With news that Stephen King‘s ‘The Dark Tower‘ was back on the slate to be produced, it now seems as if Nikolaj Arcel is going to be sitting in the director’s chair for at least the first film. While you might be familiar with Arcel’s name, it is more than likely from his work in writing on films such as ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ than his directing work such as ‘A Royal Affair.’ The deal that is being offered to him will have him both re-write and direct the film and while I have no problems with his handling of the screenplay, I will admit to wondering how he’ll handle directing the movie.
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Media Rights Capital are co-financing the film with Sony set to distribute. Currently a complimentary television series to tie the films together is still on the table. Weed Road’s Akiva Goldsman and Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Erica Huggins, and Stephen King are all still set to produce the film.
With King’s novel spanning decades from start to finish, it is only fitting that it still seems we’ll be getting both multiple movies and a television series to tell the tale in its entirety. In it, we’ll be following Roland as he tries to track down The Man In Black who has destroyed his world and seek vengeance for those who have lost their lives. Obviously, that is only scratching the surface of what is to come.
When the announcement was made that Sony Pictures was taking over the film, King had previously stated that “I’m excited that The Dark Tower is finally going to appear on the screen. Those who have traveled with Roland and his friends in their search for the Dark Tower are going to have their long-held hopes fully realized. This is a brilliant and creative approach to my books.” It seems that his hopes are getting one step closer to being seen with this one and I couldn’t be more excited.
Are you happy to hear that ‘The Dark Tower’ has possibly found someone to helm the film or would you rather a more seasoned director be tackling it? Share your thoughts below!