Sunday, March 19, 2017

New The Dark Tower Poster and Plot Synopsis

It has been awhile since had any information to update this blog with. The drought has at least temporarily ended as a new poster for The Dark Tower has been revealed along with a story synopsis. Interesting choice to show the upside streets of New York over Mid-World. Plot synopsis:
Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is a young 11-year-old adventure seeker who discovers clues about another dimension called Mid-World. Upon following the mystery, he is spirited away to Mid-World where he encounters the lone frontiersman knight Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), who is on a quest to reach the ‘Dark Tower’ that resides in End-World and reach the nexus point between time and space that he hopes will save Mid-World from extinction. But with various monsters and a vicious sorcerer named Walter Padick (Matthew McConaughey) hot on their trail, the unlikely duo find that their quest may be difficult to complete.

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Dark Tower Moved To Summer 2017

The Dark Tower movie was initially set for release date of February 17, 2017. Today Sony announced the release has been moved to July 28, 2017. The reason for the change in date was "needing deadline extensions on the visual effects, as well as more lead-up to promote the film." Really four months is more then enough time to finish the film...if it had the budget of a typical blockbuster film where most solutions can be resolved with man power. The budget for this movie is "only" $60 million (when compared to average $200M spend for summer tent pole movies) so trying to meet the February deadline would only increase the cost of the film. “It’s a very fiscally responsible budget, and trying to stay in budget to make money and stay profitable means the VFX won’t be finished in time [for February],” one source tells EW, on condition of anonymity. “Now that there’s more time, they’re not paying rush charges to get the effects where they need to be.” Also Sony has made virtually no effort to pre-promote the film by releasing teaser trailers, posters and the like. Now they have the time to design a equally budgeted promotional campaign (for tentpole summer movies the average marketing spend could be over $100M). It will be interesting to see how Sony gets attention on the film during the usual crowded summer release while not spending to much money doing it.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Dark Tower TV Series Based on Wizard and Glass

For the many years that The Dark Tower was in development hell, one or more TV series was always part of the plan. When The Dark Tower movie finally moved forward with a budget, it was assumed that part of the plan was dropped. It turns out that is not the case. Current plans are to release a 10 to 13 episode limited series that would begin filming in 2017 for release in 2018 with Sony financing the show "depending on how the scripts and story arcs develop." In short, all this really depends on how The Dark Tower performs at the box office. The movie fails then obviously the TV series and any subsequent movies are done. Assuming it goes forward, the series would include Idris Elba (Roland) and Tom Taylor (Jake) who would each reprise their roles from the movie. However, since the stories will be heavily lifted from The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass, their involvement will likely simply be used to set up the flashbacks as the book told a significant chunk of back story about the Gunslinger from his childhood and key moments that influenced his decision to hunt down the Man in Black, Walter O'Dim (aka big bad of the series). Its the same book the Marvel comics stories realized on when first telling the Dark Tower saga. Speaking of, Matthew McConaughey has not signed on to play Walter in the series but that doesn't matter much as the character often changes his entire identity to match his goals and in this case that means being Marten Broadcloak, right hand man to Roland's father and eventual destroyer of his family and kingdom. There is a lot to mine there which hopefully means a fast paced story that will delve deep into the Roland Deschain character.

Friday, August 19, 2016

New Dark Tower Image Teases Mid-World

A new tweeted image provides a look at Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) who is a boy from our Earth that joins Roland on his Mid-World quest for the Dark Tower. You can find other images of the characters here.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Dark Tower Reveals the Sombra App

It turns out last week's Entertainment Weekly cover has a secret that an app can reveal. Head over to The Sombra Group for the link for the Apple or Android version of the app for a little Augmented Reality on the cover that other tidbits that only die hard Dark Tower fans will currently get. If curious or (like me) can't be bothered, head over to Consequence of Sound for the full details of what the app currently reveals.