Stephen King Warns Fans About Book Changes in ‘The Dark Tower’ Film

By May 18, 2016

After years and years of struggling to get made, a film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is finally in production, with a stellar cast including Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Abbey Lee, Katheryn Winnick, and more.

Following the first set images of Idris Elba dressed as The Gunslinger in the film recently as well, Stephen King himself has spoken briefly about the film, cautioning fans of the novels about some of the adaptation’s biggest changes.

While recently speaking on the EW Podcast (H/T BMD), King said that the film starts around where fans and those familiar with the novels would probably expect, with the opening line of The Gunslinger, as opposed to the rumored Pink Floyd lyric that opened Akiva Goldsman’s draft:

“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.”

Now, it should be noted right away that while it starts there, at least we think it will, the film adaptation will not a be a straight, chronological adaptation of the series either, which has become increasingly more clear as characters have been added to the film that aren’t introduced until much father into the series than just The Gunslinger.

According to King though, who confirms that the story itself takes place differently than the novels, fans will come to accept the film’s version of the story because it’s still the story:

“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.”

Now BMD’s report theorizes that the film could be pulling elements from several of the books in the series, including The Gunslinger, The Drawing Of The Three, The Waste Lands, Wolves Of The Calla, and the final installment, The Dark Tower, since the film has been rumored to be maintaining the same basic structure as Akiva Goldsman’s original screenplay draft, despite being worked on by director Nikolaj Arcel and Anders Thomas Jensen.

EW Podcast host, Anthony Breznican, also theorizes though that due to King’s “in media res” comment, the film could pick up during the third novel in the series, The Waste Lands, which would make sense for those of you familiar with the series. Nonetheless, it’s impossible to know for sure what exactly the film’s complete story will end up being, and what elements from the series it pulls from. Idris Elba sure looks cool as The Gunslinger though, and the cast as a whole is fairly incredible, so The Dark Tower has basically got everything going for it right now that it could ask for. Now we’ll just have to see how well it can do in adapting source material that King himself considers to be his magnum opus.

The Dark Tower is set to hit theatres on February 17th, 2017.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable