Geeks rejoice, The Dark Tower opens in cinemas this month but if you’ve never heard of this franchise then here are 5 things you didn’t know about The Dark Tower.
It’s not a direct adaptation
Stephen King told the story of The Dark Tower over eight novels, while Marvel Comics has since released a number of titles which have either adapted certain moments from the books or ones which were simply mentioned in passing.
It takes place in a multiverse
The whole idea of The Dark Tower is that, of a sprawling multiverse, there is a whole slew of alternate universes, worlds packed upon worlds packed upon worlds. The central character, Roland The Gunslinger, the last member of a destroyed civilization, is journeying through them trying to find The Dark Tower.
Stephen King is involved in this movie
Stephen King has understandably not been a fan of many of the big screen adaptations of his novels, but director/co-writer Nikolaj Arcel and co-writer Akiva Goldsman worked closely with him while putting this movie together, and King even made a few revisions to the script.
Stephen King is in the book too
It’s impossible to separate The Dark Tower from Stephen King. The work has affected the author and the author the work. That is, of course, true of any writer and the things he writes, but King went so far as to eventually write himself into The Dark Tower universe and to make the accident that nearly killed him a central plot point.
It’s been going on for 30 years
Stephen King has been telling the story of The Dark Tower for 38 years and that’s if you’re being conservative. That was when the first chapter of The Gunslinger was published in The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction‘s October 1978 issue. Four more segments were published, then bundled together and released as The Gunslinger in 1982.
The Dark Tower opens in cinemas 3 Aug 2017
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