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.
To say it’s taken a while for The Dark Tower to make it to screens would be an understatement. The film adaptation of the Stephen King series has been in development as long as I can remember, and even once this iteration started moving forward, it’s faced continuous delays. Things look like they’re actually happening now though, and the first trailer for the film has been released.
It’s a pretty simple introduction to the series’s concepts, and I think a pretty good trailer. You also get to see Idris Elba being a complete badass, which is always a plus. What remains to be seen is if the film will ever get as weird as the books do… because those books do get super weird.
Part of me is starting to believe that the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series is some sort of cosmic trick. The closer it seems to get, the further away it really is. I mean, the project’s been in development for over a decade, and its release has already been delayed twice — first from January 2017 to February 2017, and then again until this upcoming July.
And now it’s been delayed even further.
/Film is reporting that The Dark Tower won’t make its July 28th release date, and will now arrive August 4th. I mean, it’s not the end of the world — the delay is literally only a week. But I’m starting to be convinced that when I arrive at the theaters on August 4th, I’m going to be told that the release has been moved to the 5th.
And that no matter what I do, the release will always just be just out of reach.
On this episode of the Nerd & Tie Podcast: Bryan Fuller has stepped down as show runner for Star Trek: Discovery, DC’s Flash Movie has lost its second director, Young Justice is actually getting a third season, The Dark Tower is delayed until next summer, Wizard World is cutting back for 2017, Steve Wozniak’s Tokyo Comic Con takes a bad crossplay position (and then reverses it), and actor Ray Park was questioned by police for allegedly assaulting a woman at Super Megafest Comic Con.
Also, we talk a bit about Doctor Strange and the basic formula of lazy writers’ genre shows.
The film adaptation of The Dark Tower seems to be perpetually just out of reach. After a good decade of going in and out of development hell, the movie finally started coming together last year. The film got a couple of amazing lead actors, filming actually happened, and it looked like it would actually make its February 2017 release date.
Well, sadly not so much on that last one.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the film has hit delays in post production, and the film will now find itself on the Summer schedule for 2017 instead. While it’s a special effects intensive fantasy epic, but The Dark Tower only has a budget of $60 million. As the effects were taking longer than expected to produce, the studio had to choose between delaying release or pouring millions more into the film to get it done in time.
It’s not the worst news we could get at this point, but considering how rocky a road the film has had (and how long its taken for the film to actually happen), it does seem like it’s a bit cursed.
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.
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.
On this fortnight’s installment of the podcast, we discuss the new Deadpool trailer, how we’re grateful that we won’t have to watch Uncle Ben die in the next Spider-Man movie, the bizarreness of a post-Apocalyptic adaptation of Little Women (you read that right), how The Dark Tower film(s) seem finally on track, Galacticon’s bizarre staff drama, Anime California’s inappropriate actions towards Summoner’s Cafe, and how we’re all super happy to be attending Geek.kon!
It’ll be fun. We have some big news for you there.
A movie or television adaptation The Dark Tower series of Novels by Stephen King has been in development hell as long as I can remember. When I started writing this article I was convinced that Nerd & Tie must have covered this before, but realized it couldn’t have because I was thinking about news that came out five or six years before Nerd & Tie existed.
Anyway, every once and a while we hear a blip or two about this project, but I’ve taken to ignoring them as none have yet to actually resolve into something real…
…well… maybe until now.
You see, Sony dropped a ton of movie news yesterday, and in that pile was one important thing we’ve never had before: A release date for the first Dark Tower movie.
The film is scheduled to come out January 13, 2017 — which is only a year and a half away. This means that the wheels are actually moving forward, and that the odds are pretty good that something is actually going to happen this time around.
I mean yeah, there’s still a chance this whole thing could fall apart – and I wouldn’t be surprised if it did – but this is the closest to actually happening the films have ever gotten to.
Now should this series be adapted into film? I’m not sure. The ending to those books (which I won’t spoil) is so weird that I don’t know if movie goers would ever accept it… so either they’ll leave it and the masses will leave scratching their heads, or it’ll get changed and die-hard fans will get mad.
Both reactions would be kind of hilarious to watch, honestly.
Of course, then there’s the third option: The first movie bombs and we never get anywhere near the end of the series, ala The Golden Compass.
…honestly, I think that might be the best option here.