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DARK TOWER Casts Wild Shadow with Baddie McConaughey & Pistol-Packing Idris Elba

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. MattDTwide17In 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.”

Roland (Idris Elba) in Columbia Pictures' THE DARK TOWER.

Roland (Idris Elba) in Columbia Pictures’ THE DARK TOWER.

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.DTposter17

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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Symbologist Paradise, Or Tom Hanks & Felicity Jones in Koepp’s Pre-Halloween release INFERNO

SCREENMANCER SIGNS & SYMBOLS ALERT – Almost Halloween, Oct. 28 to be precise, is the perfect time for David Koepp’s screen version of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code follow-up, INFERNO. Koepp, who is also a director, steps back into the screenwriter role for Brian Grazer and Ron Howard‘s IMAGINE production company. Today they had a photo call for Columbia Pictures in Italy, and everybody turned out looking pretty chill, which has nothing to do with the high-intensity plot and world-breaking storyline. What’s it about? Glad you asked.

Florence, Italy –October 7, 2016 - Tom Hanks at the Columbia Pictures, Inferno photo call at the Forte di Belvedere in Florence Italy.

Florence, Italy –October 7, 2016 – Tom Hanks at the Columbia Pictures, Inferno photo call at the Forte di Belvedere in Florence Italy.

So we’ve got Symbologist Tom Hanks with British Import Felicity Jones, nominated last year for THEORY OF EVERYTHING. After white-haired SULLY, Hanks is back in black, on the trail of a super villain who plans to mess up everyone’s DNA. Okay, that’s an oversimplification. Ben Foster and Omar Sy (Intouchables) also star. (Isn’t Ben Foster usually cast as a bad guy?) Let’s have the official version, please…

Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself.  When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories.

Florence, Italy –October 7, 2016 - Director, Ron Howrd and Felicity Jones at the Columbia Pictures INFERNO photo call at the Forte di Belvedere in Florence Italy.

Florence, Italy –October 7, 2016 – Director, Ron Howrd and Felicity Jones at the Columbia Pictures INFERNO photo call at the Forte di Belvedere in Florence Italy.

Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world’s population.The film’s screenplay is by David Koepp, based upon the novel by Dan Brown. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are the producers.

Expect Tom Hanks to look 20 years younger with the darker mop, and he gets to run a lot, always good exercise on set. The movie has great lines like “there’s a switch, if you throw it, half of the people on earth will die… you are humanity’s final hope.” Watch the clip next…

Directed by:
Ron Howard

Screenplay by:
David Koepp

Based upon the novel by:
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Produced by:
Brian Grazer
Ron Howard

Executive Producers:
David Householter
Dan Brown
William M. Connor
Anna Culp
Ben Waisbren

Cast:
Tom Hanks
Felicity Jones
Irrfan Khan
Omar Sy
Ben Foster
Sidse Babett Knudsen

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