Sony has released the first trailer for “The Dark Tower,” the highly anticipated screen adaptation of Stephen King’s eight-book series of the same name.
The sneak peek features a lot of gunplay and shout-outs to other King projects like the Overlook Hotel from “The Shining.”
The film, directed by Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel (“A Royal Affair”), stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, a.k.a. The Gunslinger, a roaming knight of the Old West who resides in a parallel dimension known as Mid-World.
He crosses paths with Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor), an 11-year-old New Yorker with wanderlust who accidentally crosses over into Mid-World. Together, the two go on a quest to save Mid-World from destruction, hoping to reach the titular Dark Tower and stop a dark sorcerer (Matthew McConaughey) from using it to control infinite worlds.
King is producing the film with Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman, who is also sharing writing credit with Arcel, Jeff Pinkner and Anders Thomas Jensen.
Sony chief Tom Rothman sees “The Dark Tower” as the start of a global franchise, saying in an earlier statement that “there are few projects out there that compare with the scope, vision, complex characters and fully drawn world that Stephen King has created.
This marks the first major piece of promotional material for the Sony blockbuster. The film was initially scheduled to open in February, then got pushed to July, and now will finally open August 4.