Stephen King Explains Why THE DARK TOWER Movie Failed Says the Series Will Be a Complete Reboot
The awesome stories of Stephen King have been being adapted into films and TV shows for years. He has been providing Hollywood with great content to play with since Carrie in 1976. He's never been more popular than he is right now, though. There have been a string of incredible film and television projects that have been made and released in the past few years and for the most part, they've all been great! Especially, the most recent adaptation of IT.
One recent movie of his that wasn't met with a lot of praise was The Dark Tower. I think I enjoyed the movie more than most people, but after being in and out of development for almost a decade, it wasn't the mindblowing adaptation that fans were hoping for.
During a recent interview with Vulture, King talked about the film and explained why he thought it ultimately failed. Here's what he had to say:
"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."
He went on to briefly talk about the upcoming TV series in development saying that it will be a complete reboot.
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.”
I agree with his thoughts on the film. Even though I enjoyed it for what it was, I don't think they should have toned it down for a PG-13 crowd. It would have been so much better if they would have gone all the way with it and not limit themselves to what they could do with a rating. Studios are slowly learning to tell the kinds of stories that the fans of certain properties want to see.
As for the TV series, it will be interesting to what they ultimately end up doing with it. What do you think about King's thoughts on The Dark Tower?