Stephen King fans will have to wait a few months more to see the first part of his seven-novel epic, The Dark Tower, come to life on the big screen. Sony Pictures Entertainment has not exactly done less to whet the appetite of viewers. A teaser poster was recently released showing Idris Elba’s character The Gunslinger and his young ward Jake Chambers.
Playing the role of Jake Chambers is young actor Tom Taylor, who was selected after a worldwide search on who can best embody the child sidekick and protege of Roland Deschain, the protagonist of The Dark Tower series.
Movie Release Pushed Back
The fantasy film was originally slated for release in February 2017, but it has been moved to July 2017. Sources have attributed the later release of the film adaptation to the need to get the visual effects right.
Sony Pictures opted to move the release rather than spend a hefty sum rushing said effects. If Sony’s decision is any indication, there seems to be a positive feeling all-around that the film will be received well at the box office.
If plans for a July 2017 showing do not miscarry, the upcoming film may possibly face serious competition with the movies War of the Planet of the Apes and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, the film stars Idris Elba as Roland the Gunslinger, Matthew McConaughey as his nemesis The Man in Black, and Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers. Other cast members include Kathryn Winnick, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Claudia Kim and Jackie Earle Haley.
What the Movie Must Live Up to?
The Dark Tower is the collective title for seven novels but the first part – Dark Tower: The Gunslinger – is a stand-alone novel that familiarizes the reader with some strange characters and shocks with not a few killings (whether the movie adheres to the violent start of the book is anyone’s guess).
Based partly on Robert Browning’s poem, Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came, the big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s book are part fantasy, part horror and even part science fiction. Early parts came out in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
The story centers on a wild ride of a pursuit with danger always lurking, and with the tower as the key to resolution. The opus entailed being written throughout Stephen King’s life, who is now 69.
Fans who have also spent a considerable amount of time reading the epic will certainly be eager to see how it is rendered on the big screen.
To date, King fans have clamored for the release of the upcoming movie’s trailer, creating a buzz on Twitter-sphere. One fan tweeted that finally, her “favorite masterpiece” will soon hit the big screen.
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