CinemaCon 2017: First Footage Shown of Anticipated Stephen King’s The Dark Tower

– by Gig Patta

It was once thought to be an impossible series adaptation to make on to the big screen.

With The Dark Tower footage screening at CinemaCon 2017, this impossible dream has now stepped into reality.

Idris Elba introduced via satellite video the first footage look of the The Dark Tower during the Sony Pictures presentation. And the battle between The Gunslinger and The Man in Black looks very impressive.



The footage starts off with the young boy Jake, who has dreams of a far away world with a gunslinger pursuing the man in black to save a dark tower. His visions leads him to an abandoned house, in which he discovers a portal into another world with a desert landscape.

On the shown footage, the opening line in the novel is displayed as “The Man in Black fled across the Desert, and the Gunslinger followed.

Matthew McConaughey’s The Man in Black has certain telekinesis powers who can lift objects and hurls it at The Gunslinger. In one scene, The Gunslinger shoots at the back of the head of The Man in Black. He simply lifts his hand to catch the bullet in mid-air without even turning around.

Equally impressive, The Gunslinger has excellent marksmanship and can reload a revolver with great ease including tossing bullets into mid-air and landing into the chamber of his revolver. His accuracy is put to the test as he shot a single bullet through many obstacles to strike a kidnapper in the head as he is taking away Jake. The Gunslinger shot the bullet without even looking at the target—only relying on his hearing. Now that’s some shooting.

The Dark Tower is directed by Nikolaj Arcel and plans to open on July 28.

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