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Stephen King's The Dark Tower Jan. 2017 Release Date Ties In with 'Friday the 13th'; Russell Crowe, Idris Elba Join Cast?

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November 5
10:25 AM 2015

While much anticipation has been circling around Stephen King's big screen iteration in The Dark Tower, the film is expected to premiere on the same date with another horror flick. King also gave the rights to majority of his works, including some of the books in The Dark Tower series to the publisher, Scribner.

After the announcement that The Dark Tower is finally in the works under Sony Pictures, it seems that details about the upcoming project have been scarce. However, as revealed by Latin Post, the project will be released on the same date as the upcoming 'Friday the 13th' film.

Meanwhile as cited in previous report, King gave the American publisher, Scribner the most to majority of his works. As cited in previous report, some of the rights given include 4 of the books in The Dark Tower series which covers every format that the book can be published.

As reported by Den of Geek, the upcoming film will adapt the first book in the series which is The Gun Slinger. It will be the first instalment in the planned franchise, which King previously revealed will be released in theaters and will have its tv series, too. It will center on Roland Deschain who travels to find the mythical Dark Tower in order to preserve his dying world. No official cast members have been announced for the film although Russell Crowe and Idris Elba remains to be heavily linked to the project.

The project is a long time coming, and Ron Howard also previously attempted to create the film. Javier Bardem was previously courted to play as the Roland Deschain but developments have stopped since then. Whether or not Bardem will be courted by Sony for the lead role once again remains to be seen.

The Dark Tower is set to be directed by Akiva Goldsman. He is also set to write the film along with Danish director Anders Thomas. More details about the flick are expected to be revealed as it nears its January 13, 2017 release date. 

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