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Idris Elba (Prometheus) and Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor, Dallas Buyers Club, 2013) star in The Dark Tower, the epic adventure based on the Stephen King book series, debuting on digital October 17 and on 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD October 31 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Roland, the last Gunslinger (Idris Elba) has been locked in an eternal battle with the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from destroying 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.
The Dark Tower also stars Tom Taylor making his feature film debut as Jake Chambers, Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) as Laurie, Claudia Kim (Avengers: Age of Ultron) as Arra, Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) as Pimli, Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Tirana and Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley (Best Supporting Actor, »
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is giving horror fans a new title to add to their hallowed Halloween movie marathons with their October 31st release of The Dark Tower on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD, following the film's arrival on digital platforms beginning October 17th:
Press Release: Culver City, Calif. (September 19, 2017) – Idris Elba (Prometheus) and Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor, Dallas Buyers Club, 2013) star in The Dark Tower, the epic adventure based on the Stephen King book series, debuting on digital October 17 and on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™, Blu-ray and DVD October 31 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Roland, the last Gunslinger (Idris Elba) has been locked in an eternal battle with the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from destroying the DarkTower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle. The Dark Tower »
- Derek Anderson
Not only is Stephen King one of the most recognizable names in literature, but he’s also one of the most adapted writers ever to put pen to paper. With over 240 writing credits to his name, filmmakers and showrunners return to his work time and again in an attempt to deliver new takes on classic tales of drama and horror. While his work remains popular, the name of Stephen King is not always a guarantee of quality when it comes to movies and television. Screenwriters and directors have often taken his source material and delivered interpretations that have been decidedly below par – for example, 2003’s Dreamcatcher, or 1993’s The Tommyknockers. Ultimately, however, these unfortunate attempts only serve to make the successful projects all the more impressive.
- Sarah Myles
Stars: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Dennis Haysbert, Ben Gavin, Claudia Kim, Jackie Earle Haley, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee, Katheryn Winnick, Nicholas Pauling, Michael Barbieri, José Zúñiga | Written by Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner, Anders Thomas Jensen, Nikolaj Arcel | Directed by Nikolaj Arcel
“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” As opening lines go, The Gunslinger’s should be up there with Pride and Prejudice’s universally acknowledged truth for sheer iconicism. We say should be, for Stephen King’s epic fantasy Western always was one of his most underappreciated, and less read.
Hence director Nikolaj Arcel and his screenwriters (plus committee, who had a big hand in this aberration) jettisoning that powerful, brilliant, stark opening in favour of modern-day New York and a teenage protagonist. For those unfamiliar with the books, The Dark Tower won’t be even nearly so offensive. Constant readers will »
- Joel Harley
(Aotn) ‘The Dark Tower”, the multi-decade work of master storyteller Mr.Stephen King, has, at long last, finally be made into a feature film. After having the opportunity to view the film I have come away with a couple of notions, most notably that much more work could have and should have been done to make the final product more appealing to the countless fans that have followed this book series throughout the years.
Stephen King has two major movies coming out this year “The Dark Tower” and “It”. “The Dark Tower” books were first released in 1982, and the final one was released in 2012. With much of King’s work the story of the Dark Tower seems to find it’s way into much of his other work as well. King has called The Dark Tower series his magnum opus. The series was chiefly inspired by the poem “Childe Roland »
- Stephen Nepa
Sony and Mrc’s adaptation is projected to win the weekend with about $18 million at 3,449 locations for the Friday-Sunday period while Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic “Dunkirk” should finish a close second with about $16 million at 4,014 sites. Should the estimate hold, “The Dark Tower” will post the second-lowest total of a weekend winner this year, above only the Feb. 3 to Feb. 5 Super Bowl frame, when the third weekend of “Split” won with $14.4 million.
Sony’s second weekend of “The Emoji Movie” appears headed for third place with $12 million to $14 million. Aviron’s launch of Halle Berry’s “Kidnap” is pegged for a fourth-place battle with Annapurna’s expanded run of Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit” in the $8 million to $10 million range. Universal’s third weekend of “Girls Trip” and Focus Features’ second »
- Dave McNary
“The Dark Tower” shot to $1.8 million at 2,770 North American locations on Thursday night.
