Yesterday, while over on the Comic Book Movie website, I came across an interesting article regarding the release of some Dark Tower concept artwork by illustrator Gregory Hill (who previously worked on “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″).
Hill was working with Ron Howard for several months during the Universal phase before the project was shut down, and he recently updated his portfolio with eight pieces of concept art along with a couple of fly-through videos of a computer generated Tull.
I was hired as head illustrator for the New York art department for the feature film THE DARK TOWER/THE GUNSLINGER. It was one of the most interesting jobs I’ve had and looked to be a great film… then Universal shut us down. Oh well…. — Gregory Hill
Here’s my favorite image from the collection; The images include; Devar Toi, Tull (#1), The Dogan, The Manni Village, A Harrier Near The Speaking Ring, The Thinny (shown above), Tull (#2), and The Speaking Ring. All the images can be viewed on Hill’s portfolio.
UPDATE: Gregory has now made that part of his portfolio private. Perhaps Ron Howard or Universal asked him to make that change, but that’s just speculation. In the comments section below, LMM has instructions on how to view the images via the Google caching system.
UPDATE #2: Greg left a comment letting us know that he’s made his DT gallery public again. Hopefully it will stay that way! I’ve also updated the above link, so you can now just click on that to view the images.
There’s also two videos featuring a look at the town of Tull. Both are basically the same, though the second one travels through the town a little more slowly, and shows the town from a higher vantage point at the start.
In truth, I have mixed feelings about this artwork (Devar Toi is certainly not the image I have in my head!), but then we shouldn’t forget that this is just concept art, and as with all work of this type, it doesn’t mean it would have been chosen for the basis of the actual movies.
Now that these images are out on the web, perhaps Ron Howard will step up and comment on them; maybe even drop a few hints on the current status of the movies. We can but hope!