Apocalyptic Western Dark Tower Gunslings to TV, Movies

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Apocalyptic Western Dark Tower Gunslings to TV, Movies

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Stephen King's epic fantasy/sci-fi/western The Dark Tower will likely be putting holes through movie and television screens in the near future.

A deal is being finalized that will bring Stephen King's The Dark Tower to both big and little screens. As reported by Deadline, big time companies such as Universal are involved in attempts to bring the epic to television and movies with Akiva Goldsman writing the script and Ron Howard on board to direct, similar to The Da Vinci Code film translation. The team behind television enigma Lost - J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse - was once working on a translation of The Dark Tower, but couldn't seal the deal.

The Dark Tower is a seven-book series, with an eighth on the way, released by King from the early 80s through to the mid-2000s. It focuses on gunslinger Roland Deschain as he basically tries to battle an insurmountable evil and save his post-apocalyptic world by making a trek to the mysterious and mystical Dark Tower, where the spider-like Crimson King resides. The story has the strong feel of a western, but also incorporates elements of magic and sci-fi and takes place in a wasteland that could be a future Earth (if magic existed) with abandoned oil fields and rusty tanks left over from a previous civilization. The sci-fi and magic comes in with the giant laser weaponry and psychic mentally challenged children.

Some would say The Dark Tower is King's answer to J.R.R. Tolkein's Lord of the Rings, but with a dark/horror feel as would be expected from the author. It's most recently been in geek consciousness due to the awesome comic prequel books being put out by Marvel. If books aren't your thing, but books with pictures are, get your hands on the first Dark Tower graphic novel collection and give the series a try. It's sadly a post-apocalyptic world without zombies, but don't worry, there are plenty of mutants. Hopefully, any possible movie trilogy or television series will remember the face of its father.

Source: Deadline

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YAY for the first four books.
BOO for the last three.

Though I imagine the finale to be changed, since the ending to the book series was absolutely horrible.

Akiva Goldsman? Fuck this then.

i wonder how they will transcribe some of the dialogue.

This means I'm going to need to actually finish the books I guess.

About damn time. I love this series, Now they just have to do a good job.

dradiscontact:
This means I'm going to need to actually finish the books I guess.

Don't. It's only going to depress you. It's really really bad, especially the last book.
When Stephen King made himself a character in the book I should've known he jumped the shark.

I think those things in the long tunnel come pretty close to zombies. X-P

Can't wait. Also, the end of the books was not good for a reason. It showed the there was an endless cycle for Roland, with only a small hope of his quest ever changing for the better.

Cliff_m85:

dradiscontact:
This means I'm going to need to actually finish the books I guess.

Don't. It's only going to depress you. It's really really bad, especially the last book.
When Stephen King made himself a character in the book I should've known he jumped the shark.

I might still like it. I've always liked Stephen King's work. I only made it to the end of the third Dark Tower book before I got distracted by something else (probably some video game), but I remember liking it up to that point.

Holy shit, there's an eighth?!

Totally saw this one coming. Could make for a killer mini-series.
No movie could do the epic nature of it justice, tho.
Balls ending to the whole deal, but definitely a unique premise for something sorta fantasy-ish...

Terrible books, terrible writer, certainly a terrible combination.

Did the Dark Tower series have the worst ending for anything ever, or did the Dark Tower series have the worst ending for anything ever?

Loop Stricken:
Holy shit, there's an eighth?!

so someone else actually read this too!! i love the books!! the comics dont even cover enough of the story, but they are good as well! book 8 could be a weird copout for people who didnt understand the journey though. but its still King and i will always read his books no matter how "meh" they become, just because some are amazing.
ABOUT TIME THIS BECAME A MOVIE!
just dont make it flaky like Desperation
make it pwn like Rita Hayworth or maybe Misery
bring it hardcore "i feel like im reading the book again" style
SSDD

Tom Goldman:
...The Dark Tower is a seven-book series, with an eighth on the way, released by King from the early 80s through to the mid-2000s. It...

W-w-what? Awesome!

I'm not really interested in the movie though, as I highly doubt it would really work, but who knows?

DarthLurtz:
Can't wait. Also, the end of the books was not good for a reason. It showed the there was an endless cycle for Roland, with only a small hope of his quest ever changing for the better.

