Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower” Finally Headed to Theaters

The eight-book series officially in pre-production starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey.

You might think every single book Stephen King has written has already made it to the big screen.  From Carrie to Firestarter to Cujo to Stand By Me to Thinner… the list goes on and on!

But there is one King book that Hollywood's been trying to make for years.  A series, actually.  And now, it seems, The Dark Tower will finally loom large on the big screen!

Idris Elba is confirmed to play "The Gunslinger" and Matthew McConaughey with star as the mystical foe known as "the Man in Black."  

It will be directed and co-written by Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel.  He’s reportedly in pre-production now and cameras are expected to roll in seven weeks with a release date of January 13, 2017.

Fans of The Dark Tower, a series which spans eight novels, are no doubt excited.  But no one is more excited, and relieved, to finally see it on the big screen than the author himself!

“The thing is, it’s been a looong trip from the books to the film,” King told EW.  “When you think about it, I started these stories as a senior in college, sitting in a little sh*tty 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,” said King.

The horror master also told EW that the movie will not start with the first book, The Gunslinger, published in 1982, but instead somewhere in the middle.

“[That] may upset some of the fans a little bit, but they’ll get behind it, because it is the story,” King told EW.

That may be the case.  However one thing is certain: the movie will begin with the first line from the first book: “The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed.”

“It should start that way,” King said. “I’ve been pretty insistent about that.”

Check out Matthew McConaughey's interview with Larry in this episode of Larry King Now!

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