introduce Eddie Dean and Susannah Walker. In the book series, they enter during book two, ‘The Drawing of the Three.’ After Jake dies in ‘The Dark Tower” (book), Roland discovers he shares a telepathic connection with three New Yorkers. One is Jake Chambers. One is Eddie Dean, a drug addict trying to smuggle coke off of an airplane. The last is Susannah Walker, a double amputee who also suffers from split personality disorder.
All three have been killed in their (our) world, by the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). Roland sets about stopping that from happening, getting himself a do-over with Jake. The three then enter Roland’s world, powerless to keep from joining him on his quest to the Tower. Along with Oy, a talking dog (for lack of a better description), the group forms a Ka-tet; a family who are bonded through something far stronger than blood. For the movie, Eddie and Susannah’s absence would be logical if we were only following the first novel, but we’re not, so it’s something of a surprise, particularly given that they are a major factor in Roland’s story. However, Arcel and King have both said they envision introducing them in the future, should more movies be filmed.
It is not yet known whether Roland will allow Jake to die, as he does in the first book. Maybe, given that this is another iteration of the story, he will save him – this time. Hearing Jake utter “Go, then, there are other worlds than these” will be heartbreaking to watch on screen – so let’s hope it won’t happen.
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Three THE DARK TOWER TV Spots Feature New Footage Of The Gunslinger And The Man In Black In Action

It's been a while since we've seen anything from The Dark Tower, but three new TV spots contain awesome footage from the upcoming Stephen King adaptation. Check 'em out after the jump...





Three new TV spots for Nikolaj Arcel's big-screen take on Stephen King's The Dark Tower have been released online, and they provide a striking glimpse into the fantastical world(s) we'll be visiting this August.

Though quite a bit of what we see here was in the first trailer, the "Knight", "Man in Black" and "Earth" promos do contain some new shots here and there - a fun little moment between Idris Elba's Roland and some nurses being the highlight. There's also a bit of new stuff involving Matthew McConaughey's enigmatic villain.

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Yes, The Dark Tower Movie Is a Sequel to the Books




Roland and Jake (Idris Elba and Tom Taylor) stroll through New York in The Dark Tower. Image: Sony
Ever since a tweet of a very important prop was posted to Twitter last summer, fans have assumed that the upcoming Dark Tower movie is a sequel to the books. And now, the film’s director has confirmed that.
“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.”
The tweet in question is the one below which, if you’re read the books, speaks volumes.
To explain why that horn and text is so important, it’s necessary to spoil the ending of King’s series. So if you are planning on reading the books before The Dark Tower is out in August (which I recently did) you may want to go away. But if not, keep reading. Just know that the movie has been structured and conceived so it’s not necessary to have any knowledge of the books, which also fits in with the world.


Okay, so at the end of the seventh book, The Dark Tower, Roland makes it to the top of the Dark Tower. Finally. And there he realizes that though he’s saved the world, it’s his destiny to repeat his journey again and again and again. The book then ends just as the first book began... with one very small but very crucial difference. We realize that Roland now has the Horn of Eld, a relic from his past that he discarded in the book version of the story.





Since the Roland at the end of the books now has the Horn, it suggests that this time, the story of Roland’s journey to the Dark Tower will be different. And the text “Last Time Around” makes it sound like, finally, after thousands of years, the story we see in the movie (or movies, if it all works out) will be his final trip.
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.’”
The Dark Tower opens August 4. Watch the full interview below.
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‘The Dark Tower’ Featurette: Idris Elba Brings the Gunslinger to Life




Can the dense mythology of The Dark Tower be condensed into a two-minute featurette narrated by Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey and Stephen King? Kind of.
The first look at the film outside of its cryptic trailers dives into the motivations of the characters played by Elba and McConaughey, shows some new footage of the film, offers up some glimpses behind-the-scenes, and boils the story down to its essence: a fight between good and evil.


