Stephen King Says ‘The Dark Tower’ Movie Might Diverge From Books

Fans are finally getting a long-awaited film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower book series, but it might not be exactly what they imagined.King and the movie’s director/co-writer Nikolaj Arcel visited Sirius XM’s Behind the Scenes with Anthony Breznican to discuss the film, with the author noting that there will be some changes to his popular story. As Breznican pointed out, the film isn’t a straight-up adaptation of The Gunslinger, the 1982 book that kicked off King’s Dark Tower series. However, it will feature The Gunslinger‘s iconic opening line. As King said:

“I expect that the movie will start where the books start. Y’know, “The man in black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed.” I think that nails it right in place for people. … I’ve been pretty insistent on that, and I think everyone’s onboard with it.”

From there, the film will go in a different direction. While neither King nor Arcel would confirm which books the film will adapt, the author had this to say:

“It starts sort of in medias res, in the middle of the story instead of at the beginning, which may upset some of the fans a little bit. But they will get behind it, because it is the story.”


So, while it might not be an exact adaptation of King’s book, it will certainly stay true to the epic story. Thankfully, the movie is anchored by two solid leads in the form of Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Elba stars as protagonist Roland Deschain, a.k.a The Gunslinger, with McConaughey as the sinister Man in Black. While little is known about the movie’s plot, it’s likely to feature the two as they battle during their journey toward the titular Dark Tower, the nexus point of space and time in their fantastical home of Mid-World.
The Dark Tower is currently slated for release on February 17, 2017. Are you a fan of The Dark Tower? What book in the series do you think should get adapted to the big screen? Let us know in the comments.