We’ve been cautious about every bit of Dark Tower news given how long it’s been gestating away without ever really getting closer, but this bit of news is definitely a ray of sunshine for the Gunslinger.
Deadline reports that Sony has set release dates for a whole raft of projects, including their adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: 13 January 2017.
The project was previously set up at Universal before Sony snapped it up, and the current plan is a very ambitious one of a movie franchise and a TV series. The book series itself is a vast, sprawling fantastical epic, beginning with The Gunslinger, as Roland Deschain hunts the Man In Black.
Nikolaj Arcel is rewriting the script and is set to direct. He previous helmed excellent Danish drama A Royal Affair, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander, and he co-wrote the awesome original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
There’s still no word on casting; previous actors eyed for the lead role of Roland Deschain include Javier Bardem and Russell Crowe.
We’d still advise approaching this news with caution, as the projects gone through so many different hands and iterations, but still…we’re excited.
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