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I’ll admit I read The Gunslinger, the first book in King’s Dark Tower series (I didn’t quite like it), and couldn’t make much sense of the plot and world in which Roland Deschain roams. But kudos to this featurette for trying to do just that!
Through exposition given by a gravelly-voiced Elba in the film, as well as interviews done with the stars of The Dark Tower, we get some sense of what this story is. And despite its confusing source material, it seems pretty simple: it’s a battle for the fate of the world between good (the gunslinger and the boy from Earth who accompanies him, Jake Chambers) and evil (the Man in Black), which rests upon the mysterious Dark Tower.
“Roland is part of a long line of gunslingers sworn to protect the Dark Tower from the Man in Black. Roland’s the last of that line,” Elba says of his character, Roland Deschain, in the featurette. Meanwhile, McConaughey says of his villain: “The Man in Black, he’s the evil in this battle of good versus evil. I need to bring down that tower. Roland is actually the only one who can bring me down.”
The two of them outline their roles as new footage from the film plays — we get a peek at Roland’s father (Dennis Haysbert), also a gunslinger; the Man in Black strolling through a crowded New York City street; and a few more scenes of Roland in action, whirling his revolvers around with aplomb.

We get King, the author and mastermind behind The Dark Tower series, speaking up about the film, and praising Elba’s performance as Roland — hopefully putting to rest all the (sort of racist) naysayers who were upset that they didn’t cast a Clint Eastwood look-alike.
“When I started The Dark Tower, I really saw the Gunslinger as this sort of concentrated force. The Dark Tower has always been really important to me, and to see the Gunslinger come to life in film with Idris Elba is really incredible.”
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This New Poster For THE DARK TOWER Finds The Gunslinger Standing Side-By-Side With The Man In Black


Sony Pictures has debuted another theatrical poster for their upcoming big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower, and it gives us new looks at Roland Deschain and the villainous Man in Black.


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Though these two certainly won't be this close to one another without violence ensuing in the actual movie, for the purposes of this new poster for Sony Pictures' adaptation of The Dark Tower, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) and the enigmatic Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey) are standing side-by-side.

The first trailer for the film was met with somewhat of a lukewarm response, as fans of the novels did not seem best pleased about some of the apparent changes to the source material. However, we should be getting another teaser very soon, so hopefully that will go down a little better.

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The Dark Tower TV Show May Begin Filming This Summer













A TV show based upon The Dark Tower book series is still in the works and looks all set to begin filming across the pond this summer. Producers Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Akiva Goldsman spent a decade trying to adapt Stephen King’s meta-fantasy The Dark Tower to both the big and small screen. The ambitious plan was for a TV series and group of films to tell the combined story of Roland Deschain and attempt to imitate the multi-faceted series of novels. With last summer’s The Dark Tower movie, the first part of that dream was realized—but to less than stellar results.





Despite the failure of The Dark Tower in cinemas, the TV series seems to still be moving forward. The Dark Tower series has a showrunner and is likely in the process of casting now. And unlike the film, which took liberties with the source material, The Dark Tower TV show will be faithful to the books. It’s possible that a more direct adaptation and more time to focus on a narrative and explanation of King’s world could help the show succeed where the film failed. Either way, production looks to be starting soon.
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Omega Underground is reporting that The Dark Tower TV show will begin production this summer in both the UK and Ireland. Like Game of Thrones, it’s likely the show will utilize some of the unique landscapes in the area to bring the world of King’s books to life. By doing so, it can create a more alien world without crossing over to ours like the movie.



Whereas The Dark Tower film tried to condense a lot of plot into one film, the TV show is said to be based upon Wizard & Glass, the fourth book in the series. The novel took a step back from the main narrative and showed Roland as a young warrior in a small town dealing with a specific plot. The more streamlined approach—and full immersion in the fantasy world—could be just right for a TV show. From there, the series could then expand upon the world.





