After years in film development purgatory, Stephen King’s epic 8-book series, The Dark Tower, will make its way to the silver screen. The book series, which revolves around a mysterious Clint Eastwood-like gunslinger from a medieval fantasy dimension, has been linked to Ron Howard and Javier Bardem in the past. More recent rumors have revolved around Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Those casting rumors were confirmed yesterday by King on Twitter:
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 1, 2016
Elba and McConaughey have both been officially cast as two of the biggest characters in the fantasy-scifi-western series: the gun-slinging hero Roland Deschain, and his demonic enemy, The Man in Black, respectively. The series, which is widely regarded as King’s magnum opus, involves main characters jumping through different dimensions and features recurring characters from some of his biggest books. The new film, which will be directed by Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel and will release in January 2017, is set to be the first of many. Rumor has it that the movies might eventually create a tie-in television series produced by Ron Howard! You can read the full exclusive story at Entertainment Weekly.
The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower 1, Stephen King (Signet, 2003)
The first book in The Dark Tower series introduces Roland, the titular Gunslinger, but keeps his quest to pursue The Man in Black mostly a mystery. The new movie is not set to be an adaptation of the first book specifically, but this mind-bending series is worth diving into before the story gets told on screen and internet spoilers ruin it.