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UPDATE: The Dark Tower Movie Release Has Been Pushed into Summer

Image from the Dark Tower comics

The first Dark Tower movie is now slated for release on July 28th, 2017.

In the immortal words of Professor Farnsworth, “Good News Everyone, Bad News!” According to Deadline, the long awaited, much anticipated Dark Tower movie adaptation has had its release date pushed back from February 2017 to July 28, 2017. Apparently, the reasons for the move are two-fold. First, Sony is betting big on the movie and wanted to promote it to a big budget summer release date, and second, they want to give the creative crew more time to finish and polish the visual effects work.

Now, usually, when a movie’s release it changed, it’s bumped to a less desirable release. So bumping it from the wasteland / studio dump months of January / February to the middle of the summer strikes me as a good sign. It seems like the studio feels they have a winner on their hands. This is definitely one we’re looking forward to.

UPDATE 9-1-16 Dark Tower Movie News – Dark Tower Still On Track for Three Movies and TV Series!

This is according to a just-posted Deadline interview with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Which, actually, I had totally forgotten this was the original plan. The interview primarily focuses on Howard and Grazer’s Beatles documentary that’s coming out on Hulu on the 15th this month and their 30-year movie partnership, but at the end, they actually get into some pretty interesting Dark Tower bits, including reconfirming the planned sequels and Dark Tower TV series, and who else they considered for the role of The Gunslinger, before Idris Elba won the role [Click here to read more…]

Original Post 7-15-16 Dark Tower Movie News Recent EW Story Has More Dark Tower Movie News Than You Can Shake a Stick At

(Though I don’t know why you would shake a stick at the news.) For fans of the Dark Tower series by Steven King, it’s been a fun past few months. It all started back in the beginning of March when the casting of Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey was announced. And then bits of information started trickling in, such as more casting news and juicy interview snippets. Then, of course, production started, and suddenly there were set photos and videos and more interviews. Well, things just got kicked up another notch, with an epic three-part feature from Entertainment Weekly stuffed full of goodies, such as the first official photo, and a schload of new Dark Tower movie news.

For those who aren’t familiar with the book series (eight novels, with additional comic books, and short stories) here’s a really brief overview. The story largely takes place in the dimension of Mid-World. It’s an alternate dimension from which “the world has moved on.” Roland, the last Gunslinger, is chasing after his nemesis, Walter, The Man in Black (no, not Johnny Cash.) This will, eventually, lead them to the Dark Tower, said to be the nexus of all universes and a source of extreme power. The Man in Black wants to destroy the tower, thereby raining down destruction on, well, everything and the Gunslinger wants to stop him. OK. Now, let’s take a look at what was revealed. (Though if you have some time, read through the EW piece as well. It’s a great read.) Also, really quick, there are SPOILERS, so, you know, keep that in mind.

Idris Elba’s Thoughts On The Gunslinger

When we meet Roland he’s a bit lost. He’s been walking around for a long time, so he definitely feels like a man who’s…coiled…” He adds that “There’s a mystical element to him. He’s about 200 years old. He’s been around for a long time, and has a deep-rooted connection with the [supernatural] nature of the film. Roland’s completely tuned into that. When you meet him, he’s very much a stoic man, doesn’t want to talk. But when you get to know him, he really knows quite a bit about the world and his world’s history.

Idris Elba as the Gunslinger in the Dark Tower movie

There’s been a lot of controversy regarding diversity over the past year, such as the #OscarsSoWhite controversy earlier this year, and the “whitewashing” of roles like with the “Ghost in the Shell” movie. And when asked about the change in race for the Gunslinger, Elba had this to say:

It’s better just to treat it like no big deal. There should be no difference. The character that was written in Stephen’s imagination, it could be any color. It just happens to be me and, you know? In the artwork, it just so happens to be a white guy, but I don’t think that makes any difference. … I think what’s great about it, if I want to say anything about it, is that it is a sign of the times in terms of a colorless society. People go, ‘A good actor is a good actor,’ you know?

Matthew McConaughey: The Man in Black Isn’t An Outright Villain

During a break in shooting, McConaughey shared some thoughts on how he’s come to understand and play the role of the Man in Black.