Stephen King says The Dark Tower TV show will be a reboot of sorts, meaning the series will be distancing itself from the movie. But by faithfully adapting the books—and focusing on a prequel-type story—the show should be able to avoid associations with the film. Of course, it may need to take the name Wizard & Glass rather than The Dark Tower. Then again, so few people probably remember the film that it may be a non-issue.
Before the movie flopped, Idris Elba was involved with The Dark Tower TV show. But since that time, it’s unclear whether any of the cast will return. Elba is interested in sequel to The Dark Tower, but crossing to TV can be tricky. Marvel has only pulled off a film-to-TV crossover a handful of times, though The Dark Tower series may actually want to avoid to many connection to the film. Regardless, it sounds like we’ll be hearing more about The Dark Tower television show soon.
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Amazon Says Potential Dark Tower TV Series Is Still "Very Much Alive"



It seems the TV series based on The Dark Tower is still being developed at Amazon. The Dark Tower is based on an epic series of novels by Stephen King, and the story follows a Gunslinger in a fantasy world as he tries to reach the mythical tower. Along the way, he faces off with his mortal enemy The Man In Black and various other supernatural threats. Fans of the series waited decades for a movie version, but given the scope of the story, financing a film version proved tricky.

Ron Howard tried for years to get it moving and even pitched an insanely ambitious idea to tell one coherent story over the course of multiple movies and TV shows.

Ultimately, Nikolaj Arcel took over the director's chair for the 2017 movie, with Idris Elba playing the central role and Matthew McConaughey hamming up a storm as The Man In Black. Unfortunately, it wasn't worth the wait and proved to be a critical and commercial disappointment. The grim box-office numbers have all but killed chances for a sequel, but a TV series – which was announced before the film was released – is still clinging to life.

Amazon announced they were developing The Dark Tower show in February, but author Stephen King previously suggested it could be a reboot instead of a continuation of the movie. Little has been heard about the project recently, but according to an interview with Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke for Deadline, it's still on the boil.

Those are scripts that I haven’t gotten yet. I’ll be seeing those, that material, in the coming weeks. None of those things are dead. They’re very much alive.

If the show does go ahead, it will likely start fresh and avoid any connection to the movie. This is something of a shame because whatever the faults of The Dark Tower movie might be, Elba made for a generally great Roland Deschain. The actor has previously said he's the last to know about the show and is still hoping for a movie sequel, but time will tell what direction Amazon take the show – if they even move forward with it.

2017 proved to be a busy year for adaptations of Stephen King's work, including high-profile examples like IT and Gerald's Game, but The Dark Tower disappointed many. The author himself feels that watering down the darkness of the book and making a PG-13 movie contributed to the movie not working, and hopes to avoid making that mistake with the show.
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'The Dark Tower' TV Series to Reportedly Begin Filming in April



Stephen King's The Dark Tower series of books were adapted into a 2017 film, which disappointed many fans due to the amount of mythology it had to attempt to cram into one film. Luckily, Amazon Studios is currently developing a TV series inspired by the series which will reportedly be heading into production in April.
That Hashtag Show reported that the production would take place in Croatia for the 13-episode first season.
Though there's little known about the project, like who will be starring in the feature, the last official confirmation that the series was moving forward came last summer.
"Those are scripts that I haven’t gotten yet. I’ll be seeing those, that material, in the coming weeks," Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke promised to Deadline. "None of those things are dead. They’re very much alive."
The feature film starred Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey and, even with the acclaimed actors, failed to leave an impression on audiences or critics. The original story spread across eight books, which made the concept of creating a single film that could appeal to devout fans and new viewers equally an incredibly difficult task. Sadly, the finished product didn't connect with any audiences, as review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes calculated 16 percent positive reviews for the film while its worldwide box office sits at $112 million.
One big question about the TV series is whether or not Elba will return to the franchise, with the actor seemingly being left in the dark about the series' progress.
"I don’t know, actually, where it lies. I must figure this out, I don’t know where it lies," Elba shared with ScreenCrush last year. "I’m unfortunately the last to know at this point."
While King himself may have promoted the film ahead of its release, when looking back at its shortcomings, he cited the tamer tone hindered the final product.
"The real problem, as far as I’m concerned is, they went in to this movie, and I think this was a studio edict pretty much: this is going to be a PG-13 movie. It’s going to be a tentpole movie," King shared with Entertainment Weekly previously. "We want to make sure that we get people in there from the ages of, let’s say, 12 right on up to whatever the target age is. Let’s say 12 to 35. That’s what we want."
"So it has to be PG-13, and when they did that I think that they lost a lot of the toughness of it and it became something where people went to it and said, 'Well yeah, but it’s really not anything that we haven’t seen before,'" he added.

