Nikolaj Arcel, who helmed “A Royal Affair” and co-scripted the Swedish film version of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” is reportedly the top choice to direct the film adaptation of Stephen King’s fantasy novel series “The Dark Tower”.
Talks will begin shortly for a deal that will see Arcel rewrite and direct the film which has been setup at Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital. The project is the first in a proposed series of movies, while a complementary TV series is also being developed by MRC.
Brian Grazer, Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard and Erica Huggins remain onboard as producers alongside King. The project has stopped and started again numerous times over the past five or so years as it shifted from one studio to another.
Sony came onboard in April when both Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner had reportedly re-conceived and come up with a much leaner and more cost-efficient script for the first film primarily based on the first book in the series “The Gunslinger”.
Arcel is in much demand lately as he’s also attached to helm a film adaptation of Don Winslow’s “The Power Of The Dog” and a new version of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel “Rebecca”.