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The Dark Tower Update

Alive and Well

By Robert T. Trate     September 18, 2013
Source: Empire Magazine

In August of 2012 Entertainment Weekly reported that the Stephen King adaptation of “The Dark Tower” was not going to make it to the big screen (see article). On September 17th, Empire Magazine had an exclusive story that The Dark Tower is alive and well. Here are highlights from Empire’s interview with Ron Howard on the adaptation of the book. 

From the Empire Pod Cast

"The Dark Tower is something that we’re still working on. We’ve all taken a vow of silence about the progress, the headway, what we think our timetable is, because I don’t think I realised how much media interest there was in the title and how much excitement there was.

"It’s a fascinating, powerful possibility and even Stephen King acknowledges it’s a tricky adaptation, but to be honest, from a financing side, it’s not a straightforward, four-quadrant, sunny superhero story – it’s dark, it’s horror. That edge is what appeals to me, the complexities of those characters is what appeals to all of us. And I think Stephen King really respects that, with [regular screenwriting collaborator] Akiva Goldsman and myself, that that’s what we love about it, and that’s what we want to try to get to the screen.

"So my answer is: it got delayed, it’s never gone away. We’re working on it, and Stephen is very patient with us, and Akiva’s just gone off and directed a movie [an adaptation of Mark Helprin’s novel, Winter’s Tale, starring Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly and Will Smith], I’m continuing to work, but the Dark Tower dreams – fever dreams, rather – are still there, but we’re not going to give it a timetable.

There you have Maniacs. Alive and well, but will it feature Stephen King playing himself? 

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Sanity 9/18/2013 9:36:09 AM

 King took the liberty of going back and changing parts of the original printed story in re-prints.  I wish he'd do it again and take himself OUT of the story this time.  The changes he made to the original version and writing himself into the story were the only two things about those books I didn't like.

midas1108@gmail.com_home 9/18/2013 11:07:20 AM

"We're working on it, and Stephen is very patient with us"

I think the last person on the planet that should be impatient about something related to the Dark Tower is Stephen King. :)

lusiphur 9/19/2013 6:41:54 AM

 I really don't think King cares a lick about the movie adaptations of his works.  Remember, he signed off on (and appeared in) Skinwalkers, Thinner, Maximum Overdrive, and the Langoliers.  All, in my opinion, pure crapfests.  I think he may have given up after his battles with Kubrik on The Shining.

As for The Dark Tower, I say take as much time as needed to get it right.  How would you feel about them doing The Gunslinger as a movie and then continuing the series on HBO or Showtime?  I would watch it.

Sanity 9/19/2013 7:26:19 AM

 lusiphur...I think they could do more than just The Gunslinger as a movie.  It would be cool if they put The Gunslinger on the big screen...did The Drawing of the Three as an HBO season...and then made The Wastelands into another movie.  It could go back and forth like that and end with The Dark Tower as a movie.  Each of those books would lend themselves better to their respective screen size.  Book two for instance, takes place on a beach...and in cities.  No huge backdrops or expensive shooting locations.  Anyway...just my thoughts.

jd25u 9/19/2013 11:47:51 AM

 @lushiper ... You can add "Under the Dome" to that list.

I can't see any justice being done to the Dark Tower series unless it were either done on Premium Cable TV (ie. HBO/Showtime/etc), or through a series of movies (not rated PG-13).

CalamityJohnson 9/19/2013 1:09:28 PM

The Dark Tower pre-history was done in comic form to AMAZING efficacy several years back. It tells the tale of where our hero comes from and really describes and details the world where this story takes place. Did I already comment that is was AMAZING work? I would love it if this story was told from the beginning and then jumped into the Dark Tower series with the background foundation. Those stories deserve to be told on the big screen.

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