The long-awaited film adaptation of Stephen King’s epic ‘The Dark Tower’ series is set to be this summer’s blockbuster
Fans of the book series have been going crazy at the announcement of the film and with the release of the latest trailer, we can see why!
Based off Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' series, the last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, is locked in an eternal battle with the Man in Black to defend the Dark Tower, which holds the entire universe together.
Now their war has come to our world in the ultimate battle between good and evil. :O
1. 'The Dark Tower' book series is amazing and has a massive following all over the world
The first novel in the series 'The Gunslinger' was released in 1982 and has garnered millions fans. The whole series includes eight books, which inspired a comic book series and video game.
Fans from across the globe have created fan art, tattoos, sculptures, and more.
2. Stephen King has given his seal of approval
The author is known to be outspoken and has called out what he considers subpar adaptations of his novels. This time around, King not only helped edit the script, after watching the film he said, "it's terrific."
For fans of his work, a Stephen King seal of approval means you're in for a treat!
3. Idris Elba is finally getting to show off his killer acting skills as a leading man
Fan favourite and heartthrob, Elba has been amazing both on the small screen and silver screen. We can't wait to watch him in his role as the Gunslinger <3
4. Matthew McConaughey plays the ultimate villain
As "The One Sworn To Destroy It," McConaughey plays the Man in Black, a sorcerer who is hellbent on the total destruction of Earth.
5. The story universe is massive and you can lose yourself in it
If you're the kind of person who loves to delve into fictional worlds and get lost inside, then this is the film for you.
Stephen King revealed his inspiration was 'The Lord of the Rings' and the world that J.R.R. Tolkien created. So he developed his own world in this series with the 'Tower' representing the gateway to multiple dimensions. Prepare to lose yourself in unique settings that surpass fantasy and science-fiction.
6. The movie isn’t really an adaptation but a continuation
There are a lot of books to the Dark Tower series and the film is not so much an adaptation of the book, 'Gunslinger' but rather a continuation of the entire series.
King's tweet got fans super excited as it revealed that their favourite characters would not be bound by the books, and may go down different paths :O
7. It connects almost EVERY Stephen King novel
Get ready to spot Easter Eggs galore when you watch the movie. 'The Dark Tower' book series connects with the fictional universe that Stephen King created, including It, the Shining, The Stand, Salem's Lot, and more.
You can even find some nods to other books in the trailer ;)
8. It's not just horror... or fantasy... or action
There's something for everyone. From Western cowboy influences, to sci-fi and fantasy, 'The Dark Tower' also includes a lot of horror as well as romance and drama. It's a completely unique saga that can only come from the imagination of Stephen King.
9. People have been fighting to make this movie for nearly 20 years
Stephen King made the official announcement last year, but this film has been in the making for nearly 20 years. With big names like J.J. Abrams and Ron Howard attaching their name to the project, and Russell Crowe and Javier Bardem rumoured for different roles in the past.
This kind of dedication to a project shows its obvious potential to take our breaths away!
10. The ambitious book series could become an iconic film franchise
The novels are loved for the world it created, the characters with depth, and a story-line that will stay with you for years down the road. 'The Gunslinger' is one of King's best novels and devoted fans are excited to not only see it on the big screen, but to see the changes that have been made to the epic story.
Plus, this is tipped to be another massive movie franchise and we're excited to see crossovers and spin-offs!
Can't wait to watch 'The Dark Tower'? Catch it in cinemas on 3 August!