Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Spotlight On "Dark Tower: The Gunslinger"

Following the news of Warners passing on a feature adaptation of author Stephen King's "The Dark Tower",  Media Rights Capital (MRC), financiers of Seth MacFarlane's "Ted" and Matt Damon's upcoming "Elysium" are in negotiations to restart the project, with MRC executive Modi Wiczyk looking to be involved with a King film adaptation, that will resonate with fans like "Carrie" and "The Shining". 

...'Roland Deschain' is the last living member of a knightly order known as 'gunslingers'. His quest is to find the 'Dark Tower', a fabled building said to be the nexus of all universes..." 

King's "The Dark Tower" book series, adapted by Marvel Comics in 2010, incorporates themes from multiple genres, including fantasy, science fantasy, horror and western. It describes the quest of the 'Gunslinger' towards a tower, the nature of which is both physical and metaphorical.

Inspired by the poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" by author Robert Browning, whose full text was included in the final volume's appendix, King also credits "The Lord of the Rings", 'Arthurian' legends and director Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" as inspirations, with actor Clint Eastwood's "Man with No Name" character as one of the major influences for his protagonist, 'Roland Deschain'.

To date, more than 30 million copies of King's "The Dark Tower" book series have been sold in 40 countries.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Marvel's "The Dark Tower'...