Stephen King recently opened up about what went wrong with the Dark Tower movie.
2017 has become kind of a resurgence for my fellow Virgo writer, 70-year-old Stephen King. Andy Mushietti’s adaptation of King’s It is now a monster hit, becoming the highest grossing horror film of all time. A sequel is on the way as Warner Brothers announced a release date of Sept 6, 2019. There is also a Netflix adaptation coming of one my personal favorite novels Gerald’s Game coming.
So what went wrong with the other highly anticipated King novel, The Dark Tower? Intended to launch a film and television franchise, the first installment was described as a “sequel” to the books. It’s also well-documented that the film had trouble attempting to get from page to screen. Talented directors JJ Abrams and Ron Howard were attached at one point only to bail. I have my personal thoughts as I have read all eight books in the series. Overall, critics hated it. Fans ignored it. But what does the outspoken author think happened? Recently, King sat down with Vulture to share his thoughts on what went wrong with the adaptation.
“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.”
Reading between the lines, it doesn’t sound like The Dark Tower has much of a future on the big screen. It wouldn’t be the first or the last King adaptation to come up short (looking at you The Mangler). Perhaps TV is really where it belonged at the end of the day. You would be hard-pressed to find someone to argue with a Game of Thrones or Westworld type treatment. Of course, there are two words that King mentions that could also be one of the reasons why The Dark Tower failed. We’ll leave it up to you to decide.