Matthew McConaughey has been reached out to in order to play either the role of Roland Deschain and the villainous Randall Flagg with Matthew interested in the darker role in the adaptation of Stephen King’s series The Dark Tower.
Stephen King is definitely the king of writing fiction that incorporates both fantasy and thrill. With many of his books being adapted for TV and the silver screen, the latest project being eyed to be adapted into a movie trilogy is The Dark Tower.
The Dark Tower is based on Stephen King's series of seven novels, which follows Roland Deschain, a.k.a. The Gunslinger. He sets off on a journey to find The Dark Tower, which is rumoured to be a portal to other worlds.
The movie adaptation will be based on the author's first novel in this series, The Gunslinger, which is centred on Roland's relationship with a young boy named Jake, who is from a different time and place. Randall Flagg is the primary villain in the novels, who tries to stop Roland from reaching The Dark Tower.
The project has been Imagine Entertainment’s baby for many years. Back in 2011, the project was set up at Universal Pictures. The studio ended up dropping the ambitious project just a few months later. The plan was to make a trilogy of movies, with two limited-run TV series set to air on NBC in between the films.
Warner Bros. was then eyeing the project, but they eventually passed, and the project appeared to be dead. Sony Pictures picked up the rights back in April. Sony will now be teaming with Media Rights Capital to co-finance the movies, with a "complimentary" TV series also being planned.
Nikolaj Arcel has been confirmed as the director on the project, according to The Wrap. The movie will be adapted in to a screenplay by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. Ron Howard, who was initially set to direct The Dark Tower, is now producing alongside Akiva Goldsman, Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins.
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The project is now eyeing Matthew McConaughey for the roles of either Roland Deschain or Randall Flagg. Both sides have not confirmed anything but have admitted that conversations have taken place. Reportedly, Matthew is leaning towards exploring his darker side. Matthew’s most recent release is The Free State of Jones, which hits theatres on May 13, 2016.