[Warning: This post contains spoilers of The Dark Tower series. You’ve been warned.]
Okay, this is a little bit of chest-puffing on our part, admittedly, but we’re too giddy to control ourselves. If you recall, way, way back in December 2014, we assembled an exhaustive, slightly unnecessary, and extremely dorky blueprint of how one could potentially turn Stephen King’s sprawling bibliography into a proper Cinematic Universe.
Mostly, it was a way for us to accurately portray The Dark Tower in a light that would both satisfy the diehard readers and make sense to anyone who has never picked up one of King’s book. We included over a dozen corollary novels, such as The Stand, It, The Eyes of the Dragon, et al., and dissected it all — casting, release dates, yada, yada, yada.
Well, our hats off to Senior Staff Writer Justin Gerber, because his inordinately meta, twist ending for the epic conclusion of our Stephen King Cinematic Universe may actually come to fruition in the forthcoming Dark Tower films. Again, if you haven’t read the books and you really, really, really don’t want to be spoiled … CLOSE THIS PAGE NOW.
Alright, here we go…
Earlier this morning, King sent shockwaves to his millions of fans when he posted the following message all across his various social networks:
Readers will recall that in the final seventh book, The Dark Tower, Roland Deschain’s long, meandering journey comes to an end at the titular building. Once there, he learns that he’s supposed to blow from the Horn of Eld, a family treasure of his that’s been passed down from multiple generations. Unfortunately, he’s since lost the damn thing.
But soon he learns of Mid-World’s “no horn, no dice” policy, which is why he’s quickly teleported back to the beginning of his journey (read: the first book). Sadly, he doesn’t have any memories, but what he does have in his possession is the horn, hinting that he may finally be able to conclude his quest. Now, what does this have to do with King’s tweet?
Based on the photo and the subtitle “Last Time Around,” Roland, aka Idris Elba, could have the horn from the start; in other words, the films could be seen as a sequel-of-sorts to the books. But we’ll allow Mr. Gerber’s words from nearly two years ago explain the idea in full:
The Bridge Has Reached Its End: The ending of The Dark Tower is a polarizing one, but the show will not share a similar fate. There is a much more definitive ending in this series finale, in which we discover that Roland has had Cuthbert’s horn with him this entire time. With this knowledge, readers of the series shouldn’t be too bothered by a different ending if they think of the live-action Dark Tower as a continuation from the Dark Tower novels, rather than a straight adaptation. Too much more would be telling. To find out more, make sure to watch this show.
Are we gloating a little? Of course. But c’mon, can you blame us? That’s pretty, pretty … pretty cool.
Then again, we’ll see if ka is in our favor when the chase for The Dark Tower begins February 17, 2017. 2 + 17, get it?