After spending roughly 10 years in development and suffering two recent release date delays, Sony’s The Dark Tower, due out in August, finally has a first trailer.
Based on the seven-volume Stephen King series by the same name, director Nikolaj Arcel’s adaptation appears to somehow be both a sequel and reimagining of King’s string of novels. The books are well-known for not only their own Old West-meets-fantasy story, but for tying together King’s other popular works like The Shining, Salem’s Lot, It and many more into a larger shared universe (see if you can spot the photo of The Shining’s Overlook Hotel in the trailer). As for what story beats we know the film will be concerned with, here’s Sony’s official synopsis of The Dark Tower:
There are other worlds than these. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen. The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.
With the film’s divergence from the source material, fans are unsurprisingly split on the trailer, though King himself seems plenty excited:
Also featured in the horror master’s Twitter timeline is yesterday’s fun tweet exchange between stars Elba and McConaughey, which featured the very first footage from the film. To see a tease for another forthcoming series also set in King’s multiverse, check out this teaser for Hulu’s Castle Rock from earlier this year.
Assuming there are no further delays, The Dark Tower will finally hit theaters on Aug. 4. Go ahead and check out the trailer above if you haven’t already, and make sure you stay tuned to Paste for more on the film in the future.