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Podcast: King and Arcel Talk the Dark Tower Movie

Online since yesterday: A radio interview/podcast on Entertainment Weekly. Moderator Anthony Breznican  discusses the Dark Tower Movie adaptation with Stephen King and Director Nicolas Arcel. There is nothing really new or suprising, but it’s a good summary about the history, the actors, and also contains some hints about where the story picks up.

Stephen King makes clear the first movie will start with the sentence “The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed“. However, as announced before, the first movie will not focus on the first book, “The Gunslinger”. Instead, it will start somewhere in the middle of the story and play mostly in “our world”. Also, the idea to produce movies with an accompanying tv show covering the earlier story of the books and probably Roland’s youth still seems to be alive.

Source: ew.com

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Abbey Lee is not the Femal Lead in the Dark Tower Movie

dark tower movie actors abbey lee as tirana
Abbey Lee (Source: Wikipedia)

Recent reports from Deadline.com stated that Abbey Lee will be the female main character “Tirana“ in the upcoming Dark Tower Movie. Eric Vespe („Quint“) now reported on aintitcool.com that her role in the movie will just be minor. Mentioning “Tirana“ to be a lead character in the first Dark Tower Movie has led to some confusion before: The character is  a servant of the Crimson King and only appears shortly in the seventh Dark Tower book. Now, Abbey Lee apparently will have a cameo in the Dark Tower Movie as “Tirana”. Not a female lead at all, but it still remains unclear why this character appears in the first movie that early in the story.

At the begin of March 2016 it was reported that the Dark Tower Movie will be realized with Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black and Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers. Sony announced that the Movie will head to theaters in February 2017, and filming should begin in 7 weeks from then. This would be already in around 2 weeks! But still, we don’t know much more details about the movie yet. However, recent statements from Eric Vespe on ainitcool.com are in line with some of the confusion seeded by casting characters like Tirana from the seventh book of the saga for the first movie. He reported that the movie will focus mainly on the relationship between Roland and Jake and contain parts from at least book three and book one. This means the chronology of the story we know from the books will be changed massively for the movie adaptation. Continue reading Abbey Lee is not the Femal Lead in the Dark Tower Movie

New Rumors About the Dark Tower Movie Cast

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Some days ago, Deadline.com reported that actor Idris Elba currently is strongly considered to play Roland Deschain in the upcoming Dark Tower movie adaptation by Sony/MRC.  Just some days before, some other rumors spread about Matthew McConaughey to play Roland (or maybe the Man in Black). After all, considering all the previous discussion about who will finally play the Dark Tower Movie lead role, it remains absolutely unclear who will be the final “Roland Deschain”.  We still can only discuss, speculate and wait for the final word.

In addition, recent reports make clear that if and when a Dark Tower Movie Adaptation will be  produced by the current team (Sony, Media Rights Capital, Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman, Brian Grazer), also is not set in stone. Despite Sony already having announced an official start date (January 2017) for the first motion picture, Ron Howard in a recent interview said that the final decision about the project has not been made yet.

Taken together: Nothing clear yet, we can stay excited if we ever will see Dark Tower movies on the big screen.

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Matthew McConaughey to Play Lead Role in Dark Tower Movies

dark_tower_coverAs reported by Variety.com, Matthew McConaughey was offered by Sony and MRC to play a lead role in the upcoming Dark Tower movie adaptation. According to some reports, he will be able to decide if he wants to play the role of the gunslinger Roland Deschain, or Randall Flagg (The man in black). However, nothing seems to be decided yet.

Futher first facts about the upcoming Dark Tower movie adaptation:

The first movie will be titled “The Dark Tower – The Gunslinger” and is currently scheduled to be released on January 13, 2017.

The script was written by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. The adaptation will be produced by Akiva Goldsman, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Erica Huggins. Jeff Pinkner will be executive producer. The movie series will be distributed by Sony, along with a TV series produced in parallel by MRC.


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The Dark Tower Movie and TV Series Now Revived at Sony

the gunslinger book coverGood news for everybody who finally wants to watch the Dark Tower on the big screen: According to an exclusive actual report from Deadline.com, Sony Pictures will team up with MRC to co-finance the Dark Tower movie adaptation. The first movie will cover the first Dark Tower book, The Gunslinger. In parallel, a complementory TV series will be developed by Media Rights Capital.

The new script, drafted by both Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner, was totally reconceived from the first version that previously was developed when Universal and later Warner Bros were still in. The team will further comprise Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Erica Huggins, and, most likely, Stephen King himself as producers.

The first movie will be primarily based on the first book of the Dark Tower Series, The Gunslinger, and focus on the relationship between Roland and Jake. The film will be “a blend of horror and fantasy”.

Deadline’s article also mentions that “Numerous stars including Javier Bardem and Russell Crowe have eyed the role of the gunslinger, but that role won’t be filled until after the director is set”.

