The upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series may have its villain. Matthew McConaughey is being courted by Sony and MRC to play The Man in Black in The Gunslinger, the first installment in the planned Dark Tower franchise.
However, the deal is far from done. The discussion is in very early stages, and while McConaughey has reportedly been handed the script, he has yet to decide if he’ll take the role. One factor may be that the film is being made as part of an ambitious production that will see MRC develop a television series to accompany the films. Given the character’s role in the story, that could mean a very long commitment.
The Man In Black, also called Padick in The Dark Tower, is a recurring villain in Stephen king’s multiverse who appears in numerous works, usually bearing a name with the initials R.F. His debut was as Randall Flagg in The Stand, and just as The Dark Tower links the majority of King’s novels into a larger storyline, Flagg serves as the linking element. In the the Dark Tower series, set in a universe that combines elements of post-apocalyptic fiction, westerns, and medieval fantasy, he is a wizard pursued relentlessly by the main character, the gunslinger Roland, as they seek the location of the titular tower said to exist at the crossing of all universes.
The Gunslinger is being directed by Nikolaj Arcel from a script by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. Goldsman, Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Erica Huggins are producing with Pinkner exec producing. The film is planned to hit theaters January 13, 2017.
Variety first reported the news.