Nikolaj Arcel Teases Potential The Dark Tower Sequel Storyline

Posted 2017/08/07 0 0

Director Nikolaj Arcel talked about The Dark Tower ending, as well as what lies in store for Roland in a potential sequel.


Given the dramatic climax of The Dark Tower and presumed death of Matthew McConaughey’s Man in Black, Arcel teased that we may not have seen the last of the movie’s big villain:

“I think it’s fair to say that the Man in Black will return, yeah. He’s the main, he’s THE villain. If we had really wanted to kill him off for good, it would’ve been a bigger moment, and I think it was almost like, “Did he die? Did he not?” I don’t know. For me, he certainly didn’t. He is in the later installments of the novels, so yeah.”

The Man in Black’s death is rather straight-forward in the film, and there’s no stinger or teasing nod to suggest to non-book readers that he survived a number of well-placed gunshots. However, this is one of the main antagonists of the entire series and he’s one slippery character, so it’s not a stretch for him to survive.

While it sounds like the malevolent Walter O’Dim will be back on board, Arcel also teased that Jackie Earle Haley could also return as Sayre the humanoid vampire leader:

“I think there is a possible future for him. We don’t see him actually die, right? But I think he’s definitely one of those characters that I felt wasn’t a big character in the script, but Jackie, I’ve always loved his work. I just told him, “Listen, it’s not a huge part, but it’s important, you know, a seriously important character.” And he was so game. He was cool. He was just like, “Yeah, I love the character, so let me do it.” But you never know what can happen.”

Roland and Jake team up to leave Keystone Earth behind at the end of the film, so where will their adventures take them from there?

“I can tell you that you can probably find a lot of that answer in book two, “The Drawing of the Three.” So that’s the best I can do.”

With King reportedly wanting the sequel to head for an R-rating, it will be interesting to see how Arcel handles all of this for the sequel. Given the criticism of the first film, it looks like it won’t just be the source material that will need a reshuffle when/if we move up the floors of The Dark Tower. Meanwhile, in September 2016, Entertainment Weekly reported that MRC and Sony were committed to making a TV series based on The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass, which would be a prequel to the movie. There remains no network attached to the project.