The beloved Stephen King book series is finally getting a star-studded adaptation.
The first book in the King series is a magic-tinged homage to classic westerns with Elba as a classic hero and McConaughey every inch the weirdo bad guy you’d want from the actor who brought us Rust Cohle.
The old 2014 rumor had McConaughey attached to play Flagg for Josh Boone’s ambitious version of The Stand-Flagg shows up to torment heroes in a number of King novels.
Over 4,250 pages, The Dark Tower series eventually evolves into a knotty sci-fi/fantasy/horror tale incorporating multiple universes and characters from different decades in New York’s history.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, writer-director Nikolaj Arcel wouldn’t specify which books his movie focus on, but did say, “A lot of it takes place in our day, in the modern world.” And King himself confirmed “[The movie] starts in media res, in the middle of the story instead of at the beginning, which may upset some of the fans a little bit, but they’ll get behind it, because it is the story.
With eight books and several comics, t is a lot of Dark Tower ground to cover and, if Sony Pictures has its way, we’ll be living in this world for years to come.