Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

The Dark Tower TV Series Lands Former Walking Dead Showrunner

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Hannah Rogers | 04 August, 2017, 00:07

In 2015, Sony Pictures announced they were working with Media Rights Capital to fast-track The Dark Tower adaptation for an early 2017 release - though the film had since been delayed to August 2017. He continues to accuse director Nikolaj Arcel of wasting the two leads in Elba and McConaughey, and concludes: "This unholy mess shouldn't happen to a king, let alone a paying customer".

The movie certainly had potential.

It really is too bad that we still don't have the film adaptation that The Dark Tower series rightly deserves. The Man in Black is evil personified. Plus, the books are popular, so you presumably have a built-in audience. He spends his time sketching what he sees when he sleeps and goes so far to protect those drawings as to punch a schoolmate who tries to take them.

The Dark Tower is a sci-fi horror western action-thriller fantasy epic - if there is such a thing. His realization is cut short by visitors.

The Dark Tower has a Harry-Potter-in-the-Wild-West vibe that's none too deep but easy enough to like.

When Howard was attached, the plan became to adapt to series into a handful of movies, as well as a connected cable-TV series. But beyond that, why?

For two weeks now, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk has been topping the box office but its time will soon be over with the coming of The Dark Tower. For example, the fact that the Gunslinger's guns are forged from some other-realm Excalibur, a unusual tidbit that is mentioned once, and then never touched on again.

'We find out he's a boy when he's born.

'We shot this on time and on budget.

This seeming re-take on the first novel of The Dark Tower, from Jake's perspective, was actually widely-advertised as a sequel to the book series, which on its face is not an unwelcome proposition - but there's nothing in the movie to actually make this crucial fact known.

Truthfully, this movie may be all fans of the book series may ever get, so enjoy it.

The film was, at least, cast well.

Elba is impressive as the last gunslinger; he can make firing a pistol look like ballet.

McConaughey has previously said that he has been offered roles for both Marvel and DC Comics movie, yet he's turned them all down. Mazzara replaced Frank Darabont as showrunner for Season 2 of the hit post-apocalypse series and oversaw almost a quarter of the show's existing episodes.

I should admit upfront that my personal knowledge of the Dark Tower series is fairly limited, so I can't speak to how closely the movie follows the books with true expertise. (A slower movie would have deepened the characters and brought out their motivations for members of the audience who don't already know that stuff from the novels.) But that's also partly because of Elba, who is one of those movie stars you can't take your eyes off of. Still, he's played well by Tom Taylor, who taps into raw emotions naturally and expressively.

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