A Royal Affair director Nikolaj Arcel signs on to direct Stephen King’s Dark Tower


The man in Black fled across the Desert, and the Gunslinger followed.

After what feels like an eternity of heartbreaking ups and downs, The Dark Tower inches ever closer to actually existing. The little franchise that could now has a director in Nikolaj Arcel, the Danish filmmaker who gave us 2012’s A Royal Affair and co-wrote the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. While we knew he was in talks as of early June, it’s now official.

This is good news for all the people praying to Randall Flagg for King’s seven-book (eight if you count The Wind Through the Keyhole) franchise to make its way to the big screen. Arcel is bringing Anders Thomas Jensen (whose only recognizable work for me is story supervisor for Lars von Trier’s feel-good classic Antichrist) along for the ride to do the latest script rewrite.

Hopefully this is a sign that the real-life horror story of The Dark Tower franchise’s production hell. No word on casting yet, but I can definitely see Nicholas Holt as a young Roland for the flashback scenes in both the first and hypothetical fourth films.

[via Bloody Disgusting]