Stephen King Speaks Out on the Failures of The Dark Tower Film

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Although the big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel It has reached the status of one of the most successful movies of the year, 2017’s other high profile King adaptation–The Dark Tower–did not fair even remotely as well.  The movie was met by both widely negative reviews and underwhelming box office numbers, placing doubt in any plans to make further movies or the promised a TV spinoff.  Now, the author himself has weighed in on the film’s failure.

In a recent interview with Vulture, King explained that much of the problem was the challenge of compacting his epic ten-part series of novels into one movie. “The major challenge was to do a film based on a series of books that’s really long, about 3,000 pages,” he said. “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.

Nevertheless, the writer is happy with the end result, stating: “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.

As for the prospective TV version of the The Dark Tower that is currently in development, King revealed that if it does indeed happen, it would in fact be a “complete reboot” of the fantasy epic, rather than a continuation of the story started in the film.

In August, it was reported that former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara is set to oversee the development of the Dark Tower TV show.  The series will be a joint-production between Sony Television and the independent studio MRC, and it is expected that a first season would be around 10-13 episodes long.

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