Do you guys have any idea just how long the film (or television) adaptation of The Dark Tower has been gestating? I mean, this baby’s been in the works for so many years that around this time of year in 2011, Steven was already lamenting the lack of movement. Talk about needing to be induced…it was first conceived in early 2007, is on its third film studio, and the Gunslinger aka Roland Deschain was already lined up and dropped twice (Russell Crowe and Javier Bardem). Apparently Stephen King and producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer never say never — or die.
Sometimes those stuck-in-development projects can have amazing results though; Mad Max: Fury Road sat around a good fourteen years (longer, if you’re talking conception), and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t think it was worth the wait. So, let’s try to focus on the good: Sony Pictures has found their director — and he’s a good one.
Danish writer/director and Academy Award nominee, Nikolaj Arcel (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo [Swedish version], A Royal Affair [starring Mads Mikkelsen and Ex Machina’s Alicia Vikander]) is reportedly in talks to “oversee” a script rewrite and direct the Dark Tower series. Arcel is said to be a huge fan of the series, having “taught himself to speak and read English in order to consume Stephen King’s books in the writer’s native tongue.” Okay, that’s pretty damned cool. Having seen both versions of Dragon Tattoo, I greatly preferred Arcel’s take with Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist; I’m finally feeling a little excitement about this project.
they we need is to find ourselves a good lead…
Here’s my thought: