What!?! Yep, in a recent press release by Sony, they announced that the first installment of the Dark Tower franchise, “The Gunslinger“, will hit cinema’s on January 13 February 17, 2017.
What? When? Where? How?
At this time there is very little known about this; we don’t know who will play Roland, or any of the other characters. Originally Javier Bardem, and later Russell Crowe, were suggested to take on the role of the Gunslinger, and at one point Aaron Paul was in talks with Ron Howard for the role of Eddie Dean.
We do know that Ron Howard will no longer direct the movie as Sony and MRC recently closed a deal with Nikolaj Arcel (Oscar-nominee for A Royal Affair, and co-writer of the Swedish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) to direct at least the first installment of the franchise. It’s still believed that there will be three movies plus a TV series.
We also know that Danish filmmaker Anders Thomas Jensen has joined Arcel to rewrite the script that Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner had been working on.
Production will be done by Weed Road (Akiva Goldsman) and Imagine Entertainment (Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Erica Huggins). Jeff Pinkner will be executive producer, and apparently Stephen King will also be on the producer credits.
And that’s about as much as we know.
They have 18 months to film and edit the movie, but considering how few special effects or exotic locations will be needed to tell the story of the first book, that should be more than enough time.
This is not the first time we’ve been given a release date and considering how few details we actually have, I’m not going to get overly excited until we know they are on set and the camera’s are rolling.
What do you think? Is this the real deal?
UPDATE: Sony have pushed the release date back by a month to February 17, 2017.