The road to bringing the amazing book series to life on the big screen has been almost as long and arduous as the road our heroes faced in The Dark Tower books. Somehow, though, it’s finally happening, but it’s not the straight up adaptation so many filmmakers tried to make it. The idea was to try and adapt the full seven book series over a handful of films and connecting television series, and while that’s still a possibility and plan, the filmmakers/studio are trying to make the best film they can right now.
The Dark Tower we’ll see on the big screen next year won’t directly adapt any of the books, but will bring in elements from all of them, minus a couple big characters (though if a sequel happens the filmmakers say they’ll be included). The next little bit will be a spoiler for those who haven’t read the books, so if you want to go in completely fresh, turn away…
Okay, still here? During their in depth converstaion about The Dark Tower, Entertainment Weekly can confirm one plot theory fans had been speculating on for a while: the film is something of a sequel to the books. A little while back, Stephen King (who’s working closely with the filmmakers and tweaked the script) posted a picture on his Twitter showing a prop from the film; the Horn of Eld. Fans of the series were instantly intrigued.
The final book shows Roland enter the Dark Tower itself, only to learn that he must relive the events of the series, starting back where we met him in the first novel until he manages to get it right. His memory is wiped and it’s implied that he’s been doing this over and over and over again. When he starts over this time however in the final pages, he starts off with an object he didn’t have before: the Horn of Eld. The idea here being that perhaps in gaining the Horn, he’s reached a point where he can end the cycle and finally be done.
As such, King’s tweet caused a flurry of rumors, which have now been confirmed. This movie will serve as a follow-up to the books, showing fans of the series what comes next now that Roland has the horn! As someone who’s devoted a ridiculous amount of time examining these books and loving every minute. I’ve read all the books connected to it (several in King’s body of work have some sort of connection) and the idea of seeing what happens next is incredibly exciting.
Based on these official images that have come with all of EW’s reports, we are in for a treat. More images are coming tomorrow as well (which we’ll happily share with you all), but if you’re eager for more, I strongly encourage you to check out the full reports over on EW. As a fan of Dark Tower, I couldn’t be happier right now.
The Dark Tower is still scheduled to hit theaters on February 17, 2017.