Stephen King is a writer who opens doors to a number of worlds. And this fall, he’s inviting moviegoers nationwide inside some of his most famous works.
On Friday, one of King’s earliest works, “The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger” will be adapted for film as “The Dark Tower” and in September moviegoers will get a new — and if the trailers are to be believed — terrifying version of his 1986 novel “It”.
Based on the first book in The Dark Tower series, the film “The Dark Tower” will tell the story of Roland (Idris Elba), a gunslinger who lives in a fantastical world that runs parallel to our own. As a peacekeeper of that world, Roland’s only goal is to protect the dark tower — a literal tower that keeps all worlds, including our own, alive and well — from falling due to the hands of the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey).
Actors Idris Elba, left, and Matthew McConaughey participate in “The Dark Tower” cast photo call at The Whitby Hotel on Sunday, July 30, 2017, in New York | Evan Agostini, Invision, Associated Press
Aiding Roland in his quest is a young boy named Jake (Tom Taylor), who hails from our world (New York City, specifically). Roland and Jake develop a bond that lingers close to the line of father and son.
In King’s Dark Tower series, which includes seven books and one novella, Jake and Roland’s relationship grows into a father-son relationship, with the boy going as far as to call Roland his father toward the end of the saga.
This short thread of a story reveals something consistent throughout King’s tales. No matter how dark, twisted or malevolent, at their core, his stories are often family, even love, centered. Take any King tale written or adapted for television, movie or miniseries, and viewers will see familial themes shining throughout.
While it’s true that King’s tales often contain overly sexual content with plenty of irreverence and violence, they still highlight the idea that family can help people through anything.
Take a look King’s famous story “It,” which opens in theaters Sept. 8. Most people know the general idea of this tale: a demon clown terrorizing a group of youngsters who are working their…