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Stephen King Explains Why The Dark Tower Movie Didn’t Work

Stephen King Explains Why The Dark Tower Movie Didn’t Work:

Stephen King has spoken out on why he thinks The Dark Tower failed. The prolific author’s work has always been ripe for adaptation (See: Carrie, The Shining, Children of the Corn, and a trove of other classics), but this year has been particularly fruitful. In the last few months alone, two of his well-known works have been translated to screen: IT, his famed clown-centric thriller, and The Dark Tower, his sprawling, eight-book fantasy epic.

But while IT was a runaway blockbuster, The Dark Tower fell woefully short. The film took in only $110 million worldwide against a $60 million budget, and its reviews were largely scathing. A tie-in TV series, based on the fourth book, a prequel, is still charging ahead, but even the movie’s star, Idris Elba, isn’t certain about the franchise’s future. So where did it go wrong?

According to King, it came down to two things: Trying to fit such a large scale project into a suitable runtime and having to water down the book’s original tone. As he told Vulture in a recent interview:

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.

brokehorrorfan: September 21: Stephen King is 70 today.Since…

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September 21: Stephen King is 70 today.

Since 1974, the influential author has published over 50 novels and nearly 200 short stories, many of which have been adapted for film or TV. He has also written a handful of screenplays, including Creepshow.

His work includes IT, The Shining, Carrie, Salem’s Lot, Pet Sematary, The Stand, Misery, The Green Mile, Christine, Cujo, Firestarter, The Dead Zone, Thinner, Gerald’s Game, and The Dark Tower series.

‘Holy shit,’ Eddie said. ‘It’s the Pied Piper of…

‘Holy shit,’ Eddie said. ‘It’s the Pied Piper of Hamelin.’

Inspired by Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: Wolves of the Calla.

Wolves of the Calla kidnapping the children of the…

Wolves of the Calla kidnapping the children of the Calla.

Inspired by Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” saga.

“We are ka-tet. We are one from many. We have shared our…

“We are ka-tet. We are one from many. We have shared our water as we have shared our lives and our quest. If one should fall, that one will not be lost, for we are one and will not forget, even in death.”

Shardik attacks Eddie Dean.Inspired by Stephen King’s “The Dark…

Shardik attacks Eddie Dean.

Inspired by Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” saga.

Whether you serve the White or the Red, may the force be with…

Whether you serve the White or the Red, may the force be with you!

“The man in black fled across the desert, and the…

“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”

Based on the Dark Tower movie starring Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black.

Go watch the trailer if you haven’t yet:
https://youtu.be/GjwfqXTebIY

The ka-tet enters the woods led by Roland…

The ka-tet enters the woods led by Roland Deschain…

Inspired by Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” saga.

“Wrong tower, Eddie.” Inspired by Stephen…

“Wrong tower, Eddie.”

Inspired by Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower”.