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05.05.2017by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Reasons You Should Be Excited for The Dark Tower

Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER is a massive epic series of novels that has been translated into different forms of media but is only now making it's way to the big screen after a long stint in development hell. Fans of the adventures of Roland Deschain, The Last Gunslinger of Gilead know how exciting it is that the trailer for Nicholas Arcel's film has finally debuted but many of the uninitiated are probably wondering what the fuss is all about. With that in mind, here is our ranking of the ten reasons you should be excited for THE DARK TOWER.

#10 - It is unlike any other series out there

THE DARK TOWER culls from a long line of genre series (more on that later) but it is because this saga comes from the pen of Stephen King that makes it so unique. King has an incredible gift for crafting multi-dimensional characters, hero and villain alike, and those that populate THE DARK TOWER are some of his best. These are very flawed characters and if we get the chance for sequels that introduce fan favorites like Eddie Dean and Susannah, audiences are going to be very excited about what comes next.

#9 - A massive world(s) to explore

THE DARK TOWER film appears to be set primarily between Roland's world, known as Mid-World, and our Earth. Readers of the books know that the Tower itself is a lynchpin that connects various dimensions. Because of that, the Tower is represented as a monolith in Mid-World and looks like a rose on Earth. This also opens up the narrative to travel into very distinct and unique looking settings that shift the tone of the story from fantasy to science fiction and beyond.

#8 - Idris Elba finally gets his showcase

Elba has been a fan favorite for years and delivered stellar turns on TV series like Luther and The Wire (and a brief stint on The Office). On the big screen, he has been great in PACIFIC RIM and has long been bandied as a potential James Bond successor. But, with THE DARK TOWER, Elba finally gets the leading man role in a potentially long running franchise that could define him as a leading man. If the trailers are any indication, Elba is about to make a lot of King fans very happy with his portrayal of the last gunslinger.

#7 - This is not your traditional book adaptation

THE DARK TOWER has had a long road to the big screen. The consistent delay has been difficulty in finding a way to translate the epic scale of Stephen King's eight novel series onto the big screen. Because of the density of the material, multiple screenwriters and directors failed to realize the story until Nicholas Arcel came on and elected to make THE DARK TOWER into a sequel. Without getting into spoilers, THE DARK TOWER serves to continue where the last novel in the series left off and present a continuation and reboot of the story that also operates within the same narrative. It may sound confusing but it is a bold way to tell the same story without affecting the original tale.

#6 - Everyone has been trying to make this movie

From J.J. Abrams, Carlton Cuse, and Damon Lindelof to Ron Howard, THE DARK TOWER has seen it's fair share of creative forces try to get this movie made. For almost two decades, we have been teased with the potential to see THE DARK TOWER as a series on premium cable to a big budget tentpole and even a combination of both. Both Russell Crowe and Javier Bardem have been attached or rumored for the role of Roland Deschain only to have the sheer scale of the project buckle beneath it. You don't often get that type of dedication to a project if it doesn't have potential.

#5 - It is not just a Western

THE DARK TOWER is a dense series that shifts between being a Western to a science fiction or fantasy adventure. There is horror (lots of it) in the form of monsters and vampires as well as romance and drama. Stephen King has long said the series was inspired by spaghetti westerns and that is certainly where the story begins, but it soon shifts into a wide array of genres that make the series wholly unique.

#4 - It is like STAR WARS meets THE LORD OF THE RINGS

Like STAR WARS and THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THE DARK TOWER has a huge fan base who have been clamoring to see this movie get realized. Like both of those iconic series, THE DARK TOWER centers on a rogue hero who bands together with a team (or ka-tet in DARK TOWER parlance) who are destined to save multiple worlds. There is humor and tragedy mixed in but the full team (whom will not be seen until future films) is one of the most memorable in literature and rank alongside the creations of George Lucas and J.R.R. Tolkien.

#3 - It is connected to virtually every Stephen King novel

When delving into THE DARK TOWER books, you have to prepare yourself for more than eight novels. Yes, the main series is comprised of seven main novels and a spin-off of sorts but there are also dozens of connections to other Stephen King novels. Most prominently The Stand, Salem's Lot, It, The Shining, The Talisman, and Insomnia connect to THE DARK TOWER in ways that are apparent from the trailer for THE DARK TOWER. While you should read THE DARK TOWER novels in order, you will get a lot more out of them if you read all of King's other books, too.

#2 - Pop Culture Connections

Harry Potter, Clint Eastwood, THE WIZARD OF OZ, SEVEN SAMURAI, and Romeo and Juliet. While these may seem like random references, they are but a few of the massive number of stories and films that Stephen King has connected to THE DARK TOWER. I am not sure how they could possibly get all of the clearance needed to feature these in the feature films but like King's other novels, these classic stories and movies are built into the narrative of THE DARK TOWER. To say how or why would be a major spoiler but trust me that you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that Stephen King is as much of a fanboy as we are.

#1 - An epic 35 years in the making

After Stephen King's horrific accident in 1999, it seemed like we may not find out how the quest of Roland would end. But, King surprised us all when he wrote the final 3 novels in the series and gave us the conclusion of this amazing literary adventure. Since then, he has added another novel, multiple new comic book stories that add to the back story, and an online game called Discordia that advances the story even further. The films, which have King's seal of approval, look to enhance that legacy even further. With everything out there to absorb in this tale, it is exciting to realize that a larger audience is about to discover one of the best tales of all time.

