– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Trailer Track is reporting that the trailer for the much anticipated movie, The Dark Tower, based on the legendary series of books written by Stephen King, is expected to hit within the next week. Set to arrive theaters in August, it stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black.

As a long time Stephen King fan, this movie adaption has me a bit on edge. Of all his work, this series will go down as his most admired, the closest an American author has come to capturing the spirit of The Lord of the Rings. With that, the fear that the filmmakers would find a way to screw up the work has been the major concern in most fans minds.

The filmmakers seem to know they have a tough challenge ahead of them and have made the smart decision to make the movie a sequel to the book series. When you have a series of books that has so much material to cover, you’re simply not going to capture everything in a two hour movie. You either have to find a way to adapt the material that will not make the hardcore fans upset, which is quite hard to do, you also have to find a way to entice the casual fan to give the movie a chance. If the casual fan comes into this thinking they need to take a doctorate course in the history of the series before they see the movie, they will most likely avoid seeing the film.

Adapting a series like The Dark Tower is a tough task for any filmmaker, something that I don’t envy. Other movies series have found ways to successfully adapt book series, such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Harry Potter series. The Dark Tower, in terms of the sheer volume of material that can be used, has many ways the filmmakers can find themselves down a rabbit hole of awfulness that they won’t find a way to get out of. Which will be a shame because The Dark Tower series, being Stephen King’s best work, deserves a faithful adaption that will bring new fans to the series.

So what do you think? Are you excited for The Dark Tower? Does anything about the movie make you scared they won’t find a way to faithfully adapt the book series? Do you like the casting for the film? Sound off in the comments section below.

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SOURCE: Trailer Track

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.