For decades faithful readers of Stephen King waited on baited breath for his greatest work, his magnum opus, to come to life. After many start and stutter attempts, ‘The Dark Tower’ found a home at a production house and King himself endorsed the script changes. ‘The Dark Tower’ is due to hit theaters in August and the film will star a pair of Hollywood’s biggest male actors: Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba as the Man in Black and Roland respectively. With promotions ramping up for the new film it is important to look at why this is King’s greatest work.
Stephen King first began writing ‘The Dark Tower’ series when he was a fresh faced author. The initial book in the 7-book series, ‘The Gunslinger’, hit shelves in 1982. The final book in the series, ‘The Dark Tower’, didn’t hit shelves until 2004. Over that 20+ year timespan King saw his life change in a number of different ways. He became a horror icon, saw some of his stories turned into Hollywood history (‘The Green Mile’, ‘Shawshank Redemption’, ‘The Shining), and he nearly died in a tragic car accident. Through it all King never gave up on finishing the great journey that our favorite gunslinger, Roland Deschain, had embarked upon so long ago.
‘The Dark Tower’ is a massive, sprawling story that has been compared to ‘Lord of the Rings’ — if Mr. Tolkien had a mind for horror and the willingness to put it all on the page. ‘The Dark Tower’ is a story of passion, dedication, and determination. It is told through iconic characters and landscapes that emulate the best of Western fiction, Sci Fi, and horror. King’s journey writing ‘The Dark Tower’ may have finished, but there is hope that the film starts another cycle of adventure.