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Did You Spot the ‘IT’ and ‘The Shining’ Connections in ‘The Dark Tower’ Trailer?

Stephen King rules the world.

We woke up this morning to the reveal of the first official trailer for Nikolaj Arcel’s The Dark Tower, which will be the first new Stephen King adaptation to hit the big screen in quite some time. With IT following directly in its wake, just one month later, there’s reason to believe that The Dark Tower will be the start of what we’d like to call the Stephen King Cinematic Universe.

And the trailer, well, it seems to all but confirm that.

If you paid close attention to The Dark Tower trailer, you may have spotted direct references to both The Shining and IT, two of King’s most iconic horror tales. On the desk of a therapist’s office is a photo of The Shining‘s infamous Overlook Hotel, and later in the trailer, young Jake Chambers stumbles across what looks to be the ruins of Pennywise’s very own theme park!

What does it all mean? Are they just fun homages and nothing more? We’ll find out soon!

The film is not a direct adaptation of any of the books in the series from author Stephen King but is rather a continuation and semi-amalgamation of what’s already out there. It’s hinted that the film takes place towards the end of Deschain’s journey.

Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is a young 11-year-old adventure seeker who discovers clues about another dimension called Mid-World. Upon following the mystery, he is spirited away to Mid-World where he encounters the lone frontiersman knight Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), who is on a quest to reach the ‘Dark Tower’ that resides in End-World and reach the nexus point between time and space that he hopes will save Mid-World from extinction. But with various monsters and a vicious sorcerer named Walter Padick (Matthew McConaughey) hot on their trail, the unlikely duo find that their quest may be difficult to complete.

The film also stars Fran Kranz, Jackie Earle Haley, Abbey Lee, and Kathryn Winnick.

The Dark Tower, which was recently delayed to Aug. 4, 2017, was directed by Nikolaj Arcel and produced by Akiva Goldman, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Erica Hughes.




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