by Screenmancer Staff
It doesn’t entirely ruin the mystique around Stephen King’s eight-novel series “The Dark Tower” to know that the name of the main character, played by Idris Elba in the upcoming Columbia Pictures release of the same name, is from a Robert Browning poem. In fact it kind of arts it up. Browning’s poem is dark and weird, very King-friendly. But putting aside “Chlide Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” the Browning poem, the movie adapt THE DARK TOWER, which opens August 4, looks to be a bone-broth of genres boiled down to something even its fiendish-leaning author will enjoy.
Written between 1978 and 1982 as a handful of short stories to start, “The Dark Tower” books took on a life of their own around the stark black-and-white plot of good vs evil. However, since this is from the mind of Maine’s maniac who brought us “The Shining,” “Christine,” even “Cujo,” not everything is as black and white as it appears.
King talked about it a little in a video interview on Colllider, basically saying “It starts sort of in medias res, in the middle of the story instead of at the beginning, which may upset some fans a little bit. But they will have to get behind it, because it is the story.”
SONY’s official description for the movie goes something like this:
“There are other worlds than these. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen. The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.”
Always devilishly optimistic about the future of mankind, King’s own writing from the Dark Tower series speaks for itself. “So will the world end, I think, a victim of love rather than hate. For love’s ever been the more destructive weapon, sure.” Furthermore, quoting the book series, “Battles that last five minutes spawn legends that live a thousand years.”
And, mic drop, “Because talent won’t be quiet, doesn’t know how to be quiet,” the character says. “Whether it’s a talent for safe-cracking, thought-reading, or dividing ten-digit numbers in your head, it screams to be used. It never shuts up. It’ll wake you in the middle of your tiredest night, screaming, ‘Use me, use me, use me! I’m tired of just sitting here! Use me, fuckhead, use me!”
Let’s face it, only char-hearted Stephen King can use a word like “fuckhead” and make it somehow meaningful. THE DARK TOWER from SONY’s Columbia Pictures is set to fly August 4, and promises to make a mark this summer.
More to the point, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better screenwriter in Hollywood than Akiva Goldsman (A BEAUTIFUL MIND), who wrote the screenplay here with Jeff Pinker (an ampersand attribution) and Anders Thomas Jensen & Nikolaj Arcel. DARK TOWER is directed by Nikolaj Arcel, based on the novels by Stephen King, and produced by Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard and Erica Huggins.
Visit the books here http://stephenking.com/darktower/ and the movie at http://www.thedarktower-movie.com, then remember King is really picky about how his books are adapted, and he’s happy with this one remarkably, probably because Ron Howard at Imagine is such a nice guy.
Cast: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Claudia Kim, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee, and Jackie Earle Haley.
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