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9:29PM on 05/05/2017
I have read THE GUNSLINGER at least 7 times, books 2-4 over five times each, and the final three at least twice each. I am not looking forward to this movie. Many of the reasons stated in this advertisement are the very reason I do NOT have enthusiasm for it. I don't care that Idris is a black gunslinger. If anything, maybe Susanna MIGHT show up and she will hate him for being a "honky lover". It looks like they have turned it into a brainless fantasy that has shirked the Spaghetti Western feel
I have read THE GUNSLINGER at least 7 times, books 2-4 over five times each, and the final three at least twice each. I am not looking forward to this movie. Many of the reasons stated in this advertisement are the very reason I do NOT have enthusiasm for it. I don't care that Idris is a black gunslinger. If anything, maybe Susanna MIGHT show up and she will hate him for being a "honky lover". It looks like they have turned it into a brainless fantasy that has shirked the Spaghetti Western feel of Roland. That's fault number one. I will discontinue my rant about all the other shit that looks like they have DUMBED DOWN the Dark Tower series and just want to keep the 'wow it looks cool' theme alive.
I would say it is "inspired by characters created by Stephen King".
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6:57PM on 05/05/2017
I've read the entire series several times, and I'm excited about the way they're doing these movies, as sequels to the books. To sit and whine about it is just goofy.
I've read the entire series several times, and I'm excited about the way they're doing these movies, as sequels to the books. To sit and whine about it is just goofy.
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4:06PM on 05/05/2017

Look sold to me..

But my only concern is I am getting a JOHN CARTER feel with this film meaning JOHN CARTER (not the book) basically rip off every single sci-fi movie and all. And I feel THE DARK TOWER is doing the same. It looks awesome, dont' get me wrong but a part of me think its looks like JONAH HEX, MATRIX, and countless others. I'm hoping it doesn't turn out like JOHN CARTER did.
But my only concern is I am getting a JOHN CARTER feel with this film meaning JOHN CARTER (not the book) basically rip off every single sci-fi movie and all. And I feel THE DARK TOWER is doing the same. It looks awesome, dont' get me wrong but a part of me think its looks like JONAH HEX, MATRIX, and countless others. I'm hoping it doesn't turn out like JOHN CARTER did.
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3:50PM on 05/05/2017
This "article" brought to you by Columbia Pictures.
This "article" brought to you by Columbia Pictures.
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3:49PM on 05/05/2017

Looks Amazing

Any true fan of the series knows how it ends, and knows this is a continuation of the original story. Many things will be different. Many will be the same. Idris brings a certain grittiness to the character that the books also portrayed. I am more excited about this than any movie this yr. Fans of the series can either help promote this so that we can see the rest of the story on the big screen ( or cable), or they can talk shit and ruin it's chances. The whole thing of the book is "There are
Any true fan of the series knows how it ends, and knows this is a continuation of the original story. Many things will be different. Many will be the same. Idris brings a certain grittiness to the character that the books also portrayed. I am more excited about this than any movie this yr. Fans of the series can either help promote this so that we can see the rest of the story on the big screen ( or cable), or they can talk shit and ruin it's chances. The whole thing of the book is "There are other worlds than these", meaning anything is possible. I'm excited to follow this trip along the beam and meat his ka' tet in future installments.
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3:37PM on 05/05/2017
Elba as the leading man is a negative in any true fan of the books eye. This movie needed to take cues from The Lord of the Rings movies and instead is taking them from Jonah Hex. If the trailers are anything to go by, then terrible casting aside, it looks like they really missed the mark on what could've been an Oscar worthy adaptation. Instead it looks like we're getting another Resident Evil/Underworld style action movie.
Elba as the leading man is a negative in any true fan of the books eye. This movie needed to take cues from The Lord of the Rings movies and instead is taking them from Jonah Hex. If the trailers are anything to go by, then terrible casting aside, it looks like they really missed the mark on what could've been an Oscar worthy adaptation. Instead it looks like we're getting another Resident Evil/Underworld style action movie.
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4:09PM on 05/05/2017
I agree. No more 'honkey mah fah.'
I agree. No more 'honkey mah fah.'
3:28PM on 05/05/2017

Ive read the books and...

I am pumped! Looks like it will be awesome to me
I am pumped! Looks like it will be awesome to me
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2:27PM on 05/05/2017

WOW!

I'm really excited to see this for my 23rd birthday. So many arrogant haters here!
I'm really excited to see this for my 23rd birthday. So many arrogant haters here!
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1:50PM on 05/05/2017
As Victor beat me to it, I'll echo his sentiment: I have read the series and the film adaptation looks like dog shit.
As Victor beat me to it, I'll echo his sentiment: I have read the series and the film adaptation looks like dog shit.
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12:17PM on 05/05/2017

"Uninitiated"?

Ha. I've read the entire series three times and I think it looks like absolute dogshit.
Ha. I've read the entire series three times and I think it looks like absolute dogshit.
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11:43AM on 05/05/2017
Great article for the uninitiated.
Great article for the uninitiated.
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11:37AM on 05/05/2017

Too bad it looks like a shitty, generic YA adaptation...

To people who never read the books, this looks like a generic waste of time with shitty CGI and a boring storyline with an annoying kid and wasted talent (even though Idris and Matt have both been in shit films recently). To those who have read the book it seems like they've already spotted enough changes that the movie looks nothing like it should and again made it more generic and condensed for younger audiences.

Is this a kids movie? Because it looks like a kids movie you would see
To people who never read the books, this looks like a generic waste of time with shitty CGI and a boring storyline with an annoying kid and wasted talent (even though Idris and Matt have both been in shit films recently). To those who have read the book it seems like they've already spotted enough changes that the movie looks nothing like it should and again made it more generic and condensed for younger audiences.

Is this a kids movie? Because it looks like a kids movie you would see Nickelodeon put out.
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