It’s recently been learned that Sony’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series is not a standard adaptation, confirming an important fan theory about the movie. (Spoilers ahead for those who haven’t finished the books!)
Director Nikolaj Arcel has officially revealed that his take on The Dark Tower isn’t an just adaptation of the novels, it’s also a sequel. In an interview with IGN, Arcel dropped this bombshell:
“It is, in fact, a continuation. It is actually a canon continuation. That’s exactly what we intended and what Stephen King signed off on. What really got me excited was when he tweeted ‘last time around’. It was just so cool.”
The tweet that Arcel was referring to can be seen below:
The Dark Tower is close, now. The Crimson King awaits. Soon Roland will raise the Horn of Eld. And blow. pic.twitter.com/rqGSKM3dWL
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) May 19, 2016
How does this story serve as being both an adaptation of the books and a sequel in its own right? That boils down to the twist ending of the final book in the series. After killing the central antagonist – the Crimson King – protagonist Roland Deschain finally arrives at the Dark Tower, only to discover that he’s been there before. Deschain realizes that he’s been on this quest multiple times, and that the only way for him to protect existence is to continue to loop through another cycle of his quest after losing his memory. However, the series ends with a major change to this loop – Deschain possesses the Horn of Eld, something he didn’t have in the previous iteration of his quest, which serves as a sign that he is closer to atoning for his troubled past.
On paper, this is a pretty clever way of telling a new story while bringing some of the more memorable story elements of the book to live-action, but it remains to be seen if The Dark Tower can live up to the promise presented by Stephen King’s beloved series of novels.
The Dark Tower will loom over theaters on August 4, 2017. Its cast includes Idris Elba as Roland “The Gunslinger” Deschain, Matthew McConaughey as Walter “The Man In Black” Padick, Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers, Katheryn Winnick as Laurie Chambers, Jackie Earle Haley as Sayre, Fran Kranz as Pimli, Abbey Lee Kershaw as Tirana, Michael Barbieri as Timmy, Claudia Kim as Arra Champignon, José Zúñiga as Dr. Hotchkiss, Alex McGregor as Susan Delgado, Nicholas Hamilton as Lucas Hanson, and De-Wet Nagel as Taheen Tech.