After many years of false starts, we learned just a couple months back that a big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is back on the table, and now it seems that a director has been selected. Could this finally be the last time we report such news? Read on for the latest!
Deadline is reporting today that Nikolaj Arcel is the choice to direct The Dark Tower, based on the Stephen King novel series set in a world woven with magic and revolving around the gunslinger Roland Deschain. Arcel previously wrote 2009’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and directed 2012’s A Royal Affair.
According to the site, talks will begin shortly for Arcel to not only direct the film but also rewrite the screenplay. The script is said to be primarily based on the first book in the series, The Gunslinger, establishing the relationship between Roland and young protege Jake Chambers.
The latest draft of the script is co-written by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner, re-conceived by them from an earlier version. Goldsman is producing the film through his Weed Road with Imagine Entertainment’s Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Erica Huggins; and King is also apparently on board in a producing capacity. Jeff Pinkner will be executive producer.
Sony will distribute what is planned to be the first in a series of movies. A complementary TV series is also being developed by MRC.