Next year, Stephen King fans are finally going to get to see The Dark Tower brought to life on the big screen after many, many years of waiting. With Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey leading the film as The Gunslinger and The Man in Black, the film has the potential to be one of the better King film adaptations in recent memory, and judging by the author’s excitement towards it even, it sounds like The Dark Tower may live up to its cast’s potential.
What some fans may not already be aware of though, is that a companion Dark Tower TV series has been in the works at the same time as the film also, and it looks like our very first details about the series have finally been revealed.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the series itself will be a 10-13 episode adaptation of Wizard and Glass, the fourth installment in The Dark Tower novels, and is set to start shooting sometime in 2017, with a 2018 debut currently planned. In addition, the series will apparently be dark enough to warrant a home at a cable or streaming platform, with Idris Elba and Tom Taylor both set to reprise their roles as Roland Deschain and Jake Chambers in the series.
The duo will apparently serve as a “framing device” for the show’s central story, which takes place many years before the events of the film and helps to fill in a number of blanks involving Roland’s origin, with a younger actor set to play the past version of Deschain.
The film’s director, Nikolaj Arcel, and his co-writer Anders Thomas Jensen, will both be writing the pilot script for the series and will be executive producers on it as well, with another writer set to be brought in to serve as its showrunner.
For those wondering as well, McConaughey’s involvement in the series is not clear yet either. He hasn’t signed on to play The Man in Black in it, but the possibility remains open. His character is after all, a sorcerer that has taken on different shapes and names throughout King’s book series, so it’s possible that if McConaughey doesn’t sign on for the series, they could just cast another actor in the role, and use that device to explain his different appearance.
So there you go Stephen King fans! Not a bad way to help celebrate the author’s birthday, right?
The Dark Tower film is set to hit theatres on February 17th, 2017.
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