With It now the highest grossing horror movie of all time in America, taking in $441.3 million in its first three weeks, King weighs in on why The Dark Tower was not so successful. Not even close. This year’s forgotten child of Stephen King adaptations grossed only $120 million, and garnered reviews such as this one from Uproxx:
The Dark Tower is so astoundingly awful that when you leave the theater you’ll likely be less mad you wasted your time than flabbergasted that something like this could a) happen and b) be released as something that, theoretically, is going to launch a multi-platform franchise.
Pennywise engaging in a victory dance over The Dark Tower. / Via AV Club
And what does King have to say about it all? Speaking to Vulture, he said:
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 behaviour 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.
Last month, it was revealed by the movie’s director Nikolaj Arcel that the TV series, which is a planned continuation of The Dark Tower, is still in the works and will, he says, be “totally canon” with the movie.
Let’s hope the TV series leaves the writers a little more room to manoeuvre as they tackle King’s 3000 page baby.
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