The Dark Tower has been erected and the bricks that make it up seem to be coming from other Stephen King Universes. The new trailer for the movie based on King’s epic volume of work has finally arrived, and thanks to the internet, fans have found that there’s a lot more to the tower than meets the eye.
King has created some of the most infamous horror stories of all time. He’s also gone as far as connecting his novels together (if you read close enough). Characters from numerous books have interacted and even visited the other worlds from different select King novels. And The Dark Tower novel is no exception. What fans weren’t expecting, though, is hidden Easter eggs in The Dark Tower trailer.
Did you see it? Don’t blink. PennyWise. The Overlook Hotel. It’s in the midst of the action packed sci-fi fantasy trailer for The Dark Tower. pieced together the Easter eggs diligent fans have discovered within the trailer.
The infamous Overlook Hotel, from The Shining, makes a cameo in a split second moment. Sitting on the shelf in the therapists office is a framed photo of the Overlook, that takes a topple as a ‘beamquake’ hits the room. Hopefully Jake does not find himself in any hedge mazes…
Pennywise, our beloved IT cannot be silenced. Dark Tower has a nod to that infamous dancing clown, who is being reimagined in the newest remake of IT (coming out September 8th). In the trailer, Jake wanders through a decrepit forest. He comes upon a rusted out old carnival type sign. What does it say? Pennywise. Oh and is that a hand, gripping a bundle of balloons rising from the dirt? You bet your fur it is.
There is even a bloody good Shining and King novel reference hidden on a wall. There’s a shot where Matthew McConaughey, who plays the Man in Black, walks down a dingy hallway. Painted in red on the wall (much like RedRum) are the words “All Hail the Crimson King”. The Crimson King himself is a dark benevolent villain who shows up in Kings work, including in The Dark Tower. He is Lord of All evil; above The Man in Black, even. It’s not a surprise to see The Man in Black acknowledging the slogan, but it does serve as a reminder of who’s really in charge.
So, does this mean we’re now looking at a shared King cinematic universe? Possibly. We know The Dark Tower is linked to more of King’s works; The Man in Black appears in various guises and forms in novels such as The Stand and Hearts in Atlantis. There’s also links in The Dark Tower novels to Salem’s Lot, which could well be explored further down the line.
With that in mind, and the Easter eggs in the trailer, a shared universe seems likely, even if it will ever be fully realized and just kept to the odd nod here and there.
Who knows how many more novels will be hidden among the Gunslinger’s world when The Dark Tower arrives on August 4th? The trailer is all we have for now, so keep replaying it. Maybe the It trailer needs to be re-watched just in case we’ve missed a Dark Tower reference…