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More Evidence that Dark Tower Film is Not a Straight Adaptation of the Books

The Dark Tower: Idris Elba as Roland and Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black

It’s beginning to appear more certainly that the film adaptation of Stephen King‘s Dark Tower saga is not an actual adaptation, as previously speculated.

It looks like the film, starring Idris Elba as Roland and Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black, will begin at the end of King’s stories and start a new quest for the hero. The movie will draw on elements of King’s eight novels.

“The ending of the novels figures prominently in the beginning of this movie,” Entertainment Weekly reports. “Without spoiling very much, Roland has the Horn of Eld in his possession in the film, which is a signal that his journey is starting anew — and each turn of the wheel of Ka, or fate, rolls him to a new place even as it returns to the same position.”

So, what parts of the Dark Tower books will actually be in the film? EW’s special coverage has a look at different elements of the novels that are likely to make their way to the big screen. Read more at the link below.

BOOK I: The Gunslinger – (1982)

This book sets up Roland’s quest for vengeance against the Man in Black and establishes his bond with a mysterious boy, known as Jake. The basic structure of the story serves as the backbone for the new film.

BOOK II: The Drawing of the Three ­ (1987)

Notions of parallel realities stacked atop one another and “ka-tet” (a family found through destiny) originated here. Most of the other key elements of this book will probably be saved for another film, since the characters Eddie and Susannah, who are drawn from our world into Roland’s apocalyptic Mid-World, are being saved for a future movie.

BOOK III: The Waste Lands ­(1991)

The movie features one of this book’s most memorable set-pieces – Dutch Hill, a decrepit Brooklyn mansion that literally comes alive to protect a portal to Mid-World. Both film and novel also include a lot of Jake’s life in New York, with Vikings actress Katheryn Winnick playing the boy’s mother, who fears the visions her son is having about a gunslinger, a Man in Black, and an ethereal Tower are signs of a psychological breakdown.

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The Dark Tower is set to be released on February 17, 2017.SuperFable