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Toby Kebbell to play James Foley in 'Daniel' (exclusive)

Toby Kebbell to play James Foley in 'Daniel' (exclusive)
Niels Arden Oplev’s Isis hostage story has started shooting in Sweden and will continue in Denmark and Jordan.

Toby Kebbell has joined the cast of Niels Arden Oplev’s Daniel, playing Us reporter James Foley, who was executed by Isis.

Kebbell’s credits include Destroyer, the upcoming Bloodshot, RocknRolla, War Horse, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and Black Mirror.

Daniel follows the story of Danish photographer Daniel Rye, who was captured working in Syria in 2013 and held hostage by Isis for 398 days. He was in captivity with 23 other foreign nationals including Foley. To date, Rye is the
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TrustNordisk boards Isis kidnap story 'Daniel' (exclusive)

Danish photographer who was held captive by Isis for 398 days.

TrustNordisk has boarded international sales for Niels Arden Oplev’s new feature Daniel, about Daniel Rye, a Danish photographer who was held captive by Isis for 398 days.

To date, Rye is the last hostage to escape Isis captivity alive.

Daniel will start shooting on October 1 in Denmark, Sweden and Jordan. The film is budgeted at $6.5m (5.5m Euros) for a likely 10-week shoot.

The film is based on Puk Damgård’s bestseller Ser du månen, Daniel, which tells the true story of the young Danish freelance photographer Daniel Rye, who
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Kirsten Sheridan, Pj Harvey projects receive Irish Film Board Funding (exclusive)

Kirsten Sheridan, Pj Harvey projects receive Irish Film Board Funding (exclusive)
Nora Twomey’s animated TV series also supported.

New projects from filmmakers Kirsten Sheridan, Ian Fitzgibbon and Mark O’Halloran are among those being backed by the Irish Film Board in its latest round of funding decisions.

A forthcoming animated TV series co-helmed by Irish Oscar nominee Nora Twomey is also being supported by the national film body, as is a new documentary featuring singer Pj Harvey.

Twomey, nominated for an Oscar this year for her film The Breadwinner, will co-direct Dorg Van Dango with Fabian Erlinghauser. The series, from a script by Nick Murphy, was awarded €250,000.

Ian Fitzgibbon’s
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Amazon’s Dark Tower TV Show Will Be Much More Faithful To The Books

Remember that Dark Tower movie that came out last year? No? I don’t blame you – it was one of the biggest flops of 2017, receiving horrible reviews and being all but disowned by creator Stephen King. Fans of the book series despaired, presumably figuring that the property would never get the careful adaptation it merited. But now they’re getting another bite of the cherry, courtesy of Amazon.

Interestingly, it looks like the show won’t be totally disconnected from the poorly received movie. According to Syfy, the pilot script has been written by the film’s director, Nikolaj Arcel, in collaboration with Anders Thomas Jensen, who’ll oversee the series alongside former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara. Meanwhile, veteran screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, Solo: A Star Wars Story’s Ron Howard and Imagine Entertainment founder Brian Grazer are set to executive produce.

The outlet goes on to say that “while
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Dark Tower Blu-ray, DVD Release Date and Details Announced

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Dark Tower Blu-ray, DVD Release Date and Details Announced
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,
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The Dark Tower Coming to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on October 31st from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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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
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You’ll Float Too: Ranking Stephen King’s Film And TV Adaptations

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.

This dichotomy is perfectly illustrated by 2017’s movie release slate. On August 18th, The Dark Tower arrived. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, and written by Arcel,
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‘The Dark Tower’ Review

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
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The Dark Tower Film Review! Does It Live Up To The Hype?

(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
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‘Dark Tower’ Shoots to $1.8 Million at Thursday Box Office

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‘Dark Tower’ Shoots to $1.8 Million at Thursday Box Office
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.
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The Dark Tower TV Series still on track despite poor reviews for the film adaptation

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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.

Roland (Idris Elba) in Columbia PicturesThe Dark Tower.

It is said that Elba will be playing a part in the series,
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The Dark Tower – Review

Roland (Idris Elba) in Columbia PicturesThe Dark Tower. Courtesy of Sony Pictures (c)

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
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Film Review: Good vs. Evil Brightly Entertaining in ‘The Dark Tower’

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.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

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
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The Dark Tower TV Series Lines Up Glen Mazzara as Showrunner

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).

An "origin story" of sorts, The Dark Tower TV series is expected to include Idris Elba as Roland The Gunslinger, Dennis Haysberg as Roland's father,
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'The Dark Tower' Review: Blockbuster Take on Stephen King's Epic Is Major Misfire

'The Dark Tower' Review: Blockbuster Take on Stephen King's Epic Is Major Misfire
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
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‘The Dark Tower’ Review: Entertaining Fantasy Pulp Destined to Be Forgotten

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
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‘The Dark Tower’ Review: Stephen King’s Magnum Opus Is Now a Disaster of a Film

‘The Dark Tower’ Review: Stephen King’s Magnum Opus Is Now a Disaster of a Film
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.

That’s only part of the reason why the books have mostly been considered “unadaptable,” though plenty of filmmakers — from J.J. Abrams to Ron Howard — have tried. Now the movie’s finally been made,
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The Dark Tower Soundtrack From Composer Tom Holkenborg Available August 4

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.”

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
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'The Dark Tower': Everything You Need to Know About the Stephen King Fantasy Epic

'The Dark Tower': Everything You Need to Know About the Stephen King Fantasy Epic
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
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Watch three new ‘Dark Tower’ TV spots

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,
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