leaked script to The Dark Tower (2017)
Opening scene: the town of Tull, on the edge of the Mohaine desert. Low-angle shot. A tall black man dressed like a cross between Clint Eastwood and Morpheus is walking swiftly down the dusty street - the camera moves with him. He stops, long coat flapping in a dry wind. Eye-level shot as he squints suspiciously - he has been surrounded by village folk. They’re armed with pitchforks, crowbars, silverware, and a seething, desperate fury. A woman in conspicuously luxurious robes sits atop a wagon, commanding them, a holy book in her hand. Music surges.
With almost no warning, the bloodshed begins. The villagers attack, more like zombies than living people, throwing themselves towards the lone man. In bullet-time, he draws twin pistols from his hips. They’re huge but elegant guns - like Peacemakers on steroids. He lifts the guns and we see him glance around. Time resumes full-speed. It is a massacre - blood sprays across the screen, bodies drop like flies, bullet shells fall like rain. Gore like you’ve never seen before.
Record scratch! The screen freezes on our ‘hero’ shooting with both hands, snarling, a spray of blood frozen inches from his face.
Roland: [a little sheepishly] “Yeahhh… that’s me, Roland of Gilead. Not my proudest moment. You might be wondering how I wound up in this mess. Well, maybe talking about it will be cathartic….”