While Stephen King is making the rounds in support of the latest adaptation of one of his works, Mike Flanagan’s Gerald’s Game, he’s also reflecting on a couple projects that are now in the rearview. While Andy Muschietti’s IT is on its way to cementing a spot as one of the 21st Century’s best horror movies, Nikolaj Arcel’s The Dark Tower (released last August) was a colossal flop.
So, what went wrong with The Dark Tower? What elements eluded Arcel, since we know the source material is fantastic. Here’s what King thinks went wrong, in his own words.
You’re now on the other side of The Dark Tower, a movie that was so long in the making but didn’t completely work. What was the challenge there?
The major challenge was to do a film based on a series of books that’s really long, about 3,000 pages. The other part of it was the decision to do a PG-13 feature adaptation of books that are extremely violent and deal with violent behavior in a fairly graphic way. That was something that had to be overcome, although I’ve gotta say, I thought [screenwriter] Akiva Goldsman did a terrific job in taking a central part of the book and turning it into what I thought was a pretty good movie. The TV series they’re developing now … we’ll see what happens with that. It would be like a complete reboot, so we’ll just have to see.
Do you agree with King’s assessment? Would The Dark Tower had benefited from a multi-film approach (like IT) and an R-Rating (also like IT)? Let’s discuss in the Comments section!
The Dark Tower hits Blu-ray/DVD on October 31st. Check out the trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of worlds at stake, two men collide in the ultimate battle between good and evil.
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