Stephen King may be known as a multi-award winning American author with several notable titles in his bibliography, over 50 published titles to date, yet his library of stories took several decades to cultivate. Originating from Portland, Maine, in 1947, where King began writing at an early age. King’s passion for writing eventually resulted in him publishing his first novel in 1974, titled ‘Carrie’. Since King’s debut publication with Carrie, the American author seems to have developed a catalogue of award-winning titles. Within King’s collection of books, one might find several notable titles, including The Shining, The Stand, IT and much more. In addition to King’s library of releases, many of his published titles. There was King’s film adaptation of The Shawshank Redemption, The Shining and The Green Mile, to name a few. However, it seems King’s longest running series is about to be the latest in the author’s works to receive the film treatment.
With King having a diverse selection of novels, Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Entertainment’s Sony Pictures, selected The Dark Tower series for adaptation to the big screen. The Dark Tower series is an expansive science fiction series which presently has eight novels currently published. The debut novel in The Dark Tower series saw publication in 1982 and began the journey of series protagonist Roland Deschain. This first volume of the Dark Tower series saw protagonist Roland Deschain on the trail of an individual known as “the man in black”. This initial novel seemed to set the tone and premise of The Dark Tower series and saw Roland, a character known as The Last Gunslinger, journey across vast landscapes and new worlds. Roland’s journey to reach the man in black eventually leads him on a quest for The Dark Tower.
As Stephen King explores the world of The Dark Tower with each book, Roland eventually recruits new comrades to join his quest for the mysterious Dark Tower. The Dark Tower seems to remain largely mysterious throughout the series of books but eventually The Dark Tower is revealed to be the centre of the multiverse, a tower seems to connect worlds together at a central point. Eventually, Roland discovers the Man in Black is known as Walter O’Dimm and the two find themselves locked in an adventure as they journey toward The Dark Tower. Walter O’Dimm’s purpose seems to be slightly more sinister as he appears to be determined to topple the Dark Tower while Roland does everything in his power to prevent this from happening. As the Dark Tower seems to hold the universe together, – its condition seemingly affecting the fate of the world, – the two characters are set on a path which may see only one of them rise as the victor.
With this rivalry set in motion, the events of The Dark Tower series seems to be set up for an adventure filled with mystical elements. Chosen to direct this cinematic project is Nikolaj Arcel (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and it seems the film adaptation of The Dark Tower aims to condense all eight books into a single film. For the film adaptation, Idris Elba (Prometheus, Pacific Rim) was chosen to play the gunslinger Roland Deschain and Matthew McConnaughey (Interstellar, The Wolf of Wall Street) was cast as the man in black, Walter O’Dimm, As both the man in black and the gunslinger race toward the Dark Tower, the film adaptation of Stephen King’s fantasy series aims to take audiences on a journey across the multiverse to explore worlds other than they know.
How might the 2017 Dark Tower film introduce audiences to Stephen King’s long-running series of books?