It also includes a statement of Stephen King himself, who sold the options for his works for $1 several years ago and “has been incredibly patient as this mammoth project — it’s his answer to Tolkien’s Middle Earth novels — has taken its time and its twists and turns. He’s sparked about where the project is now.”:

“I’m excited that The Dark Tower is finally going to appear on the screen,” he said in a statement. “Those who have traveled with Roland and his friends in their search for the Dark Tower are going to have their long-held hopes fully realized. This is a brilliant and creative approach to my books.”

Citation from Said Rothman:

“There are few projects out there that compare with the scope, vision, complex characters and fully drawn world that Stephen King has created with The Dark Tower. I am a giant fan. And, as Stephen himself does, we love the direction that Akiva and Jeff have taken. This is a great opportunity for a director to put his or her stamp on a cool global franchise.”

Source: Deadline.com

If you ask me, this all sounds very, very promising, since Sony has both the money and the capacity to finally take the Dark Tower to the big screen, and MRC is a good partner to produce the tv show. However, we had good news often enough through the last years, and until now all of them turned out to be unsuccessful. So let’s just wait where this leads and stay patient.

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The Dark Tower Movie Adaptation – The History

dark_tower_coverSince this page is only about to really start feeding you with news and infos about The Dark Tower book series by Stephen King, here`s a brief introduction and summary of the history of facts and rumors that took place during recent years concerning the movie adaptation:

February 2007 (yes, that’s a really long time ago!)- First rumors about a movie adaption of Stephen King`s The Dark Tower. Designated director of this project was J.J. Abrams, the creator of the tv show “Lost”. Shortly after this news, Stephen King himself confirms on the New York Comic-Con that he has sold the option rights for bringing the Dark Tower to the big screen to Damon Lindelof and J.J. Abams for 19 Dollars.

September 2008 – Speculations about 7 (seven!) possible movies. Damon Lindelof in an interview talks about further details of the planned movie adaption and mentions up to seven movies. A first fan-made trailer of the movies appears on Youtube.

May 2009 – Filming of the Dark Tower about to start? In an interview with MTV Movies Blog, Damon Lindelof confirms that he is working on the Dark Tower movie adaption together with J.J. Abrams and Stephen King. Filming about to start in 2011. He mentioned Paramount Studio as a candidate partner.

November 2009 – Lindelof and Abrams are out. Both Damon Lindelof and J.J. Abrams report that they will not continue in the Dark Tower project due to the complexity of this long-term project and the high public exspectations.

April 2010 – Rumors that Ron Howard will continue the project. Darktowermovies.com reports that Ron Howard possibly will take over the project together with Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman. Apparently at this stage, they planned to make one movie continued by a tv show. In case of success they then would continue with further movies.

September 2010 – Announcement of three movies plus tv show. Universal and NBC confirm that together with Ron Howard there will be a Dark Tower adaptation and announce three movies and a tv show. They also mention Akiva Goldsman to be involved as writer and producer.

November 2010 – Announcement of release date. Universal announces the release date for the first Dark Tower movie: May 17th, 2013. Amongst others, Javier Bardem is discussed to play Roland Deschain.

July 2011Universal cancels the project without telling further details.

 October 2011 – The project continues. As reported on stephenking.com, Brian Grazer as producer will continue to work on the project together with HBO and Ron Howard. They plan to shorten the script and cut down the budget.

March 2012 – Warner Bros. announces to continue the project. The team further will include Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman, Brian Grazer and Mark Verheiden. There are still rumors that HBO will team up to produce a tv show in parallel. According to rumors, shooting was planned to be started in late 2013.

July 2012 – Russel Crowe as Roland Deschain? According to a report by Deadline.com, Akiva Goldsman currently is writing the script and will submit it for review to Warner Bros very soon. Rumors about Russel Crowe (known from Gladiator) to be a new Roland Deschain candidate are spreading.

August 2012 – Warner Bros decides against the Dark Tower. Again, and similar than Universal before them, Warner decides not to continue the project. It seems that the project is just to big and/or risky for them. No official reasons are given. Only days after this, Media Rights Capital (MRC) is mentioned as a new partner for the project.

 November 2012 – Aaron Paul as Eddie Dean? Cinemablend.com reports that Aaron Paul, known from Breaking Bad, has expressed his interests to participate in the Dark Tower movie adaptation.

May 2013 – Netflix taking over the project? According to a report by Stuff.tv, there seems to be another realistic scenario for the Dark Tower to finally reach the cinemas. Ted Sarandon (Netflix) confirms in an interview that he was in talks with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer about the Dark Tower project and will continue these.

Basically this is all that happened until today. Disappointingly, a long list of back and forth, but somehow my impression is that apparently enough people are seriously interested to make this prestigious project a big success. After all, I hope they make sure that they do it right, even if this will take some more years.

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