Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Screenwriter Chosen to Direct

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Stephen King's The Dark Tower

Could this finally be it?

Nikolaj Arcel, who co-wrote the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and directed the Mads Mikkelsen-starring A Royal Affair, looks to be bringing Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series to the big screen.

According to Deadline, Arcel is entering talks to rewrite and direct the long-awaited picture. Sony Pictures Entertainment is co-financing the planned franchise alongside Media Rights Capital, the latter of which is also developing a television series that will compliment the film series.

There’s no word yet on who will play Roland Deschain, the ‘gunslinger’ on a mission to protect the Dark Tower, a building said to be the nexus of all universes. The film is apparently to be based mostly on the first book in King’s series, The Gunslinger, which sets up the relationship between Roland and protege Jake Chambers.

Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, I Am Legend) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) have penned the latest draft, which Arcel will have another crack at if given the high-profile gig. Deadline reports that, apart from his work with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and A Royal Affair, it was his passion for the source material that attracted the studio. Arcel reportedly taught himself English to read King’s book series in its original language.

The project boasts Weed Road’s Goldsman, Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Imagine’s Ron Howard, and King himself as its producing team.

Fingers crossed King’s epic work gets a worthy imagining.