The shared Stephen King universe is only growing stronger as new television shows and films based on the lauded horror author’s work come to life. Two recently released trailers for the upcoming Dark Tower film drop heavy handed hints about the connected King universe, which the King’s Dark Tower series was always kind of meant to do in the first place.
The first of the two trailers, “Easter Egg,” shows the movie’s nods to other King works. These include It, The Shining, Cujo, Children of the Corn, Christine, Misery, Doctor Sleep, Shawshank Redemption, and his short story “1408,” with the references hidden in pictures and flashes from the Dark Tower film.
More vague references such as the repetition of “19” — a number King frequently uses in his books and short stories — also appear throughout the trailer, and there might be more hiding in the woodwork of the film, waiting to pop out like Pennywise from a sewer.
The second trailer, “Connected KINGdom,” is more straightforward in its attempt to connect the Kingverse.
“There are other worlds than these,” Idris Elba’s Roland Deschain says in the second trailer. “Worlds where a voice shines against the dark, where everyone floats down below, where revenge is drenched in blood and fire and no one dares to laugh, where lies are locked up with undying hope, worlds that have moved on and worlds that have not. They all begin and end here, the Dark Tower.”
The Dark Tower premieres in theaters on August 4.