Sony and MRC’s adaptation is projected to win the weekend with about $20 million to $25 million at 3,449 locations. The studio is being slightly more conservative with a $19 million forecast for the action fantasy, based on Stephen King’s series of eight novels.
The Thursday night previews started at 7:19 p.m., in keeping with King’s use of the time “19:19” and the number 19 in his works. The $1.8 million total is equivalent to Paramount’s “Ghost in the Shell,” which opened with $18.7 million on the March 31-April 2 weekend.
“The Dark Tower,” which cost $60 million to make, stars Idris Elba as the Gunslinger — a sort of supernatural law enforcement officer protecting the Dark Tower. Matthew McConaughey portrays the Man in Black, who’s on a mission of total destruction.
- Dave McNary
“The Dark Tower” earned $1.8 million at the Thursday box office, on track for Sony’s estimate of an opening weekend in the high teens. “The Dark Tower” is directed by Nikolaj Arcel, who co-wrote the screenplay with Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinker, and Anders Thomas Jensen. Producers are Goldsman, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and Stephen King. It stars Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba. Elba is Roland Deschain, a.k.a. The Gunslinger, a roaming knight of the Old West who resides in a parallel dimension known as Mid-World. He crosses paths with Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor), an 11-year-old New Yorker with wanderlust who accidentally crosses over. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Author: Zehra Phelan
Despite the heavy criticism surrounding the yet as unreleased The Dark Tower starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughy, TV bigwigs remain unmoved in their determination to adapt Stephen King’s fantasy into a TV series.
Related: The Dark Tower News, Trailers and Images
The announcement of the former The Walking Dead executive producer Glen Mazzara hoping on board as a showrunner means the adaptation of the fourth book in the series “Wizard and Glass” is still very much on track.
With production on the series due to start in 2018, it is reported that Mrc is looking to produce between ten to thirteen episodes for the first season, as yet there are no cable network partners attached but Mrc are hoping to find a taker before production begins.
It is said that Elba will be playing a part in the series, »
- Zehra Phelan
The Dark Tower attempts to condense Stephen King’s wide-ranging epic book series of good versus evil into a two-hour film, with results that are unlikely to please many fans, despite a cast that includes Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey.
Idris Elba plays The Last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, whose task is to prevent The Man In Black, Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey) from destroying the Dark Tower that protects the universe from the demons who would overrun it. In contemporary New York, a 14-year-old boy named Jacob (Tom Taylor) has visions of the Dark Tower, the Man In Black and the Gunslinger, while the city is shaken by periodic mysterious earthquakes. The visions worry Jacob’s mother, who thinks they area manifestation of his grief since the death of his father, but Jacob’s stepfather is »
- Cate Marquis
Chicago – Nobody does good vs. evil archetypes like author Stephen King, and this framework is purposeful in the film adaptation of King’s “The Dark Tower.” The popular book series gets a visual kick through the rendering of director Nikolaj Arcel and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment.
It will be left to the readers of the book series to gauge the film’s ultimate success, but to somebody walking in who knows nothing of the story (like me), the parallel worlds and mystical forces surrounding it was fascinating both as science fiction and blithe fantasy. With characters like “The Man in Black” and “The Gunslinger” facing off – over the ultimate power contained in a hub in the universe called The Dark Tower – it’s best to sit back while this confrontation inspires the visual wonders, that are righteously delivered in our current movie era. It’s not perfect, and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
With The Dark Tower opening in theaters this weekend, moviegoers will be transported to Mid-World on the big screen, but the seminal Stephen King book series is making some progress on the small screen as well, with a showrunner now set.
According to THR, Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead, Damien) is set to serve as showrunner for The Dark Tower TV series from Media Rights Capital and Sony Pictures Television. The series is currently in the development stages, as it still needs to find a network to call home, but it's expected to comprise 10–13 episodes and filming could begin as early as 2018 if things move forward (The Dark Tower's box office performance could be a factor in whether or not the series comes to fruition).
- Derek Anderson
So much is so wrong about The Dark Tower, the stunted film version of Stephen King's marvelously dense and dazzling series of eight novels, that it's hard to know where to kick off a critical reckoning. The crux of the problem is that the bestselling author's magnum opus deserves an open-ended miniseries treatment, akin to what HBO has done with Game of Thrones or Peter Jackson's treatment of the magnificent cinematic trilogy Lord of the Rings.
