The Dark Tower Is Finally a Go at Amazon as a New Gunslinger Arises

The Dark Tower series is a moving forward at Amazon.
The Dark Tower series is a moving forward at Amazon.
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The movie version of The Dark Tower fled across our memories, and the new Amazon television show followed in its path. But some news today has refreshed our excitement once more.


After months of rumors and speculation, Deadline now reports that Amazon has cast Sam Strike (Nightflyers) as the new Roland Deschain, aka the Gunslinger, in its TV adaptation of the Stephen King book series. Jasper Pääkkönen (Vikings) has also been cast as Marten, one of the many aliases of the Man in Black. And, if you know the story, the fact that he’s playing that character means this is not an adaptation of the first book in the series. It’s set in the past, showing Roland as a young man, learning the ways of the world and becoming a Gunslinger.

This is such huge news for fans of the King novels. We’re finally going to get a version of The Dark Tower that’s not rushed and can tell the story the way it’s meant to be told. And, most importantly, it will ignore the movie, which was cast really well, but ultimately was a huge mess.

No word on when The Dark Tower will go into production or find its way onto your Amazon service, but with the leads cast, it’s all barrels firing from here.

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I wonder if they are going to tackle Susannah Dean/Odetta Holmes/ Detta Walker because a Jive talking amputee black lady in a wheelchair is a little bit ‘problematic’ when you look at it today.

But if the Man Jesus wills it, hopefully this will be a great show. The movie was just a bad film, the people who made it have forgotten the faces of their fathers. I just hope this show manages to capturs the far out nature of the World of the Dark Tower, I want to see the post apocalyptic Wild west techno future that King so excellently portrays. Also I want to see Billy Bumblers. I’ll get a Nozz-a-la cola in my Takuro Spirit if this is good.

‘All things serve the beam’