Yes! Someone else understands! I thought the ending was brilliant. Makes you wonder how things had played out before we got pulled into this pass through .

Ponch:

DarthLurtz:
Can't wait. Also, the end of the books was not good for a reason. It showed the there was an endless cycle for Roland, with only a small hope of his quest ever changing for the better.

Yes! Someone else understands! I thought the ending was brilliant. Makes you wonder how things had played out before we got pulled into this pass through .

Yeah I thought that too.

"Sorry Roland... you... er, forgot your hat, yeah that's right! Back to the start!"

I was iffy about the ending, but saw it as some higher power *Ahem* King *Ahem* trying to redeem himself to his character. The never ending cycle has been used in many stories and a few animes/magnas such as Wolfs Rain, Mighty Max to name another, and Nordic myths to go further.)

OT: While I look with skepticism on how this will all play out, i'll at least give it a chance.

So Stephen King's self-proclaimed magnum opus comes to our screens? Sounds great!

The ending was complete crap though.

Mixed feelings. If HBO was doing it I'd be more psyched.

Loved the books, up to the end and got me wondering how many times Roland had to go through all that.

dradiscontact:

Cliff_m85:

dradiscontact:
This means I'm going to need to actually finish the books I guess.

Don't. It's only going to depress you. It's really really bad, especially the last book.
When Stephen King made himself a character in the book I should've known he jumped the shark.

I might still like it. I've always liked Stephen King's work. I only made it to the end of the third Dark Tower book before I got distracted by something else (probably some video game), but I remember liking it up to that point.

I was a giant fan of his. Loved the books 1-4. 5-6 were a choir to read. The last books were utter shit. Especially the ending. It's actually worse in the shititude scale to the ending of "Black House".

Daystar Clarion:

Ponch:

DarthLurtz:
Can't wait. Also, the end of the books was not good for a reason. It showed the there was an endless cycle for Roland, with only a small hope of his quest ever changing for the better.

Yes! Someone else understands! I thought the ending was brilliant. Makes you wonder how things had played out before we got pulled into this pass through .

Yeah I thought that too.

"Sorry Roland... you... er, forgot your hat, yeah that's right! Back to the start!"

Sorry Roland, your princess is in another castle.

Really glad to finally see this although I have mixed feelings, The first 3 books and the 5th were the strongest out of the series, 2 and 3 being my favoutire, can you get any more crazy than

Not sure how they would do Jake though, he was my favourite character and I' am worried the actor would age to much between shooting, The books take part over a short period of time, although in the books Jake does mature a lot so I really don't know.

For fans of SK - The Dome is going to be made into a HBO series as well :)

Daystar Clarion:

Ponch:

DarthLurtz:
Can't wait. Also, the end of the books was not good for a reason. It showed the there was an endless cycle for Roland, with only a small hope of his quest ever changing for the better.

Yes! Someone else understands! I thought the ending was brilliant. Makes you wonder how things had played out before we got pulled into this pass through .

Yeah I thought that too.

"Sorry Roland... you... er, forgot your hat, yeah that's right! Back to the start!"

when i was nearly at the end of the "tower" i sooo hoped that it will end exactly like it did. Because i never wanted it to be over ;) i really love this story

Cliff_m85:

dradiscontact:

Cliff_m85:

dradiscontact:
This means I'm going to need to actually finish the books I guess.

Don't. It's only going to depress you. It's really really bad, especially the last book.
When Stephen King made himself a character in the book I should've known he jumped the shark.

I might still like it. I've always liked Stephen King's work. I only made it to the end of the third Dark Tower book before I got distracted by something else (probably some video game), but I remember liking it up to that point.

I was a giant fan of his. Loved the books 1-4. 5-6 were a choir to read. The last books were utter shit. Especially the ending. It's actually worse in the shititude scale to the ending of "Black House".

Really? I liked the endings of both, the ending of the dark tower just worked perfectly for me, the end of Black House seemed kind of weak to me but I enjoyed it.

Forever of the Stars:

Cliff_m85:

dradiscontact:

Cliff_m85:
[quote="dradiscontact" post="7.192289.6056045"]This means I'm going to need to actually finish the books I guess.

