Cinematic Universes are all the rage these days. Marvel helped propel the notion, while DC and Universal's Classic Monsters are finding ways to explore and continue the on-screen experiments. So why can't we have a Stephen King Universe? King's books used to be adapted to film all of the time, and he's experiencing a bit of a rebirth on screen as of late, with several King novels making their way to different screens. We got a look at The Dark Tower this morning, and the trailer had some subtle (and very curious) nods to other King works. First, the trailer:

The Dark Tower tells the story of Roland Deschain of Gilead, the last of a dying breed of Gunslinger warriors. His quest to reach The Dark Tower covered seven books, and could set off a series of movie and television projects propelled from the pages of Stephen King's classic stories. And yet, there are obvious nods to existing King movies and books in this trailer, suggesting that Sony might be trying to connect dots to previous King works in interesting ways. Namely, to movies that belong to other studios, and even movies that ALSO plan to reach theaters in 2017. Let's start there, with a certain, terrifying clown.


In a scene in the trailer that's not in the books (get used to saying that, DT fans), Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) wanders through a ghostly forest and comes upon... a Pennywise sign? The sign looks like it could have been part of an abandoned amusement park in Mid-World, the land where Roland remains. The image even comes with floating balloons, because as Georgie figured out, we all float down here. Now, why is this strange? Because an overt mention of Pennywise and Stephen King's IT points to the IT movie that's opening one month after The Dark Tower hits. Only, that's a Warner Bros. movie, and not a Sony movie. Sharing? Or a different reference altogether? The mystery remains.

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