Idris Elba Doesn’t Care About ‘The Dark Tower’ Negative Reactions

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Let’s make this official – actor Idris Elba, who played gunslinger Roland Deschain in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, does not care if you are a hater. And according to a new interview in Mashable, he even got to hug the prolific author. So there.

“Ultimately, everyone has an opinion and that’s okay. I’d imagine that a film like The Dark Tower—if you know anything about the literature—it’s a very hard book to digest, and it’s definitely a hard book to adapt… Until one of the reviewers that had something to say adapts it and does a great job, well I don’t want to hear what they have to say.”

Elba also shared that he was able to hang out with King, who is currently enjoying monster success with the adaptation of his beloved novel It.

“He’s very cool. He needs a hug,” Elba laughs. “He’s incredible. One of the most prolific authors of our generation.”

Elba then turned the discussion to a subject he is much more passionate about than fan reactions to  The Dark Tower.  Elba serves as the ambassador for  Project Literacy, a global campaign founded by learning company Pearson and made up of over 100 organizations dedicated to ending illiteracy by 2030.

“People need to be aware that you may be sitting on a train next to someone—an adult fully grown—holding a newspaper who can’t read it.”

This year, Elba and the campaign are devoted to raising awareness about the high level of  adult illiteracy around the world. There are approximately 32 million adults in the U.S. alone who can’t read or write according to Project Literacy stats.

Source: Mashable

10 Stephen King Adaptations Hollywood Needs To Get Right

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Stephen King ItWith The Dark Tower and It, two of King’s most famous and beloved works, reaching the big screen, it feels like the gates are opening on a new age of Stephen King adaptations

Already we’ve seen 1) a new Carrie movie, 2) Under the Dome and 11/22/63 get TV adaptations 3) Netflix’s upcoming Gerald’s Game, 4) a TV series based on the Mr. Mercedes trilogy, 5) Josh Boone looks to make Revival his follow-up to X-Men: The New Mutants, 5) a new version of Hearts in Atlantis is in the works (just called Hearts) and 6) a Cujo remake, with the amazing title of C.U.J.O. Even Cell got made, plus a personal favorite of mine The Mist is back in the form of a new Syfy series airing later this year (based on both the original novella and Frank Darabont’s superb 2007 film).

Our age of cinematic universes feels tailor-made for the world-renowned author. King is known not only for his productivity but for how his stories interlock together in the same universe (multiverse, if you want to get specific). His entire oeuvre is connected by characters, locations, and events, all centered around the literal and figurative Dark Tower, the structure and book series sit at the center of King’s worlds. Of course, no one entity owns the rights to all of King’s works, so we won’t be seeing, say, Pennywise the Dancing Clown say hi to Idris Elba’s gunslinger in a movie anytime soon, but it speaks to King’s continued relevance.

There are, of course, the adaptations that are sacrosanct and need to no update, plus others where we are simply waiting to see if they happen. Speaking of Darabont, he delivered a trilogy of amazing King adaptations in my opinion between The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist. Rob Reiner also mastered the artform, giving us Stand by Me and Misery. There’s already a perfectly-good The Dead Zone movie and TV show. The Tommyknockers and Desperation got the miniseries treatment in 1991 and 2006, respectively. The latter came with a teleplay by King himself, while the former was announced for a new miniseries back in 2013 along with Rosemary’s Baby, the failure of which may have something to do with the radio silence since the announcement. The Shining is actually not one, with King famously disliking the Stanley Kubrick film enough to make a miniseries of his own to “correct” the record (and a Shining prequel is first on our list).

While some works defy or seek re-adaptation, the breadth of the man’s work means there’s plenty of new stuff to mine in the coming years as well. Click Next to learn which to watch out for!

Honorable mentions: The Dark Half, Dolores Claiborne, Apt Pupil, Dreamcatcher

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Colin Costello

Colin Costello

A self-professed geek and DC Comics fan, Colin is a working screenwriter with two family features under his belt.