To explain how long people have been trying to develop The Dark Tower series of novels by Stephen King to screen is to explain time itself. I swear, it’s been a thing that’s been worked on as far back as I can remember, and every time I hear about it I instinctively dismiss it at this point.
But even though this latest attempt by Sony has looked more concrete than the earlier versions, I was still resisting it. It didn’t matter that Sony put in on their schedule for an early 2017 release. It didn’t matter that the film finally had a director. It didn’t matter that Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey had both been cast in major roles.
I just couldn’t make myself buy it. I had been burned far too often.
Well, guess what? I’m finally willing to believe the movie is happening now. My reason is pretty simple, as Sony announced yesterday at Cinema Con that principal photography has officially begun. They are literally, right now, at this very moment shooting the movie.
In simple terms if you put something on film, I’ll believe the film exists.
So here were are, an excellent cast making a movie that I’ve never been sure could work as a movie. A movie that even if it does work as a movie will be difficult to market. A movie that even if it’s marketed well, will surely confuse the heck out of audiences with its sequels.
What a strange world we live in.
The Dark Tower is currently scheduled for a February 17, 2017 release.