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17 Through ’17: The Dark Tower

Here’s our list of 17 not to be missed movies to see starting next month and through the end to 2017.  Each day we will bring you the next on the list.  These are in chronological order of release date, not any specific ranking of hype or expectations.  We leave that up to the reader!

Let’s get started . . .

Note: All release dates are subject to change.

The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower

Opens:  February 17, 2017
Rated:  Pending
Director:  Nikolaj Arcel
Starring:  Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey

Beloved by Stephen King fans, The Dark Tower tells the story of the fallen land of Mid-World through the eyes of Roland Deschain, a frontiersman “knight” whose primary weapon is not a sword but a pair of revolvers. He’s on a quest to save his decaying world by reaching the tower that stands at the nexus point in time and space.  The potential problem: many Stephen King adaptations do not live up to expectations.  And the expectations here are very high.  I haven’t read a King book in over 20 years (Needful Things), I suppose I should at least crack the first volume of this series before the movie drops.

Surprising, and possibly alarming, is the fact that The Dark Tower is a mere three months from release and almost nothing is known about the production:  No rating, no synopsis, no poster, no screenshots, and no trailer . . . not even a teaser trailer.  Though there was a rough trailer leaked last month.  If you dig into the dark corners of the internet, you might find it.

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Here’s the official novel synopsis:

The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum. It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.

In Roland’s where and when, the world has already begun to move on. Time and direction are in drift, and the fabric of reality is fraying. However, things are about to get much worse. The six invisible magnetic Beams, which maintain the alignment of time, space, size, and dimension, are weakening. Because of this, the Tower itself is foundering. Unless Roland can find a way to save the Beams and stabilize the Tower, all of reality will blink out of existence.

Inspired in equal parts by Robert Browning’s poem, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” J.R.R.Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, and Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Western classics, The Dark Tower series is an epic of Arthurian proportions. It is Stephen King’s magnum opus, and is the center of his amazing creative universe.

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The Hype: King’s series of fantasy/horror novels have a rabid following.

The Caution:  The Dark Tower has been in development hell for almost a decade.  Never a good sign.  Like many of the films on this list, fan have very high expectations which are usually unmet purely because of the origin of the word “fan” from “fanatic.”  From what I understand this is a standalone movie, mashing up elements, stories, and characters from the eight book series, and will be supported by a 10-13 episode television series that will help fill in the gaps and provide backstory.  This could make for a confusing mess.

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