Mike Fleming Jr, writing for Deadline:
Nikolaj Arcel is the choice to direct The Dark Tower, the Stephen King novel series set in a world woven with magic and revolving around the gunslinger Roland Deschain. I’ve heard talks will begin shortly toward a deal that will have him overseeing a rewrite and directing the film. Sony Pictures Entertainment signed on earlier this year to co-finance the franchise with Media Rights Capital — it gives new topper Tom Rothman a strong franchise play — and now it looks like they’re near to naming the helmer who’ll bring this massively ambitious project to life.
Sony will distribute what is planned to be the first in a series of movies. A complementary TV series is also being developed by MRC.
Who will play Roland?
Next step will be to tap a star to play the gunslinger. Numerous stars have flirted with that role, including Javier Bardem and Russell Crowe. It will be nice to see King — who options his works for $1 with short leashes, but a long one here — finally get a movie on what is his answer to Tolkien’s Middle Earth novels.