|Directed by||:||Nikolaj Arcel|
|Produced by||:||Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard, Erica Huggins|
|Based on||:||The Dark Tower by Stephen King|
|Starring||:||Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Claudia Kim, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee, Jackie Earle Haley|
|Production Company||:||MRC, Imagine Entertainment, Weed Road|
The Dark Tower is a 2017 American science fiction western film directed and co-written by Nikolaj Arcel. A continuation of Stephen King’s novel series of the same name, the film stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, a gunslinger on a quest to protect the Dark Tower – a mythical structure which supports all realities – and Matthew McConaughey as his nemesis, Walter o’Dim, the “Man in Black”.
Intended to launch a film and television franchise, the first installment combines elements from several novels in the eight-volume series, taking place in both modern-day New York City and in Mid-World, Roland’s Old West-style parallel universe. Arcel has said that fans will know the film is a sequel to the books’ events. The film premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on July 31, 2017 and was released in the United States on August 4, 2017 by Columbia Pictures. The Dark Tower received negative reviews from critics, who criticized the “incomprehensible” plot, as well as the adaptation’s unfaithfulness and over-simplicity when compared to the books.