12 Jul 2015 10:40 AM +00:00 UTC

Nikolaj Arcel To Direct and Write Stephen King's The Dark Tower

It was previously reported that Nikolaj Arcel was in talks to direct and write the big screen adaptation for Stephen King's The Dark Tower, and now, Deadline reports that the deal has been officially confirmed.

Arcel is known for his Oscar-nominated A Royal Affair, and he wrote the Swedish version of Stieg Larsson's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Having seen both of those films, I think they made a great decision in hiring Arcel to helm this project.

The Dark Tower centers on Roland Deschain, the last living member of a knightly-order known as gunslingers and the last of the line of "Arthur Eld", his world-analogue of King Arthur. Politically organized along the lines of a feudal society, it shares technological and social characteristics with the American Old West but is also magical Many of the magical aspects have vanished from Mid-World, but traces remain as do relics from a technologically advanced society.

A lot of fans consider King's multi-genre book series to be his magnum opus.

The film will be developed and produced by Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital. The studios are also developing a companion TV series to fill the gap between the scenes.