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The Dark Tower starring Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey premieres in NY

The Dark Tower starring Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey premieres in NY

According to the outlet, Sony and MRC is still looking to attach a network or streaming service for the project. The TV take, envisioned as a straight-to-series project, is now in its early stages and tapping a showrunner is the key first step. It finds the last Gunslinger, a.k.a.Roland Deschain (Elba), waging a fight against Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black (McConaughey), to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. I could not be more excited to tell this story. "And oh yeah, we'll have billy-bumblers!" He's responsible for what is arguably the greatest season of The Walking Dead after taking over for Frank Darabont in season 3.

Various sources reportedly told the outlet that "the creative process - particularly in post-production - was plagued with problems and clashing visions". No news on that front, though. Elba conveys the conflicted weariness of his knightly sharpshooter and Taylor is spooky and sardonic in the right balance - both actors are slated to reprise their roles in the TV series - but McConaughey is back in slumming mode after a few years in which he actually roused himself to act. EW has confirmed that The Dark Tower adaptation will indeed consist of movies and a TV show that's set to premiere in 2018.

The Dark Tower will be released in theaters on August 4, 2017.

Instead of fleshing out backstory, mythos and true character development, the movie starts in second gear, asking the audience to fill in the blanks and not ask deeper questions. The film underutilizes the talented Idris Elba and utterly misuses Matthew McConaughy as the dueling leads, who both do their best with generally poor writing. Matthew McConaughey plays the villainous Man in Black. But after much shuffling, "The Dark Tower" has finally arrived via director Nikolaj Arcel, who penned the 2009 Swedish adaptation of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and helmed the 18th century Danish period drama "A Royal Affair". Glen Mazzara will serve as showrunner.

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Mick LaSalle is The San Francisco Chronicle's movie critic.

The Dark Tower isn't really a movie for people who've never read Stephen King's Dark Tower books. Goldsman, Ron Howard and Erica Huggins are producers. But for those who are content to hear Roland evoke the Gunslinger's creed on screen for the first time, or those who've always been just a little too intimidated by the series to dig into it (guilty as charged), the movie makes for an extremely accessible jumping-on point.

Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, the film also stars Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers, Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Tirana; Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) as Pimli, the right hand man of Randall Flagg; Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen); Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) and Claudia Kiim (Avengers: Age of Ultron). "And we are working on the television component". The potential TV series will revolve around a younger Roland and his group - with those roles now uncast.


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