Stephen King's been around long enough to see the majority of his novels, from Carrie to The Mist and everything in between, be adapted for the big and small screens, but there's one project that still lingers in development after years of trying: The Dark Tower, King's massive eight-book saga about a gunslinger trying to save the nexus of all existence. For years, Ron Howard and Imagine Entertainment have been trying to get the project off the ground. It's bounced around different studios (it's currently at Sony), it's seen various takes on big- and small-screen adaptations, and it's garnered the interest of stars ranging from Javier Bardem to Russell Crowe.
At present, the project has a studio, but that's all that's really clear. Idris Elba, already a favorite for roles ranging from James Bond to The Doctor, has been rumored to play the gunslinger Roland Deschain, while Matthew McConaughey has been rumored to take on the role of the villainous Man in Black. Very little about the project is official at this point, but in a new interview while promoting his 11/22/63 Hulu miniseries, King revealed that he really thinks the story will eventually find its way to the screen.
"It looks to me like it's more likely than not it'll happen at this point," King told Rolling Stone. "Let's put it that way."
The legendary author did not elaborate beyond that, but in an age when every studio is searching for the next big franchise, it's not surprising to hear optimism on this front. As for the cast, well ... King's also optimistic there.
"I think that it's more likely than not that Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey will be in it," King says. "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."
Launching a Dark Tower film with McConaughey, still riding high from a career revival, and Elba -- who just won an unprecedented two individual Screen Actors Guild Awards in one night -- would be a coup for Sony, and would likely hook in plenty of fans. It's quite possible that King knows more than he's revealing, but his confidence aside, this one's been developing for so long that we'll believe it when we see it.
(Via Rolling Stone)