Nikolaj Arcel is the choice to direct The Dark Tower, the Stephen King novel series set in a world woven with magic and revolving around the gunslinger Roland Deschain. I’ve heard talks will begin shortly toward a deal that will have him doing a rewrite and directing the film. Sony Pictures Entertainment signed on earlier this year to co-finance the franchise with Media Rights Capital–it gives new topper Tom Rothman a strong franchise play–and now it looks like they’re near to naming the helmer who’ll bring this massively ambitious project to life. Sony will distribute what is planned to be the first in a series of movies. A complementary TV series is also being developed by MRC. Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Weed Road’s Akiva Goldsman and Imagine’s Ron Howard and Erica Huggins are producing. King is also a producer. That quartet has been involved in this franchise since the beginning, and MRC kept it going when it was between studios.