Friday, March 22, 2019

The Dark Tower Series Cast Young Roland, Man in Black

Been a minute since had any news on The Dark Tower front. It seems the pace of the TV show is starting to slowly speed up as Amazon has announced they have cast two of the leads for the show. Jasper Pääkkönen (Vikings, BlacKkKlansman) has probably been cast as Marten, aka Walter O'Dim aka Randall Flagg aka the Man in Black that was played by Matthew McConaughey in the movie. Sam Strike (Nightflyers) has been cast as young Roland Deschain. The TV series is a "prequel" of sorts that will explore the character of Roland as a teenager and the events that led to the downfall of his home and his rise as "The Gunslinger." A lot of it was explored in the Marvel comic books and of course the Dark Tower books but the series isn't bound by those. Since they cast Roland is a white dude, its pretty clear the movie starring Idris Elba and McConaughey is being completely ignored.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Dark Tower TV Series Gets TWD Showrunner

One time The Walking Dead show runner Glen Mazzara has been hired to as show runner of The Dark Tower TV series. The series is expected to focus on the back story of Roland Deschain which was covered in the Wizard and Glass novel along with most of Marvel's comics around the series. Idris Elba is signed on for the series but I doubt in a major role but probably more to introduce the series since most of the story is Deschain as a teenager. The hiring seems to be a show of confidence from Sony in light of the overwhelmingly bad reviews for the movie which best be summed up as overly simplified and bland.

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Dark Tower Easter Egg TV Spot

Below is a new TV spot for The Dark Tower that continues to show nothing about the movie but indicates it will be filled with easter eggs from other Stephen King books and movies. So far the campaign for the movie is pretty bad, basically going "did you like all that other Stephen King stuff? If you do then you might like this movie! Look the hero does bad ass things with an old fashioned gun!" Hopefully they will up their game this week.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Dark Tower Magnum Opus Featurette

Here is a new featurette for The Dark Tower. Has a few seconds of new scenes.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Dark Tower Clocks in at 95 Minutes

It looks like the group behind The Dark Tower movie really cut a ton of chaff from The Dark Tower books as the movie will come in at a brisk 95 minutes. Part of that could be because a significant portion of the movie is based the Gunslinger which is the shortest book in the series by far. More then likely they just went with the through line of good guy vs bad guy and cut everything else around that. Director Nikolaj Arcel later commented on the length:
“The good news here…the reason why many fans are worried about the run time is that they think we are trying to do everything in this film. Which we are not. This is ideally the first film. This is an introduction to the world and the characters. It’s not meant to be all the novels and we’re just trying to cram everything in there. So that’s one thing. And the script was really lean and tight. When I got on board, the script was very short, very lean. That’s one of the things that attracted me to it. I said ‘This is smart.’ You start with a lean, mean story and you don’t try to cram everything in there. You just build the basic ideas. And if people enjoy it and if they like this world and these characters, we can start expanding.”