Cape Town – Stephen King fans are rejoicing that the film adaption of The Dark Tower is finally happening.
King has been in talks with a number of directors and screen writers since 2010, but budget and other factors got in the way.
Now six years later and with the backing of Sony Pictures the story is finally coming to life.
Idris Elba stars as Roland Deschain, the gunslinger, and Matthew McConaughey as Walter Padick, the villainous man in black.
Shooting of the film is currently underway right here in the Mother City.
Entertainment Weekly had an exclusive podcast with director and co-writer Nikolaj Arcel who is on set in Cape Town, and Stephen King.
In the podcast the pair give some small details about the story.
King says the film will start where the books start: "The man in Black fled across the Desert, and the Gunslinger followed."
However, it will not adapt the plot of the first book, but will start somewhere in the middle.
"It starts sort of in medias res, in the middle of the story instead of at the beginning, which may upset some of the fans a little bit. But they will get behind it, because it is the story," says King.
Arcel is mum about which books he will include in his movie but gave this clue.
"A lot of it takes place in our modern day world, if you think about it, it veers between mid-world and modern day earth," says Arcel.
Listen to the full podcast here.
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