the dark tower

Before Marvel Studios made “It’s all connected” a cinematic thing, Stephen King spent decades tying the bulk of his work together one way or another through ‘The Dark Tower‘ and the trailer which dropped this morning contains 2 Easter Eggs from his other works. While some fans of the novels might hope that means we’ll also be getting a cinematic King universe here, that is unlikely the case as both of the works referenced aren’t about to show up connected to this film for reasons I’ll get into below. For the time being, that kind of thought will likely only be filled by Hulu’s and J.J. Abram’s ‘Castle Rock‘ which will tie together much of King’s work on the small screen.

So what are the two Easter Eggs?


The first of the two is a name drop of a particular clown that we all know and love as Jake Chambers stands in front of the ruins of Pennywise which is clearly a reference to ‘It’ with clowns in front and all. While a new version of ‘It’ does open one month after ‘The Dark Tower’ it is coming from Warner Brothers while this one is from Sony so I wouldn’t put any money on the two having a connection past what we see here.

Secondly is another blink and you miss it moment which we’ve got a shot of right here:


Fans will recognize this as The Overlook Hotel where ‘The Shining’ took place. Specifically, he used the shot from The Timberline Lodge which Stanley Kubrick used in his version of the film and not the Colorado Hotel which was King’s actual inspiration for the story.

Another subtle nod to King’s work.

Some have mentioned an All Hail The Crimson King message which The Man in Black walks by, but fans of the novel know that this is an important part of the story and not a reference to something else at all.

Did you catch any other instances of Easter Eggs in what we’ve seen so far? Share your thoughts below!


Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) 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 (Idris Elba), 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 (Matthew McConaughey) hot on their trail, the unlikely duo find that their quest may be difficult to complete.

‘The Dark Tower’ will open its doors on August 4th, 2017.

Source: Cinema Blend

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Stuart Conover is an author, blogger, and all around geek. When not busy being a father and husband he tries to spend as much time as possible immersed in comic books, science fiction, and horror! Would you like to know more? Follow him on Twitter!