The adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower has had a difficult journey to the screen. It’s been talked about for decades, and while this got serious in the last few years with the likes of Javier Bardem attached to the project, it’s stalled numerous times, not least Universal getting cold feet about committing to three films and two connecting TV series.
However, now Sony Picture has taken over, Ron Howard is behind the camera, and Idris Elba is starring as gunslinger Roland Deschain. The character is busying tracking the evil Man In Black (Matthew McConaughey) across various dimension, to try and stop him destroying The Dark Tower, which is where all universes meet.
One of the more interesting things about Dark Tower is the fact that while it’s a fantasy/western series, it connects to many other King novels via characters and places. It appears that will remain to a certain extent, with the movie using a child called Jake, who has a power called ‘The Shine’, which of course refers to Danny’s power in The Shining (although they can’t call the power The Shining, as Warner Bros. owns the rights to that).
A selection of new images from the movie have now arrived, which you can take a look at below. The film is due out next February. [Read more…]