Instead, we get a 95-minute movie that plays like a mash-up of »
From start to finish The Dark Tower, directed by Nikolaj Arcel from the popular book series by Stephen King, feels like something salvaged from something else. The result is a mostly entertaining piece of fantasy pulp that is a victim of trying to do too much and too little at the same time. For better or worse, this film is a testament to how hard telling a story can be, especially when a version of that story has been told over many books over many years and is beloved by many fans.
But let’s stick with what’s in the movie. There’s a kid named Jake (Tom Taylor) who’s having nightmares he’s convinced are real. Jake’s mother (Katheryn Winnick) and crappy stepfather (Nicholas Pauling) think he’s crazy, but of course he’s not. There’s a Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey, eating ham sandwiches »
- Dan Mecca
No one would ever accuse Stephen King of lacking ambition — particularly when it comes to his self-professed magnum opus, “The Dark Tower,” an eight-book series that chronicles an epic battle where the fate of the entire universe (known and unknown) hangs in the balance as the powers of good and evil duke it out for ultimate supremacy. King’s vision is essentially a western sci-fi in which a sullen gunslinger battles through a fantastical land to reach the titular dark tower that holds together multiple universes on the verge of collapse. It’s a series that has everything, including a cameo by none other than King himself, who writes the stories as they’re playing out on the page.
- Kate Erbland
As the voters behind the annual Golden Globes, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. exert an enormous influence on award season. But who are they? Variety asked five HFPA members to discuss their home territories, and lives on the circuit.
Tina Jøhnk Christensen
(Denmark, member since 2013)
Biggest surprise hit in home territory
Biggest Hollywood star
The Danes watch a lot of Hollywood films and the biggest Hollywood stars are Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence, as well as Scarlett Johansson and Viggo Mortensen, who have Danish heritage. But Danes are probably even more interested in Danish stars. Denmark is a very small nation of around five million people, so when Mads Mikkelsen, Ulrich Thomsen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Connie Nielsen and Sidse Babett-Knudsen make it internationally »
- Shalini Dore
Sony Classical proudly announces the release of The Dark Tower (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) featuring the music of the prolific Dutch composer Tom Holkenborg. The soundtrack will be released digitally on July 28 and on CD on August 4. The movie opens in theaters nationwide on August 4.
About the film and soundtrack, Tom Holkenborg says: “Dark Tower is an incredible mix of horror, fantasy and western, it inhabits a unique and singular world, human and personal, yet also other, and the score had to try and reflect this. It was a fascinating project to work on, and an honor trying to score the words and imagination of the great Stephen King.”
The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has »
- Michelle Hannett
Back in the long-ago age of 1978, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction published a novella called The Gunslinger by Stephen King, who at the time had just rocketed from obscurity to the best-seller list with his books Carrie, 'Salem's Lot, The Shining and The Stand. Already regarded as a master of horror fiction, the author proved just as adept at epic fantasy, telling a story about an archetypal western hero named Roland, on a quest through a mystical desert on a ravaged parallel Earth, in pursuit of a »
Goldsman has been one of Hollywood’s most prolific screenwriters and producers for the past two decades. He won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2001 for “A Beautiful Mind” and has writing credits on “Batman Forever,” “Batman & Robin,” “I Am Legend,” “Cinderella Man,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Angels & Demons,” “I Robot,” “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” and “Transformers: The Last Knight.”
Goldsman shares screenwriting credit for Sony’s upcoming “The Dark Tower” with Jeff Pinkner, Anders Thomas Jensen and Arcel. He is a producer along with Ron Howard, Erica Huggins and Stephen King. The film, starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, opens Aug. 11.
- Dave McNary
Dark Tower TV spots land ahead of the film’s release this coming August.
Sony Pictures have debuted three new TV spots for their big summer release The Dark Tower. There’s not too long to go now until the big-screen adaptation of the Stephen King movie hits the big screen, and these new promos give us a brand new look at the movie. You can watch the new Dark Tower TV spots in the players below.
Dark Tower TV spots
I’ve got to admit, I personally don’t know a great deal about the source material, but speaking to people and firing up some of the forums online, I can see that it has a huge following and this film is a hot ticket for the summer months.
Here’s a little more about the movie.
Related: Watch the trailer for The Dark Tower
Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, »
- Paul Heath
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