THE DARK TOWER is happening, and it’s going to feature Idris Elba as the gunslinger Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black. The two actors have tweeted about their involvement with the film, but writer Stephen King had plenty to say about the fantasy coming to the big screen. Stephen King recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly and had this to say.
Stephen King on The Dark Tower:
“The thing is, it’s been a looong trip from the books to the film. When you think about it, I started these stories as a senior in college, sitting in a little shitty cabin beside the river in Maine, and finally this thing is actually in pre-production now. I’m delighted, and I’m a little bit surprised. [The movie] starts in media res, in the middle of the story instead of at the beginning, which may upset some of the fans a little bit, but they’ll get behind it, because it is the story.”
His thoughts on Idris Elba playing The Gunslinger:
“I love it. I think he’s a terrific actor, one of the best working in the business now. For me the character is still the character. I [initially] visualized [Clint] Eastwood as Roland. I loved the Spaghetti Westerns and all those widescreen close-ups of his face, especially the ones where he’d been left out in the desert and was all covered with blisters and sunburn. I thought, ‘That’s my Roland.’ As the years went by, [the character] became a more particular individual in my own mind. He wasn’t Eastwood anymore. He was just…Roland. It’s almost a Sergio Leone character, like ‘the man with no name.’ He can be white or black, it makes no difference to me. I think it opens all kind of exciting possibilities for the backstory.”
His thoughts on Matthew McConaughey playing The Man In Black:
“I never really thought of him, but [in the movie] he becomes a character who isn’t just a mirage that Roland is chasing. The way things are set up, he’s right there. Other people have tried fantasy spectacle. Sometimes it works, sometimes it works really well when it’s based on a series of books, like The Hunger Games or Harry Potter, and sometimes it doesn’t. What I have to go back to is this: We have Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, two great actors. You’ve got a great production team and Akiva Goldsman as the primary script writer. The team is in place, so we’ll hope for the best.”
Production starts in 7 weeks and they’re eyeing for a January 2017 release date. Thoughts? I know there’s some out there who’ll be upset about Idris Elba playing The Gunslinger due to the racial tension in the books. How will the story change? Idris Elba is an incredible actor so it’ll be interesting to see how the story will emerge. I myself haven’t read the books, so this doesn’t bother me at all. It’s not like Hollywood hasn’t changed the race of many many roles in movies over the years…..am I right Hollywood?