Fans of “The Dark Tower” have endured a long, tumultuous wait the the ambitious adaptation of Stephen King’s fantasy epic, which has experienced setback after setback since it was officially announced in 2010. After moving from Universal Pictures to Warner Bros. and, ultimately, Sony Pictures, the film — the first planned trilogy — finally moved into production last year with Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as Walter Padick and Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers.
Everything at last appeared to be on track for a planned February 2017 release date, until that slipped to summer and then, just last month, to August. Although we’ve seen a trickle of photos, interviews and posters, there’s been no trailer, perhaps the surest sign “The Dark Tower” is still on course to arrive on time. But that may be about to change.
Trailer Track notes the trailer as been rated in Canada by Consumer Protection BC, a good indication that the footage will be seen soon in North America theaters, possibly even attached to Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which opens May 5.
Jake Chambers is a young 11-year-old adventure seeker who discovers clues about another dimension called Mid-World. Upon following the mystery, he is spirited away to Mid-World where he encounters the lone frontiersman knight Roland Deschain, who is on a quest to reach the ‘Dark Tower’ that resides in End-World and reach the nexus point between time and space that he hopes will save Mid-World from extinction. But with various monsters and a vicious sorcerer named Walter Padick hot on their trail, the unlikely duo find that their quest may be difficult to complete.
Directed by Nikolaj Arcel from a script by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner, “The Dark Tower” isn’t a direct adaptation of King’s 1982 novel “The Gunslinger,” but instead “starts in media res, in the middle of the story instead of at the beginning.” It’s even been characterized as a sequel to King’s sprawling saga.
Opening Aug. 4, “The Dark Tower” also stars Abbey Lee, Katheryn Winnick, Fran Kranz, Claudia Kim and Jackie Earle Haley.