As long as Stephen King's film adaptation of his Dark Tower series has been in the pipeline, we seemingly are getting closer and closer to it actually happening.
With a studio and production company behind the project (Sony and MRC), a director on board (Nikolaj Arcel) and a slew of talent on the production side (Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Akiva Goldsman), the mission now is to cast the film, with reports saying none other than Matthew McConaughey is being offered the chance to star.
While you might assume the Oscar winner is being courted to play the protagonist 'Gunslinger' Roland Deschain, word is the actor has actually been offered both the role of Deschain and the antagonist Walter Padick AKA the Man in Black.
Basically, McConaughey has the luxury of picking whichever role he likes (though word is he's leaning towards the villainous character of Padick). Ironically, this character first appeared in Stephen King's other epic novel, The Stand, going by the name of Randall Flagg, a role in which McConaughey has been heavily rumored to be up for in that film adaptation as well.
Personally, I think Mr. Alright Alright Alright is a better fit for the villain role and it sounds like he's heading in that direction too. No word on who else the filmmakers are looking at for the lead of Deschain if McConaughey does in fact choose the dark side, but here's hoping Viggo Mortensen is paying attention.
The Dark Tower - which is to be based on the first novel in the series, The Gunslinger - is set for release January 13th, 2017.