Friday, March 31, 2017

The Dark Tower Release Delayed A Week

The Dark Tower is getting another delay as the studio has decided to move the movie's release date from July 28 to August 4. Columbia swapped its date with The Emoji Movie so that the movie can get more screen time for younger viewers before school starts. Since The Dark Tower skews older and releasing on tale end of summer movie season, the move will probably have no real effect on box office gains as that number will rely entirely on how successful the marketing campaign is for the movie since the average movie goer has likely never hard of The Dark Tower be it in book form or otherwise.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Description of First Footage of The Dark Tower

In Las Vegas, the annual studio and theater owner meeting called CinemaCon is being held. It is basically a meeting of the extremely wealthy for a week long party. The "work" part is watching the studios sales pitch their summer movies hoping to encourage access to more screens whenever possible for what they hope will be massive opening weekends. As a result the theater execs get feted with early footage, entire movies, and celebs meet and greets. The events are closed to the public and some of the press are allowed but since its for summer movies no recordings are allowed and the studios rarely release the footage to the public. The Dark Tower was one such movie to do its pitch. Below is the description of the footage according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The footage opens with a look at a door frame standing free in the middle of a barren landscape. It then it cuts to Roland in the desert as the famous opening line to King's The Gunslinger, the first volume in the series, is displayed on screen: "The Man in Black fled across the Desert, and the Gunslinger followed.” The footage gives a strong idea of just what The Man in Black is capable of, and it's scarily creepy. Roland and The Man in Black then square off, with Roland telling the villain, "I do not kill with my gun, I kill with my heart." He fires at The Man in Black, who catches the bullet from behind his back.

The footage then cuts to the young boy Jake, who lives in New York but has dreams of Roland and a Dark Tower that must stay standing or else billions will die. Jake's therapist tried to tell him it's a dream, but Jake doesn't believe it. Soon, he is shown exploring an abandoned building, where he discovers a portal that takes him to Roland's world.

Soon, he presents Roland with one of the drawings the boy made of him from his dreams, and Roland explains that as long as The Man in Black is out there, the Tower will fall and Hell will follow.

There are slow-mo shots, including a big fight between the Gunslinger and The Man in Black, as well as an extended look at Roland's prowess with his guns: when Jake is kidnapped, Roland shoots the man who did it from hundreds of yards away, simply by listening to where the bad guy is.

The description is light on details so not particularly spoilerish. However if you want a spoiler and opinion filled description of the same footage head over to AICN. The main takeaway is while the novels themselves had a very light sci-fi touch mostly by indicating that Roland's Western-like present with early 1800s tech was built on the long ago destruction (likely nuclear) of an advanced society (circa the 21st century as imagined in the 1980s), that formula has been flipped by the movie. The emphasis seemed to be on the sci-fi elements with the Western part being retained only via the Gunslinger himself. Of course this is based on just a short snippet so for die hard fans it might be a cause of concern but best to take a wait and see approach.

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.