Stay tuned for details about the future of The Dark Tower TV series.
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'The Dark Tower' TV Series Casts Its Roland Deschain




Author Stephen King might mostly be known for his tales of terror, but another one of his most well-known works is the fantasy epic series The Dark Tower. A film was released in 2017 that attempted to adapt the complex narrative, which didn't entirely connect with audiences in ways the studio had hoped. A new TV series is on the way from Amazon Studios, which will use a long-form storytelling strategy to do justice to the original expansive mythology. Deadline reports that Mindhunter star Sam Strike has been cast as main character Roland Deschain and that Vikings star Jasper Pääkkönen will also appear in the series.
The site also noted that the upcoming series would likely take place before the events of the original novels and feature film. Deadline details, "The Dark Tower TV series is independent from the film and is meant to be a more faithful retelling of the book than the movie was. I hear it will take place many years before the events depicted in the feature and will focus on Roland Deschain’s (Strike) origin story – how he first became a gunslinger and got his guns, his first conflict with the man in black, his first love, and his first mission as a gunslinger."
Pääkkönen will reportedly be playing a character named Marten, the first target Deschain sets out to kill.
King's eight-book series featured elements of horror, science fiction, fantasy, and traditional Western tropes, creating a narrative that appealed to a massive audience and built a passionate following. Despite the 2017 film being highly anticipated, the finished product didn't entirely connect with any audiences, as review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes calculated 16 percent positive reviews for the film while its worldwide box office sits at $112 million.
King himself may have supported the film leading into its release, but ultimately opened up about why he thinks the adaptation fell flat.


"The real problem, as far as I’m concerned is, they went in to this movie, and I think this was a studio edict pretty much: this is going to be a PG-13 movie. It’s going to be a tentpole movie," King shared with Entertainment Weekly previously. "We want to make sure that we get people in there from the ages of, let’s say, 12 right on up to whatever the target age is. Let’s say 12 to 35. That’s what we want."
"So it has to be PG-13, and when they did that I think that they lost a lot of the toughness of it and it became something where people went to it and said, 'Well yeah, but it’s really not anything that we haven’t seen before,'" he added.
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Guardians of the Galaxy Star Boards Amazon's Dark Tower Series





Michael Rooker has joined the cast of Amazon Studios' Dark Tower series, a television adaptation of Stephen King's classic novel series of the same name.
Rooker, known for playing Centaurian space pirate Yondu Udonta in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Merle Dixon in AMC's The Walking Dead., is currently filming the pilot episode in Croatia with the rest of the crew, according to the actor's official website. His role in the series remains a mystery.
Other actors cast for the show are Sam Strike, Jasper Pääkkönen and Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn. Strike plays Roland Deschain, also known as the Gunslinger. Deschain is Dark Tower's protagonist, who pursues The Man in Black, also known as Randall Flagg; his character is played by Pääkkönen. Flynn has been cast in a thus far unnamed cowboy role.
Over a thirteen episode season, Dark Tower will tell the story of how Deschain became a gunslinger and met his nemesis, The Man in Black. It is the second live-action adaptation of the book series, following 2017's movie of the same name, starring Idris Elba.
Amazon Studios' Dark Tower is developed by Glen Mazzara, Akiva Goldsman and original writer Stephen King. It is targeted for a 2020 release.
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