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Stephen King Says “The Dark Tower” Series Would Be a Reboot

The adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower wasn’t just to begin a new film franchise but was also supposed to spread across other platforms, including television. After bombing in its theatrical run ($110M worldwide gross on a $60M budget), reports still indicated that the producers would continue to move forward on a series. In fact, just two months ago it was announced that Glen Mazzara, who ran “The Walking Dead” between 2011 and 2013, has come aboard “The Dark Tower” as showrunner. Even with this news we were convinced that the franchise is all but dead. In a new interview with King, he reveals that they’ll need to do a complete reboot, while also offering his reasoning for the film’s failures.

“The major challenge was to do a film based on a series of books that’s really long, about 3,000 pages,” King told Vulture. “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,” he added. “It would be like a complete reboot, so we’ll just have to see.”

The movie was ill-advised from the start being that it spanned over 8 books and 3,000 pages. A television series, on the other hand, would make a whole lot of sense and allow for world and character building over several seasons. It appears by doing things ass-backward they may have shot themselves in the foot and killed this franchise dead before it even had a chance to breathe.

The series, in development through Media Rights Capital and Sony Pictures Television, is currently in its early stages. A network is not yet attached and is being eyed for a short-order (between 10 and 13 episodes) and a home on cable or streaming outlets.



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  • MrX13

    The movie was alright, kind of disappointed but non the less, alright. Lets see how this TV series turns out. As for me, this would have been better as a rated R movie AND directly from the book.

  • I haven’t seen the film because it sounded like a disaster from the start, and I prefer t wait for those on disc rather than sitting in a theater for them. Plus I hate Matthew McConaughey. But wasn’t this originally supposed to START as a TV series, THEN make the leap to film? That at least seemed like a reasonable plan for adapting something so epic.

  • Shay Lauderdale

    One of my fav books series ever….. I loved every single one of the 7 books. The story was just so unique & the characters really got you in the heart. You cared about what happened to them. But that is what Stephen King has always done with his novels………. Great characters & story telling. Full of HEART…..
    Even though I am a huge fan, I was still trying to stay optimistic when I saw the first trailer. But the movie looked like all of the other action movies to come out after the Matrix….. This movie was made just to make money. I call these movies the grey-beige films….. It all looks either black, grey, or beige……. These types of films are all soulless & empty on the inside.
    Sometimes they get them right like with the Matrix or a movie I just recently watched Ghost in the Shell (I am a huge anime fan & they did that story complete justice… I was mind-blown!!)
    I think that this should have just been made into a TV Series or a Netflix show to binge……The movie was just unnecessary & a way to ruin the franchise before it even started. I do not understand at all. Did they really think turning a graphic novel into a PG-13 YA movie would make tons of money????? NO

  • ShadowInc

    It should have been a long for tv project to begin with. Making the movie was a colossal waste of time, money, and talent.

  • Khy

    And keep Roland white. I like Idris but that change was one that alienated a huge portion of fans from jump.

    • zonilo1 .

      Like there’s already enough White Male protagonists.

      • Khy

        Excellent logic, Create new unique kick ass black characters? Nah. Turn established white characters black out of laziness? YUP.

        The exact problem with Hollywood.

        • Justin McGill

          was there something wrong with Susannah being a KICK ASS black character? I thought she was pretty )%*%ING awesome.. but.. we won’t get to see her because the idiots %)*%ED up Chapter 1.. jeez..

        • SpaceManSpliffz .

          the exact problem with non fans that insert themselves into a conversation they know nothing about. case in point: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/66cb3f95cea70e554b42e5144039cf13ba13080877dcc63b04a4978794684227.jpg

          • Khy

            What does you dropping a picture of Susannah have to do with Roland being lazily made black?

            Susannah is an original unique black character…but she wasn’t in the film. So what the fuck was your point?

          • SpaceManSpliffz .

            i’m not here to spell it out for you, only to show you the irony of your stupid comment

      • Jack Derwent

        If that’s your concern then make Jake Asian. Doesn’t change any plot whereas Roland being black significantly alters his relationship with another black character. Plus there are no Asian leads in DT so it makes the series even more diverse. win-win.

        • Khy

          Exactly. I’m not one that gets bent out of shape when a character is race bent, especially if its a character who’s race literally is irrelevent.In the case of a character like Sue Snell from Carrie- I have no issue with a black actress playing the role in the ’02 remake because race does not change the course of her character in the plot at all. You can read the novel and picture a pretty white girl, pretty black girl, or pretty asian girl as Sue and it doesn’t change anything.

          But Roland’s race is paramount to his character identity and the story as you pointed out. That kind of race bending is unneeded. When race is an important trait to the character- leave it be.

  • The movie shouldn’t have tried to shove so much material into a single film. The Dark Tower should have been a multi-movie epic, in a similar structure to the Harry Potter franchise.

    • 0Father0Satan0Sun

      Don’t forget The Lord of the Rings as well, which made it out perfectly.

      • Drakk_Mallor

        Wasn’t Frodo brave in the books and not a coward?

  • Drakk_Mallor

    I didn’t go see the movie because the books fucking sucked and I have no interest in seeing an adaptation of garbage that Stephen King shat out just to get our money, because after the van hit him he decided “fuck it, i might as well milk the suckers dry! The universe is so random, hell, I could be hit by a friggin’ van!” Spoilers below. The books sucked.

