Why Idris Elba & Matthew McConaughey Joined The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower Box Office

The Dark Tower Box Office

The Dark Tower is finally completing a decade-long journey to the big screen this weekend, with the long-awaited Stephen King adaptation officially set to hit theaters on Friday after being bounced around between different studios and directors for years.

According to Variety, when director Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) turned in an early cut of the film, Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman and the co-founder of MRC, Modi Wiczyk, considered bringing in another filmmaker to re-cut the movie.

However, the outlet's sources claim production was contentious as the deal between Sony and MRC granted the latter company "kill rights" in exchange for splitting production costs.

Earlier this year, producer and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman told Deadline that the television series was still very much on, saying, "The first episode of a show has been written, and we hope to retain Ron's original idea to mix platforms..."

But after getting the script for The Dark Tower in hand, the Interstellar actor was like "Oh, this is original, a chance to get in on the ground floor, to have some authorship with the character that I would go play".

'We shot this on time and on budget. "The old body remembered where it could go, and let's get back to 185 (pounds) and good shape (sic)", he smiled. "If someone had jumped into my editing room and taken over- I would have left instantly". With Stephen King retaining veto approval on almost every aspect of the film in exchange for the rights to the material, an insider described the situation as a case of "too many cooks in the kitchen".

Back in October, almost four months before The Dark Tower was originally expected to be released, the studio chose to hold a small number of blind screenings for audiences before VFX work on the film had been completed. Their unhappiness was further enforced by three blind screenings in October, in which audiences had a negative reaction to the film and were confused by its mythology.

Are you excited to see the film or are you concerned by these reports?

Matthew McConaughey, his co-star in The Dark Tower, cracked up after hearing the actor's buns had secured him some silverware. Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba will star in the movie directed by Nicolaj Arcel, which will release on August 4th.

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