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Stephen King and the cast talk about The Dark Tower in new featurette

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Lots of new footage to see in this new featurette for The Dark Tower. I do like the way it looks, but the fact the film has a runtime of 95 minutes does make me wonder whether it is going to work. For such a long running series of books, I would have thought it would have been over two hours. There is lots of world building needed for those who haven’t read any of the books. Hopefully, it will all work out okay.

Director Nikolaj Arcel addressed the matter in a Reddit AMA.

This film really serves as an introduction to the saga and I’ve always felt that we should not try to cram every single part of the massive mythology, including all the great characters and storylines, into one film. Obviously, the story is supposed to continue in future films and the TV series. Hopefully, at the end of it all there won’t be a single thing from the novels that we haven’t touched upon in some way.

The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is travelling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum. It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.

The adaptation or sequel to the Stephen King novels stars Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Abbey Lee, Fran Kranz, Jackie Earle Haley, Katheryn Winnick and Claudia KiimNikolaj Arcel directs.

The Dark Tower is due out this August.

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