I do not kill with my gun…I kill with my heart.” ― Stephen King, The Gunslinger
One of the year’s most ambitious adaptations, Sony’s “The Dark Tower” finally got a trailer. Expectations are high on this one: the first of the eight-book saga from which the movie is based on began in 1983 with The Gunslinger, nearly a 35-year wait for fans. From what we have seen so far, its all worth it.
The overarching ideas of the books are there on the trailer, while also keeping some of King’s trademark elements; the discovery of another dimension, the lone gunslinger in a quest to reach the tower, and the vicious sorcerer aka The Man in Black on the chase. And similar to the trailer for King’s other big adaption this year, ‘It’, we find a boy lead us again into a world of mystery and epic journey.
The trailer look busy and broad; as one should expect there is no way to condense King’s series of novels on a 3-minute trailer so fans should keep their expectations in check. It does help to be aware that the movie is not a faithful adaptation but another take on the stories which King crafted over the years.
“The Dark Tower” stars Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey and Tom Taylor, as Roland Deschain/Gunslinger, Walter/The Man in Black, and Jake Chambers respectively. Directed and co-written by Nikolaj Arcel, the movie also stars Abbey Lee, Katheryn Winnick, Fran Kranz, Claudia Kim and Jackie Earle Haley. The movie is coming to theaters on August 4, 2017.