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The long-awaited film adaptation of Stephen King's fantasy classic The Dark Tower is finally in production. Earlier this week, on-set images of star Idris Elba were revealed, and now King himself has spoken about what fans can expect from the movie.
While the author does suggest that the book's famous opening lines will kick off the film, audiences should expect a few changes along the way. "I expect that the movie will start where the books start," he told the EW Podcast. "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."
However, King went on to explain that from that point, the movie will deviate from the book. He stated: "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."
The movie stars Elba as gunslinger Roland Deschain, while Matthew McConaughey will play Walter Padick, aka the Man in Black, the demonic sorcerer who is the story's central villain. It is directed by Nikolaj Arcel, who previously helmed the Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair.
The film is set to be released on February 23, 2017, and there are plans for this movie to be the first of an ongoing franchise.
originally posted by: watchitburn
You're out of your mind.
While Im not really excited about Elba as Roland, I would be irate if it was McConaughey.
originally posted by: Skid Mark
a reply to: thov420
Poor choice for Roland. It doesn't make sense. I guess if they have Detta Walker in it they're going to cut out most of her rants, since "honky mofo" won't make sense; they'd have to, right?