‘The Dark Tower’: Amazon Pilot Helmed By ‘24’ and ‘Predator 2’ Director Stephen Hopkins

Sep 17, 2019

We finally know the director of Amazon’s ‘The Dark Tower’ pilot: Stephen Hopkins. Deadline snuck in this tidbit earlier today, in an article about the ‘Fugitive’ reboot from Quibi, which Hopkins is directing.

Hopkins recently directed the Focus Features film ‘Race’ and three episodes of the FOX spin-off ’24: Legacy.’ He also helmed 12 episodes of the flagship ’24’ series. Other film credits include New Line’s ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child,’ 20th Century Fox’s ‘Predator 2,’ and New Line’s ‘Lost in Space.’

Moreover, the cast members, that we know of, are below:

  • Jerome Flynn (‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’)
  • Ivan Kaye (‘Dark Shadows,’ ‘The Borgias’)
  • Jasper Pääkkönen (‘Vikings,’ ‘BlacKkKlansman’)
  • Ana Padrão (‘Três Mulhere,’ ‘Vidas Opostas’)
  • Abraham Popoola (‘Electric Dreams,’ ‘Les Misérables’)
  • Joana Ribeiro (‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,’ ‘The Black Book’)
  • Michael Rooker (‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,’ ‘True Detective’)
  • Sam Strike (‘Timeless,’ ‘Mindhunter’)

The series was originally going to tie in to the 2017 film of the same name, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. But, the plan now is for the show to be a more faithful adaptation of the book series.

Meanwhile, Glen Mazzara (‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Damien’) serves as executive producer and showrunner.

Below are some plot details of the Stephen King adaptation:

“The story of how Roland (Strike) became a gunslinger and his first encounter with Marten Broadcloak aka the villainous Man in Black (Pääkkönen). The Man in Black will serve as the series antagonist, while his affair with Gabrielle, the mother of Roland, will factor heavily into the plot. Her affair incites Roland to pick up his guns in a search for Broadcloak and sets his father, Steven, on a mission to find him.”

Additionally we know Deschain’s “ka-tet” will comprise of Cuthbert Allgood, Alain Johns, Ileen Ritter and Jamie De Curry, as well as his girlfriend, Susan Delgado.

If the show nabs a series order, the season will comprise of 13 episodes.

However, there is no decision from Amazon as of now, as the pilot is still in post-production.

Source: Deadline