Flanagan On “Dark Tower” Film Problems

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Following a soar from Netflix to Amazon, acclaimed “The Haunting of Hill Home” and “Midnight Mass” duo Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy revealed their Intrepid Photos label’s bold plans for a display adaptation of Stephen King’s iconic fantasy novel collection “The Darkish Tower”.

Flanagan definitely has expertise adapting King’s works along with his acclaimed movie variations of “Physician Sleep” for Warners and “Gerald’s Sport” for Netflix.

Late final 12 months, Flanagan revealed that the mission is being envisioned as a 5 season collection adopted by two stand-alone options – all of it a mishmash of darkish fantasy, science fantasy, horror and western genres identical to the eight-book saga.

So far, the one display adaptation was 2017’s McConaughey-Elba led movie which is usually seen as a high-profile failure that bears little relation to the supply materials. Glen Mazzara was additionally employed to create a TV model in 2017, however that mission fizzled out early.

Just lately showing on the Script Aside podcast, Flanagan talked about that movie’s mistaken strategy and the way its failure “salted the earth” for future variations like his upcoming take:

“[My Dark Tower adaptation] couldn’t be extra totally different [from the movie]. That was the mistaken strategy to the fabric, form of throughout the board, and it was such the mistaken strategy that I feel it form of salted the earth for anybody else who wished to plant one thing underneath the Darkish Tower banner for who is aware of how lengthy.

However that’s what we’re operating into making an attempt to get the present going, is the film did an unlimited quantity of harm to the potential [of] getting one other iteration up. And so they had been in a position to overcome it for an Amazon [Studios] collection that took one other, totally different strategy once more — that may be very totally different than the one I’m proposing — and that didn’t get off the bottom.

In order that has additionally instantly impacted — and I’m at Amazon! That’s my studio now for tv, and I can perceive going to them and saying ‘Hey, would you prefer to stroll precisely down the identical title that you just spent all this cash on, that you just nonetheless really feel bruised from.’ I perceive the problems.”

Thought of King’s magnum opus, the books chronicle the journey of a hero named Roland Deschain as he makes his approach towards The Darkish Tower: a monolith that stands on the heart of the universe.