From the horror of It and Carrie to the uplifting storylines of The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, movies based on the writing of famed novelist Stephen King span a wide range of genres. So it’s no surprise that his The Dark Tower series blends the cowboy Western with epic fantasy – and now we get to see it translated to the big screen with the upcoming movie of the same name.
There are other worlds than these. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen. The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.
Reports have suggested that the movie is not a strict retelling of the entire book series, but takes elements from certain sections – which is understandable given the full series storyline would be better suited to a long-form HBO-style series rather than a standalone movie of just a couple of hours.
Starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, The Dark Tower hits movie screens on August 4.