Idris Elba armed for more Gun­slinger

Ottawa Sun - - SHOWBIZ - — WENN

Idris Elba wants to re­turn to the world of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower even though his sum­mer adap­ta­tion was a big flop with crit­ics. The movie, based on King’s beloved book se­ries, was not re­ceived well by many top re­view­ers, but it man­aged to gross over $107 mil­lion at the global box of­fice.

And Elba hopes that’ll be enough for movie bosses to push on with a se­quel.

“It was mixed re­views, some re­ally horrible re­views,” the ac­tor tells Buz­zFeed. “(But) I still think the movie did well in terms of box of­fice around the world.”

Al­though a The Dark Tower fol­low-up movie or a spinoff TV se­ries was men­tioned in the past, Idris ad­mits he’s re­ceived no con­fir­ma­tion of th­ese projects hap­pen­ing in the fu­ture.

“We’re not fur­ther along (with the film), and I’m not sure what they’re do­ing with the TV idea. I be­lieve it’s out there,” he says, adding he’d love the chance to reprise his The Dark Tower char­ac­ter, Gun­slinger Roland Deschain.

Idris in­sists the neg­a­tive back­lash sur­round­ing the sum­mer film won’t sway movie ex­ec­u­tives as they de­cide whether or not to press on with a se­quel.

“We’ve seen films that weren’t re­ceived well go on to make two and three, even four se­quels, and con­tinue to do bet­ter and bet­ter,” he tells the out­let, “so I don’t see why Dark Tower shouldn’t. The Gun­slinger’s got some legs!”

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