Stephen King Talks About The Possibility Of The Dark Tower Movie


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Stephen King is best known for his eerie, suspense-filled works such as “Carrie,” “It,” ”Misery” and “The Shining”. Some of them have even been exciting enough to be brought to the big screen. “Carrie” was even remade a few years back. Now, rumor has it that ”The Dark Tower” saga is going to be immortalized in film, starring Idris Elba in the lead as Gunslinger Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black.

Although these are all just rumors and no official statements have been made yet, Stephen King himself decided to shed some light on the subject and share a few details about the film in an interview. Luckily enough for all the fans of ”The Dark Tower,” he said that there’s definitely something happening and that the film is “likely to happen.” More specifically, he said:

“It looks to me like it’s more likely than not it’ll happen at this point. Let’s put it that way.”

As for the casting rumors, they seem to hold some water as well. According to King, it’s possible that Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey will indeed star in the film, but he also noted that it’s still too early to say that with any real certainty. Deals are still being made both with Sony and the actors, so we won’t have any substantial information anytime soon. It looks like plans for the making of this film have been around for quite some time, although there was a different format in mind in the past; ”The Dark Tower” was actually supposed to be a series of movies connected by a televised mini-series. We’re unsure whether they are considering that particular format or have something else in mind.

The series officially ended back in 2004 when King released his seventh and final book in the saga, not counting “The Dark Tower: The Wind Through The Keyhole,” which takes place between the fourth and the fifth book. Two years after that, King admitted that he wasn’t ready to close the door to that particular universe just yet, so there might be more to come. To quote him:

“I’m never done with ”The Dark Tower.” The thing about ”The Dark Tower” is that those books were never edited, so I look at them as first drafts. And by the time I got to the fifth or sixth book, I’m thinking to myself, ‘This is really all one novel.’ It drives me crazy. The thing is to try to find the time to rewrite them. There’s a missing element – a big battle at a place called Jericho Hill. And that whole thing should be written; I’ve thought about it several times, and I don’t know how to get into it.”

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When King was asked if he still wants to turn the Jericho Hill story into another book, he said that he was thinking about it. He added that it would require him to read all the material once again to get into the proper frame of mind, which is quite a lengthy process. He also called himself “unprofessional,” meaning that he’s not one of those people that can just sit down and write a novel whenever they want. He claimed that he first got the idea for his novel ”11/22/63” back in 1971, which would mean that it took him forty years to finish it, as the book was released in 2011.

Another uncertainty in his mind is whether to turn his 1978 apocalyptic masterpiece “The Stand” into a full-length movie or miniseries. He says that he’d rather see it become a movie, but that it should definitely “take a leaf” from “The Hunger Games” and “Harry Potter” and come in two parts or more. His newest book titled “End of Watch” is due to be released on June 7th and marks the end of a trilogy that started back in 2014 with ”Mr. Mercedes,” followed by ”Finders Keepers” in 2015.

It seems that just like his books, Stephen King is a man full of mystery and not even he knows exactly what’ll become of his work yet. However, from what we can tell, the enthusiasm is definitely there and we know we’re not alone when we say we’d love to see Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black. ”The Dark Tower” is an amazing series and you can tell that it’s something that has been sculpted to perfection over the course of more than thirty years. To bring it to the big screen and have it keep that charm would be a work of outstanding artistry.

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