After the massive success of IT, it’s probably easy to forget the other Stephen King property to hit the big screen this year — The Dark Tower. Meant to kick off a franchise of films, with a cast to back that goal, it ended up falling $10 million short of it’s $60 million budget domestically. The foreign market boosted the overall total to just over $111 million. The lesson: not every Stephen King adaptation can crack $600 million worldwide.
In a recent interview with EW, King opened up about his thoughts on The Dark Tower and why it failed, despite boasting talent such as Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. In short, the studio’s aspirations may have gotten in the way:
“I liked everybody involved with that movie and I liked some of the casting choices for it. I liked [Media Rights Capital producer] Modi Wiczyk, the producer, the director, everybody. So you know I’m always careful what I say about it.
“But I will say this, okay. The real problem, as far as I’m concerned is, they went in to this movie, and I think this was a studio edict pretty much: this is going to be a PG-13 movie. It’s going to be a tentpole movie. We want to make sure that we get people in there from the ages of, let’s say, 12 right on up to whatever the target age is. Let’s say 12 to 35. That’s what we want.”
Despite, King’s best efforts, his attempts to help the creative minds behind the film failed:
“There was a decision made, too, to start it pretty much in the middle, and when they actually made the movie I had doubts about it from the beginning, and expressed them, and didn’t really get too far.”
“Sometimes when people have made up their mind, the creative team that’s actually going to go and shoot the movie, it’s a little bit like hitting your fist against hard rubber, you know? It doesn’t really hurt, but you don’t get anywhere. It just sort of bounces back. And I thought to myself, ‘Well, people are going to be really puzzled by this,’ and they were. So there was some of that problem, too.”
It’s a sad situation for such a creative mind, but there’s still hope that The Dark Tower could be given a second chance — along with King’s input. Talks of a TV series exploring the origins of the Gunslinger are still on the table. According to King, “It might happen” and as for Elba, he’s left in the dark on any movement in that direction.
What do you think? Did the studio’s aspirations ultimately doom the film? And are you interested in a TV series based off the novels? Sound off in the comments.
Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, The Dark Tower also stars Jackie Earle Haley, Tom Taylor and Katheryn Winnick.
The Dark Tower is now available on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray and DVD.
5 Superhero Projects You Should Be Excited About In 2018
Some people may complain about superhero fatigue, but for fans of the genre, 2018 looks like it will be an amazing year. Not only will hit shows like Marvel’s Daredevil and Arrow continue, but there are a lot of new projects coming for superhero fans. Ranging from games to movies, Marvel and DC have been hard at work turning their comic book characters into multimedia icons.
This list doesn’t even include things like New Mutants and The Runaways, two superhero projects coming in 2018. There are so many amazing things coming out of the comic book world, with new projects seemingly announced every day, so this is just a quick rundown of the five things that excite my inner fanboy.
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