The viral marketing behind Sony’s adaptation of The Dark Tower was fun. For awhile it seemed we were getting something new on the 19th of every month, and then all of sudden everything stopped. Since then, we’ve yet to see a proper trailer — outside of the piss-poor leak that surfaced earlier this month — even though we’re a few months away from its February release and we’ve already heard about an accompanying television series in the works.
Fortunately, the wheels are still turning, albeit slowly, and the latest coup for fans is the release of the prized children’s book, Charlie the Choo-Choo. If you recall, the book, which was reportedly written by Stephen King under the pseudonym Beryl Evans, was originally available as an exclusive at this past summer’s Comic-Con, but now it’s coming out in an official capacity on November 22nd and pre-orders are on-going via Amazon.
Here’s the official synopsis:
“Engineer Bob has a secret: His train engine, Charlie the Choo-Choo, is alive…and also his best friend. From celebrated author Beryl Evans and illustrator Ned Dameron comes a story about friendship, loyalty, and hard work.”
The conceit behind Charlie the Choo-Choo is a little complicated for non-readers, but know that it’s an important artifact in the series, serving as a crucial harbinger for Roland Deschain and his ka-tet. Considering it doesn’t appear until the third book, aka The Waste Lands, its appearance now begs the question: How deep is this first film going to go? Considering they haven’t cast Susannah and Eddie yet it’s anyone’s guess at the moment.
But ka is a wheel, yadda, yadda, yadda … we’ll all know come February 19th, 2017.