For decades Hollywood has been talking about adapting Stephen King’s popular series of novels, The Dark Tower. A couple of years ago it looked like it was going to happen with Ron Howard at the helm and both interlinked films and TV series proposed. However, it all fell apart over money and the studio reluctant to guarantee they’d see the whole thing through to the end.
Now though the adaptation is back on track, with Howard still involved as a producer, but Nikolaj Arcel set to direct. Now they’re looking to cast the film, with THR reporting that Matthew McConaughey may play the villain known as the Man in Black.
It’s very early stages though, and McConaughey hasn’t yet officially entered negotiations, although he has had a meeting with Arcel, and it appears they’d like him onboard.
Set in a fantasy version of the Wild West, King’s novels follow Deschain, the last in a long line of gunfighters, who journeys to The Dark Tower in a last-ditch effort to save humanity. Up against him is a demonic sorcerer who may be played by McConaughey.