Rolling Stone recently caught up with iconic horror author Stephen King to discuss the long awaited feature film adaptation of his Dark Tower saga. The author seemed to suggest that the project is likely going to be moving forward at long last. “It looks to me like it’s more likely than not it’ll happen at this point,” Said King. “Let’s put it that way.”
And when the conversation turned to casting, King essentially confirmed the latest round of rumors. “I think that it’s more likely than not that Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey will be in it,” Offered King. “But I can’t say with any certainty. I know that they’re trying to make deals with these actors [and] with Sony, and that’s the extent of my knowledge.”
According to what we have heard previously, Idris Elba is in consideration for the role of Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey is up for the role of The Man in Black.
Ron Howard was attached to direct the first installment at one point but last we checked, Nikolaj Arcel (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 2009) was set to take over directorial duties. That announcement was made last summer, so it is unclear if Arcel is still set to helm. But no replacement has been named at this juncture.
Past reports have alluded to a film series based on the property that would also include a TV mini series that would run in between feature film installments. However, King did not comment on the current strategy for adapting the Dark Tower saga. Stay tuned to the site in the coming months for more on this as it is announced!