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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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Update on Dark Tower Movie Cast and Plot

dark tower arts_gunslinger1It has been a long way, but meanwhile it is clear that the Dark Tower Movie will finally become real. Here’s an update on the few latest facts and rumors:

The movie title will be “The Dark Tower – The Gunslinger”, directed by Nikolaj Arcel. The book is written by Akiva Goldsman and Anders Thomas Jensen. Producers comprise Akiva Goldsman, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Erica Huggins, Stephen King and Jeff Pinkner. Besides Sony Pictures Entertainment and Media Rights Capital, Imagine Entertainment and Weed Road Pictures joined the circle of production companies.

The release date is planned for 17 February 2017. In few weeks, filming will start in South Africa. However, only few cast members are officially assigned, still unclear how will play Susannah and Eddie, if they are in the first movie anyway:

Idris Elba … The Gunslinger/Roland Deschain
Matthew McConaughey … The Man in Black
Abbey Lee … Tirana
Tom Taylor … Jake Chambers

Some speculations indicate that the chronology of the first Dark Tower movie will be different to that from the books and the plot will focus on the relationship between Jake and Roland, suggesting that Eddie and Susannah maybe will not be casted until the second movie is set up.

Since there is not much time left, we probably will have exciting news to come soon! We will keep you updated.

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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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Dark Tower Movie Adaptation Delayed

Chris Hewitt (Empire Magazine) recently met Ron Howard at the premiere of his movie Rush in London. The resulting interview with the potential director/producer of the upcoming Dark Tower movies, Ron Howard, can be found here (Sound Cloud audio, fast-forward to minute 46 to re-hear the relevant passages). You further can find a brief summary on darktowermovies.com.

Outline: The project is still alive, but delayed, and it will take some more time to finally realize the ambitious Dark Tower movie project. Ron Howard also said he will not discuss more details about the movie right now, and he won`t give any timetable for the project.

The latter one, of course, makes totally sense because many previous dates for the Dark Tower movie production/filming were not met in the past years. After all, nothing really new about the movie adaption of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower book series, but at least it doesn’t seem to be dead.

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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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