Don't. It's only going to depress you. It's really really bad, especially the last book.
When Stephen King made himself a character in the book I should've known he jumped the shark.

I might still like it. I've always liked Stephen King's work. I only made it to the end of the third Dark Tower book before I got distracted by something else (probably some video game), but I remember liking it up to that point.

I was a giant fan of his. Loved the books 1-4. 5-6 were a choir to read. The last books were utter shit. Especially the ending. It's actually worse in the shititude scale to the ending of "Black House".

I loved 1-3 and 5, 4 was good but after the ending of 3 I don't think the flashbacks worked, I disagree on 5 though, Wolves of the Calla was a great book, the character development was very good.

Because it's true.

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Kins books never have great endings though, he even admits it in 7, "stop reading now if you don't want to be disapointed" What he is great at is character development and taking you on a great journey, Thats what I got from The Dark tower books anyway, the journey was the best part, While some of the books didn't live up to the standards i.e. 4,6 and 7 the rest were great, The drawing of the three is epic and addictive, The Waste lands probably 2nd best.

Potentially good things can come of this.

But since it's Hollywood... Potentially worse things can come of this.

I loved this series; the whole thing was just epic, for want of a better word. The fourth was possibly my favourite. I saw this coming ages ago, but I doubt a TV series would really capture the scope and scale of the books. The same goes for anything less than a series of films.

I've not heard of the guy working on the adaptation though, so I'm not sure what to expect...

Kingsman:
Potentially good things can come of this.

But since it's Hollywood... Potentially worse things can come of this.

I know what you mean, Getting people who have not read the books to understand what is happening is going to be well hard,

Think about it, different locations in time, Roland using the doors and being inside peoples heads how do you convey that in film?

Daystar Clarion:

Ponch:

DarthLurtz:
Can't wait. Also, the end of the books was not good for a reason. It showed the there was an endless cycle for Roland, with only a small hope of his quest ever changing for the better.

Yes! Someone else understands! I thought the ending was brilliant. Makes you wonder how things had played out before we got pulled into this pass through .

Yeah I thought that too.

"Sorry Roland... you... er, forgot your hat, yeah that's right! Back to the start!"

My personal take: He has to keep going through the cycle until everything that was important survives, showcased by the once lost and broken horn.

On a side note, yeah, I think the last few books were not as good as the earlier stuff, but I blame that on his car wreck- he was probably in a rush to complete the series before he died (as he almost did).

Finally: God, I hope they don't screw this up.

Cliff_m85:

dradiscontact:
This means I'm going to need to actually finish the books I guess.

Don't. It's only going to depress you. It's really really bad, especially the last book.
When Stephen King made himself a character in the book I should've known he jumped the shark.

As long as you don't read to the very end (the part where he basically tells you to stop), the ending isn't that bad. Its just when you read the 'true' ending that it blows goats

After looking at the various projects and films the director and producer have both worked on...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akiva_Goldsman
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Howard
I can safely say that this movie, if it is truly going to try cramming all seven books into one sitting, is going to be mediocre at best. There's a fair chance it will not do that well, actually. This has the stench of a sell-out all over it. And given that King's novels have a notoriously bad habit of sucking when being transposed onto the big screen...

Yeah, I'm betting money that this will suck balls. No one's going to give it the respect it deserves, not this late after publication.

Forever of the Stars:

Cliff_m85:

dradiscontact:

Cliff_m85:

dradiscontact:
This means I'm going to need to actually finish the books I guess.

Don't. It's only going to depress you. It's really really bad, especially the last book.
When Stephen King made himself a character in the book I should've known he jumped the shark.

I might still like it. I've always liked Stephen King's work. I only made it to the end of the third Dark Tower book before I got distracted by something else (probably some video game), but I remember liking it up to that point.

I was a giant fan of his. Loved the books 1-4. 5-6 were a choir to read. The last books were utter shit. Especially the ending. It's actually worse in the shititude scale to the ending of "Black House".

Really? I liked the endings of both, the ending of the dark tower just worked perfectly for me, the end of Black House seemed kind of weak to me but I enjoyed it.

You mean you enjoyed the main character tracking down the evil villian, finally finding him, and just immediately shooting him and killing him with no epic showdown? *shrugs* Different strokes.

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