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Getting Stephen King's fantasy epic series "The Dark Tower" to the big screen has been a long, slow process - for years Ron Howard was the driving force behind the project, with an ambitious plan that involved multiple theatrical movies and a few limited run HBO series (for the less cinematic portions of the books), that actually had a lot of fans pretty excited. Sadly, that particular adaptation fell apart, but from its ashes arose a new film, intended to launch a franchise (Howard is still a producer on the upcoming film) starring Idris Elba as Roland and Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black.

As details of the project slowly began to leak out, it was clear this was going to be a different (and more challenging) adaptation than most fans were prepared for: instead of directly adapting the story told in the books, the filmmakers used the core premise of the series to free themselves from the restrictions of a direct adaptation: the original Dark Tower series ends as it began, indicating that it was a "cycle" and the protagonist would essentially be starting over. However, his actions in the original story will have affected things this time around, allowing the filmmakers to remix elements of the books into a new story that holds over many of the setpieces and characters of the books.

There's a lot to love about this trailer - Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey seem exceptionally well-cast as Roland and Man in Black, the end speech from Roland is taken directly from the books and is a powerful button, and HOLY SHIT THEY ACTUALLY MADE A DARK TOWER FILM.

Also, a few nods to Stephen King's previous CINEMATIC work, a nice nod to the book's multiverse trappings, which include tons of characters and elements from other Stephen King novels (including the author himself):

The Overlook Hotel (from Kubrick's The Shining)

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Pennywise (from IT)

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Ennio Morricone's theme from the shootout in A Few Dollars More (from Clint Eastwood's Man With No Name series, a heavy heavy influence on the books and Roland in particular) is heard in the trailer as well, which is extremely appropriate:



But there are lots of elements that just seem...off. And the fans of the series have been VERY vocal about them:



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That being said, there are also plenty of people - both fans and non-fans alike - that feel the other fans are being like a lot of fans usually are when it comes to new, different adaptations of their favorite source material: a littttttttttle too harsh.



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For our part, all we'll say is this: we've seen a lot of GREAT trailers that wound up being shitty movies, and a lot of SHITTY trailers that ended up having great movies.

PLEASE BE GOOD, DARK TOWER.