Jae Lee was the artist that brought Stephen King’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower, to comic shops with the first three series from Marvel: The Gunslinger Born, The Long Road Home and Treachery then coming back later to do the Battle of Jericho Hill. His dark, unique style set the stage for one the series would look like. It makes perfect sense, then, that Sony tapped Lee to do two new posters (most definitely not fan art, as the film’s Twitter mistakenly named it) for the upcoming film featuring Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black and Idris Elba as Roland the Gunslinger. You can even see in the trailers how Lee’s art influenced the look of the film.
Sony is being very ambitious with this franchise, already planning a TV prequel and multiple films to truly explore the expansive world created by King.
The original art for the two posters are now available for sale, though no specific price is being given — it only says “please inquire”. It also says that these pieces will only be available until August 2nd, so it seems like it may be a highest offer by Wednesday gets them. The Man in Black is here and the Gunslinger is here. You can make offers on the pieces individually or together.
From a collector’s point of view, these are two pieces of original art for movie posters at the start of what could be a mega-franchise. And where it might flop, you’ve got a lot of reasons to believe it won’t when you look at Ron Howard directing, McConaughey and Elba starring, and a beloved world that King crafted. There are no guarantees in the entertainment industry, but you can see why Sony is pretty confident in this property — which means these pieces could be huge.
Catch The Dark Tower in theaters this Friday, August 4th.