    Stephen King wrote the first one, the best one, as some coked up attempt at writing something like LOTR. He was gonna leave the series unfinished until he got hit by that van and that made him change his mind (see above). Even then the only way he could finish them was by going back and re-writing the first book to change it to fit his new ideas, all of which sucked. Picture if you will a bunch of Doctor Dooms riding robot horses throwing Harry Potter snitches or whatever they are. The flying gold fast quidditch balls. Those are the “Wolves of the Calla”. They’re scary to the stupid villagers in the book but they’re literally designed by the bad guys within the book to look like Doctor Dooms riding robot horses throwing quidditch balls. Oh, the Doctor Dooms have metal wolf masks instead of Doctor Doom masks, though, so, whatever. The books get that stupid.

    Odetta/Detta/Susannah wasn’t in the movie because any black audience with an ounce of self-respect would throw their shoes at the screen as soon as ‘Detta’ opened her mouth. The tough as nails, jawbone collecting, soulless Man-with-No-Name Gunslinger who solved problems by killing women and children and using his dick to satisfy ghosts becomes a generic Mary Sue who is the best at everything and just wants a family to replace the one he lost in his ridiculously masturbatory tortured past.

    Wizard and Glass came out in 1997, during what seems to have been the last big peak of the printed word being a viable form of mass entertainment, and King and Grant had the sheer assholishness to make the damn thing 45 dollars. Imagine 45 dollars times the millions expected to sell for a much anticipated Stephen King book (the last book ended with a cliffhanger, keep in mind! And everyone’s favorite Man with No Face walking into the story!) and tell me it wasn’t just garbage he threw together as a cash grab. Then he got hit and thought, “Eh, life’s too short not to get all you can get.” and crapped out 3 more.

    There are no rules in the Dark Tower universe, there’s no basic arena of parameters for the characters to solve problems within. One minute they’re in a post apocalypse world fighting mutants and boom, here comes a cyborg bear from some totally other book from the 70s. Now here’s an evil monorail. Now here’s a floating door back to whatever time period, ever, because ‘i’m stephen king, fuck you”. Now here’s Stephen King shoehorning in how much he liked “O Brother Where Art Thou” by having Roland be the best commalah dancer, wtf ever that is. Here’s everyone’s favorite bad guy Flagg being pointlessly killed by some other crap villain Stephen King just made up 2 seconds ago. Oh, and Wizard of Oz crap. Now here’s the Crimson King from Insomnia who everyone thought was gonna have some connection with Pennywise or even maybe Sauron somehow-no wait he’s nothing and he sucks. The apocalyptic, unimaginable finale where Roland faces the BEAST, the Beast which is the Destruction of One’s Own Soul (hey, that kinda sounds like the Deadlights…) NO; no Beast, no climax, no anything. We get nothing. The whole story just admits to being pointless, pats us on the shoulder and says, “Well gee golly, constant reader, isn’t it really all about the journey??”

    No, it’s not. It sucks and Stephen King failed and that’s why most of the fans didn’t go see the movie. Because they didn’t care because the books sucked. “Hey, look! A preview for a Dark Tower movie! Remember those books?” “Yeah, they sure were good like in 1994…” “Yep. Oh well, not paying 50 bucks for seats and popcorn to see shit made out of shit.” “Amen.”

    • Jeff

      Stephen King has always put multiple books out a year.All your doing is being a arm chair quarterback with the movie.Also to state no one liked the books are as foolish as your rant.Look at the user reviews or overall reviews of the books.You get a gold star for a third grade rant.

      • Drakk_Mallor

        It’s one space after a comma, two spaces after a period, you dumb kneejerk dipshit. The Dark Tower books fucking sucked and I don’t care how many people like them.

        • Jeff

          Your reviews write like a child with no structured criticism.Are you serious a bunch of Dr.Dooms with a wolf mask.That is something you hit home not once but twice.These books have won many literary award including the much heralded Bram Stokers award for best horror novel.You are welcome to your opinion but your opinion is not on the popular end.These books receive rave reviews by many and unliked by few.Please don’t be upset and hit some kid at recess.Dont be late for the bus.Haha hehe I win.

          • Drakk_Mallor

            Only the last one won an award, and it was the 2005 British Fantasy Award. Others received nominations and didn’t win because better books came out those years. The only reason the last book probably won is because they were glad there wouldn’t be anymore of them. You’re an illiterate troll who doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

          • Papa_spoosh

            I’d say that a book series that keeps you around for 3,000 pages, and that you claim to know everything there is to know about, can not suck. A series that sucks is one you give up on way before finishing.

          • Drakk_Mallor

            One doesn’t give up on things they love until all hope is truly gone.

          • ReaperMike83

            Clearly not illiterate since he read and wrote a response to your lame attempt at a review.

        • Jeff

          1997 was the last year for books being popular.Where do you come up with such nonsense.Also ebooks are just as expensive.

    • Jeff

      Your such an angry lad.You talk about writing when you use illegitimate words and illiterate sentences.Your just upset because you were unable to read the books.Stay in school and don’t be a fool.

    • Jeff

      Here is a sample of your review.You know what it like sucks.Oh yeah really,right that sucks.Dr Doom with wolf mask yeah that like sucks.Your something along the line if Beavis and Butthead would review books. Here is your comeback. You don’t have enough spaces between your sentences you anal nerd.

  • ReaperMike83

    Should never have been made as an hour and a half movie in the first place. It’s a sprawling epic story that should have been developed as at least an 8 part series to begin with. The fan base is there, the execution was totally wrong.

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