So The Dark Tower is finally in theaters. After taking the longest routes to theaters imaginable (and still actually happen) the movie legitimately exists. I honestly never thought I’d see the day. It’s almost like any time they tried to make the movie before, right as they reached the point of finalizing it, they’d be snapped right back to the beginning.
But not this cycle.
Anywho, one of the weirder parts of the The Dark Tower‘s adaptation is a bit we honestly forgot about — that Sony intended to make a TV series that ran between films. Apparently so did everyone else though, as the reaction to Sony announcing a showrunner was a collective “Oh crap, we totally forgot about that.”
The showrunner in question is Glen Mazzara, best known for his work on The Walking Dead, and will be largely based off the fourth book in the series Wizard and Glass. The show will effectively be Roland Deschain’s origin story. Which is, y’know, neat.
So, umm… yeah? It’s totally a thing that’s happening as far as we know right now. I mean, it’s not like Sony would go and announce a big expansive universe before knowing whether or not the film it’s based on is successful enough to support it.
The Dark Tower books by Stephen King are, for lack of a better phrase, f***ing weird. Regardless, people have been trying to adapt the series to screen on and off for what seems like forever. Things seemed to be stuck in development hell, right up until last summer when the film mysteriously appeared on Sony’s schedule.
Nikolaj Arcel is directing the film (co-writing alongside Anders Thomas Jensen, Akiva Goldsman, and Jeff Pinkner), but we finally have a bit of casting news.
We now know (for sure) who will be playing The Gunslinger and The Man in Black, as Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey have now been confirmed for the respective roles. This isn’t too much of a surprise, as rumors have been pointing in this direction for a while.
Frankly, I can’t see anyone better in either role.
Sony currently has The Dark Tower slotted for a January 13, 2017 release, though I’m betting that gets delayed.
The third Abramsverse (we need a better name for that) Star Trek film, or as we call it around here “Star Trek 3ish,” has had an interesting road to production — the incredible drama involving Robert Orci most notably. Because of that, we felt like reporting on a rumor that, frankly, cheers me up insanely.
Variety is now reporting that Idris Elba is in early talks to play the villain in Star Trek 3ish.
Now this may end up meaning nothing – early talks could fall through and this may not happen. But for this brief moment, we can imagine the wonderfulness that is Idris Elba appearing in a Star Trek film. We can fantasize about his gravitas being brought to the next major villain in the franchise. There is a light shining in the darkness.
Well, several — Simon Pegg is writing the script after all. Frankly, since Orci’s ousting prospects have actually looked pretty good for this film.
So yes, there’s a chance we’ll get to see Idris Elba in another franchise.