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“This is Not Exactly My Novel… But I’m Happy” – Stephen King on ‘The Dark Tower’

After several potential iterations and many years of waiting, the film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is finally arriving in theaters in less than two months. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey star in the Nikolaj Arcel-directed film, which Stephen King has given his personal blessing to.

In an interview with IGN, Arcel just revealed exactly what King wrote to him after seeing the completed film, and he also noted that King provided some notes during the scripting process.

At one point he had, ‘I have some notes for script.’ And he sent us a hard copy of the script, with hand-written notes,” Arcel recalled. “He was very polite and very respectful. It was always like, ‘Maybe Roland doesn’t talk so much here’… he was just like the groundskeeper of the characters.”

He added, “After he saw the film for the first time, [King wrote to me], ‘This is not exactly my novel but this is very much the spirit and the tone. And I’m very happy.'”

Arcel also revealed that The Dark Tower is not a direct adaptation of any of the books in the series, but rather a “canon continuation” of the story in the novels.

Fran Kranz, Jackie Earle Haley, Abbey Lee, and Kathryn Winnick also star.

The Dark Tower was directed by Nikolaj Arcel and produced by Akiva Goldman, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Erica Hughes.

Look for it on August 4, 2017.



  • Brando

    I love this series, but there’s no way this is a canon continuation of the books. In the spirit of, sure.

    • JoeInTheBox

      King already tweeted out and confirmed that Roland of the movie(SPOILER), starts out in possession of the Horn of Eld.

      • Brando

        Just because he has the Horn doesn’t mean it’s a direct continuation; Roland in the books is said to look like a young Clint Eastwood as well as Stephen King (tall, thin); Idris Elba doesn’t look like either.

        • JoeInTheBox

          It’s confirmed to be a sequel. Also, since Roland’s adventure resets, it does stand to reason, why he might also change appearance. If he can’t take his memories with him, why should he take his appearance as well?

          • Brando

            It’s the same Roland every time, its just another turn of the wheel. I doubt he’s ever going to reach the Tower and end up a woman the next go around.

            I’m fine with the movie, it looks good to me even, I just think it’s BS to say that it’s supposed to be the same as the books.

        • McToasty207

          I don’t think he is meant to look like Eastwood actually, though he has his mannerisms. Jake looks at an actual movie poster of Eastwood as The Man with No Name and comments the poster reminds him of Roland though he’s not sure why, eventually realising his eyes look like Roland’s “his Blue Bullshoter Eyes”. Keep in mind Roland is mostly referred to as Tall, Dark and Ugly any Hollywood actor, Eastwood included would’ve been to handsome for the role as described by the books.

  • Victor Ward

    Really wish that Alba and McConoghay switched roles. I think they’re doing a disservice for when (if) they make a sequel that brings Susannah/Odetta in and Roland is now black. Racial tension isn’t quite there anymore.

    • BunnyMunro

      Couldn’t they just make her white? :0

      • Victor Ward

        Now that’s progressive casting! Lol

      • Justin McGill

        so.. does she get thrown on the rail road tracks and lose her legs because of MILITANT black panthers in the 60s? instead of.. you know.. KKK rednecks that cause the REAL Susannah to lose her legs?

    • Frank Gambino

      Yeah, that’d have been better. Elba actually plays a great villian.

    • Munchie

      she could accuse him of being an uncle tom…?

  • Ryan Kuck

    I’m keeping expectations very low.

    • Evil One

      As we all should . . .

    • Necro

      Yep same here

  • Jack Derwent

    King was never going to say anything negative about this. The guy routinely defended the ‘Under the Dome’ show and thought the film version of ‘Dreamcatcher’ was a masterpiece.

  • sixfeetdownsouth

    “This isn’t anything like my novels, but I am extremely happy to collect a fat paycheck from it!”

    • The Drucifer

      So true. He also has terrible taste.

    • Matthew Hutchinson

      Your comment reminds me of a Mastercard commercial I once saw involving a writer who sells his first novel, and it gets optioned for a movie. As the studio begins working out the script, he’s very resistant to changes they want to make to his story, and greatly concerned about maintaining his artistic integrity. Soon afterward, he’s given a massive paycheck, and is arm-in-arm with two gorgeous women while shopping for a luxury car. When the studio checks in with him about the script, he tells them he’s moved on and to do whatever they want with it.

  • Grimphantom
  • The Drucifer

    Are you ready for the most aggressively ok movie you have ever seen? I’m not, it was suppose to be great…

  • Munchie

    looks fucking retarded.

  • King is happy with everything these days…

  • Derek Matthew Shipley

    You bitch when it’s an adaptation because it won’t be as good as the book, then they try to do something different with it and you still bitch because it’s not THE book. You have two powerhouse actors at the height of their careers.. maybe spare a little cautious optimism and maybe… juuuuuuuust maybe.. watch the fucking movie. You might enjoy it. Or just read the book again, forget the movie exists and shut your cock holster.

    • decencybreakin

      bad motherfucker ^^^

  • Tor from Yucca Flats

    think about that last porn video you watched, well with the paycheck from this movie King can afford a private night with her.

    • hellishboy

      Right. Do you measure success in porn tokens?

      • Tor from Yucca Flats

        doesn’t even have to be porn. He could win over every 18 to 25 year old at your local college with the cash he made on this deal.

    • James F. Reilly

      One porn star for a single night? With the money King already made for selling the rights for the flick he could grab up half the porn actresses in the Valley for a year-long coke-fueled sex binge.

  • Buddy Repperton

    Stephen King is very close to joining his pal JK Rowling in believing his full time job is dictating to everyone how they should think and feel about pretty much everything.

  • Tom Martin

    “This is not exactly my novel” right! The main character is a lot darker… Why no one is denouncing this blatant blackwashing

    • Ali

      King himself is fine (and loves) the casting so maybe get over it you white cry baby?

      • Justin M. Dunaway

        lol of course he loved it, with what he got paid they could have turned into a skinamax movie and he would have supported it.

  • I love King’s books, but I have to confess that I never got hooked by the Dark Tower series. I’ve given is a few tries, and plan to give it another go this summer, but I’ve never been able to get further in than the third book. It just doesn’t have the same energy and draw to me as his other novels.

  • Justin M. Dunaway

    It has jack all to do with color, they fucking gutted my favorite books of all time. I think they made him black just so they could say the only reason were against it is cause were rasict. Idrid in the office rocked, alien rocked, pacific rim fucking rocked! He doesn’t need to be the gunslinger. It wasn’t written for the gunslinger to be a buff action hero. But all you race card throwing mutherfuckers would know that had you read the books!

    • Alex Harbie

      First sentence says, “it has nothing to do with color”, then the rest of his rant is exactly about that. At least be consistent.

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