The Dark Tower is probably one of the most beloved stories ever created by Stephen King. As an adaptation, it’s been probably one of King’s biggest nightmares. Movie, TV, Online… it’s been through pretty much everything, and has yet to actually get released. Now, it’s happening and Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey have been set as the leads. It’s even begun filming. However, it might not be the Dark Tower you remember.
King took to a recent EW podcast to let fans know that this will not be a strict page-to-screen adaptation.
“I expect that the movie will start where the books start. Y’know, “The man in black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed.” I think that nails it right in place for people…I’ve been pretty insistent on that, and I think everyone’s onboard with it. “It starts sort of in medias res, in the middle of the story instead of at the beginning, which may upset some of the fans a little bit. But they will get behind it, because it is the story.”
Fans can expect that the film will be largely, if not entirely, focused on The Gunslinger, the first book in the series.