For the past five years a film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower has been in the works. From directors to studios changing due to budget issues, the movie is finally starting production at Sony/MRC with Nikolaj Arcel directing and co-writing. King himself took to Twitter to make a few announcements:
Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey have been rumored to star in it since last year but nothing was confirmed until recently. Elba is playing a cool gunslinger named Roland Deschain, and McConaughey will be playing the mysterious man in black (a.k.a. Walter Padick or Walter O’Dim). After King’s announcement to the world, Elba and McConaughey decided to tweet something to eachother:
If you haven’t read the book yet, it’s about the gun-slinging Roland, whose mission is to reach the titular dark tower to save the world. The man in black is his enemy whom stands in the way of his mission, ultimately making Roland collect a team of allies.
Many assumed the film would also include the first book, The Gunslinger (1982), but King told EW that, other than the movie starting with the first line in the first book, the movie will actually start in the middle of the story.
“[That] may upset some of the fans a little bit, but they’ll get behind it, because it is the story.”
The director hasn’t let fans know exactly which book in the series the movie will be about, but he said it
“takes place in our day, in the modern world.”
The Dark Tower is set for a Jan. 13, 2017 release, and no other confirmations of who else will be starring in it have been announced.