Tonight at CinemaCon, Sony Pictures revealed the first footage from the upcoming film adaptation of the Stephen King series The Dark Tower.
Unfortunately, the footage featured unfinished VFX shots making it unlikely this version will be released to the public, however, The Hollywood Reporter has shared a detailed description of the first footage which will have to be enough to hold fans off for now. You can read it below:
The footage opens with a look at a door frame standing free in the middle of a baron landscape. It then it cuts to Roland in the desert as the famous opening line to King’s The Gunslinger, the first volume in the series, is displayed on screen: “The man in Black fled across the Desert, and the Gunslinger followed.”
The footage gives a strong idea of just what The Man in Black is capable of, and it’s scarily creepy. Roland and the Man in Black then square off, with Roland telling the villain, “I do not kill with my gun, I kill with my heart.” He fires at The Man in Black, who catches the bullet from behind his back.
The footage then cuts to the young boy Jake, who lives in New York but has dreams of Roland and a Dark Tower that must stay standing or else billions will die. Jake’s therapist tried to tell him it’s a dream, but Jake doesn’t believe it. Soon, he is shown exploring an abandoned building, where he discovers a portal that takes him to Roland’s world.
Soon, he presents Roland with one of the drawings the boy made of him from his dreams, and Roland explains that as long as the Man in Black is out there, the Tower will fall and Hell will follow.
There are slow-mo shots, including a big fight between the Gunslinger and the Man in Black, as well as an extended look at Roland’s prowess with his guns: when Jake is kidnapped, Roland shoots the man who did it from hundreds of yards away, simply by listening to where the bad guy is.
So what do you think? Sounds pretty cool right? Are you excited for The Dark Tower? Let us know in the comments below.
The film stars Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Katheryn Winnick, Jackie Earle Haley, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Michael Barbieri and Claudia Kim.
The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum. It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.
The Dark Tower hits theaters July 27, 2018.