Well, he is a man, actually. They wanted to go very human and grounded with this. Obviously there are mythical proportions of good and evil in Walter. But we didn’t want to go overly fantastic. That would drop the humanity. So Walter, for me, is a man who exposes hypocrisies.You know, he’s not literally the Devil, but I sure as hell think about him like the Devil. I think like the Devil would…”

McConaughey also talked about his character’s relationship with the Gunslinger, revealing a contradiction of sorts, in that while he doesn’t want him to succeed, he does enjoy having him around:

I revere him. He’s really the only true adversary I have. I expose hypocrisies, and he’s the closest to pure there is. It’s his persistent, resilience to be good and altruistic. He’s very precious to me. I almost don’t want to see him go So many times I’m just pumping him up, through sorcery, almost like the man in the corner of the ring for a boxer. ’Come on … you can do this … stay in the game,’ because I want to keep him, I want to keep his vengeance to find me. I want to keep that very vital, you know? My want, my need, my mission is to bring down the Tower. My love, my adoration, my muse, my shadow, is Roland.

Stephen King Is 100% Behind The Movie

It hasn’t been an easy road to get here. Over the past decade or so, high profiles filmmakers such as J.J. Abrams and Ron Howard have tried to tackle the story and have been unsuccessful. Which is something Stephen King understands:

I feel more wrapped up in this one because the books took so long to write and the fan base is so dedicated. They sent me a number of different drafts and it came into focus, let’s put it that way: I’m 100 percent behind it — which doesn’t mean it necessarily will work, just that it’s a good way to try and to get into these stories.

According to Akiva Goldsman, who co-wrote the script, King has been very involved. “All I can say is that Steve is our partner all the way through, so we don’t make a move without Stephen telling us, ‘That is The Dark Tower’ and when Stephen says, ‘It isn’t,’ which he has at times, we go, ‘Okay, let’s try something else.

King himself confirmed this, giving an interesting example. “I took a pen and cut Roland’s dialogue to the bone. The less he says the better off, and why not? Idris Elba can act with his face. He’s terrific at it. He projects that sense of combined menace and security. [Roland] is the Western hero, the strong, silent type: ‘Yep,’ ‘Nope,’ and ‘Draw.’

The Novel Will Be Missing Two Significant Characters

As the casting was announced for The Dark Tower movie, fans wondered where supporting characters Eddie (a heroin junkie) and Susannah (an amputee with multiple personalities) were. Well, turns out, they weren’t planned for this movie, though if there’s a sequel, they’ll be in it. Here’s what the director of the Dark Tower movie, Nikolaj Arcel had to say, “They’re certainly out there. I think the entire story deserves to be told and should be told. I would certainly be disappointed in myself or my collaborators if we didn’t bring them in. They’re such a huge part of the story.” And King was consulted on this, saying, “I’m fine with it. I know exactly where Akiva always planned to bring them in and that’s cool with me.

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The Movies Are More of a Sequel Than an Adaptation

OK. So, by the end of the books, we learn that the Roland has been stuck in an unending cycle of trying to reach and save the tower, which is the source of creation for all universes. And as he begins his journey again, we find out that he’s in possession of the Horn of Eld, which has been lost for years, and is a key part for Roland actually being able to complete his quest. Now, with horn in hand, it’s implied that Roland’s next journey may be his last.

Well, according to EW, in the movie, Roland is already in possession of the Horn (which you can see peeking out of his backpack in this set photo they provided).

On the set of the Dark Tower movie

Which would mean this is a sequel to the books, rather than an adaptation, something which the director confirms:

The hardcore fans of The Dark Tower series will know that this is actually a sequel to the books in a way. It has a lot of the same elements, a lot of the same characters, but it is a different journey.

In Conclusion

And that, well, that’s all the Dark Tower movie news for now. Thanks to EW for all the info (seriously, read their piece) and we can’t wait until next February when the Dark Tower movie arrives. And rest assured, as more Dark Tower movie news leaks out, we’ll be around.

Featured Image: Marvel Comics

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