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The Dark Tower is no direct adaptation - It's a sequel

07.14.2016

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There have been rumblings for a bit that Nikolaj Arcel's THE DARK TOWER might follow a slightly different path than Stephen King's series has taken over the years. Characters are showing up in places they weren't before. The chronological order is all out of whack, and, while there has been concern from fans over what that does to the beloved work they've been waiting to see adapted, it would appear we're finally getting answers as to what it all means. 

THE DARK TOWER is not going to be a direct adaptation of Stephen King's series. 

It's going to be a sequel of sorts. 

Here's what Arcel had to say in EW's new cover story on the film...

“The hardcore fans of The Dark Tower series will know that this is actually a sequel to the books in a way. It has a lot of the same elements, a lot of the same characters, but it is a different journey.”

Now, if you don't want to be spoiled as to how that's going to happen, then avert your eyes, click away, something... But, if you do, probably because you've been invested in THE DARK TOWER for awhile, then you may already know the answer. 

SPOILER TIME

Roland will possess the Horn of Eld from the very beginning of Arcel's film. This isn't going to be the same artifact that he doesn't take with him on his past trips to the Tower. This is going to be something he has for his journey, and it will change the entire layout of the film. 

Familiar elements, as Arcel explains, will be introduced throughout, but they'll be different in a number of ways. They will no longer be forced to comply with how Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER is laid out, as they'll now be afforded the freedom to create something new.

That may not be THE DARK TOWER that you were expecting, but it does open up a number of creative avenues for Arcel to take... and it takes the audience, even those who are knee-deep in DARK TOWER knowledge, along for the ride of a new experience. Those viewers will be just as in the dark as everyone else.

It's a bold approach and certainly a different, so what do you think? A fan of using the familiar to start something new, or just wanted the same ol' DARK TOWER finally in movie form?

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Source: EW

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11:38AM on 07/18/2016
A sequel where a white guy turns into a black guy for no reason whatsoever and nobody bats an eyelid. Fuck that, thanks.
A sequel where a white guy turns into a black guy for no reason whatsoever and nobody bats an eyelid. Fuck that, thanks.
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5:04PM on 07/15/2016

I've never read the novel's...

But this could be a huge disaster if that is the premise. It sounds super convoluted and confusing to us who don't know what the horn is and what the books were about.
But this could be a huge disaster if that is the premise. It sounds super convoluted and confusing to us who don't know what the horn is and what the books were about.
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5:06PM on 07/15/2016
Don't get me wrong, I'm still going to see it but with Warcraft bombing due to throwing you into the lore it could be bad if this movie does the same thing...
Don't get me wrong, I'm still going to see it but with Warcraft bombing due to throwing you into the lore it could be bad if this movie does the same thing...
6:14AM on 07/15/2016
It was pretty obvious it would be a sort of sequel when the picture of the Horn of the Eld was posted a couple of months ago. I don't mind the fact that things change for the film adaptation, or that it's a sequel in some way (which makes sense if you've read the books), but I hope they don't start using this as a marketing tool to reassure fans. Yelling 'It's not the book, it's a sequel' when they get criticized for changing something.
It was pretty obvious it would be a sort of sequel when the picture of the Horn of the Eld was posted a couple of months ago. I don't mind the fact that things change for the film adaptation, or that it's a sequel in some way (which makes sense if you've read the books), but I hope they don't start using this as a marketing tool to reassure fans. Yelling 'It's not the book, it's a sequel' when they get criticized for changing something.
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1:21AM on 07/15/2016

Perfect

As a long time reader of this amazing series....I can get behind this. It can work with King's set up and NOT shit all over it like most adaptations. This is what the ending predicted.... One Last Time!
As a long time reader of this amazing series....I can get behind this. It can work with King's set up and NOT shit all over it like most adaptations. This is what the ending predicted.... One Last Time!
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9:32PM on 07/14/2016

Wow

Because the original novels were just utterly unfilmable as written.

I seriously wish the people in charge if this had the first fucking clue what they were doing. What a bunch of shit. Pass.
Because the original novels were just utterly unfilmable as written.

I seriously wish the people in charge if this had the first fucking clue what they were doing. What a bunch of shit. Pass.
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7:58PM on 07/14/2016
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6:25PM on 07/14/2016
Can't believe King signed off on this. What a sellout.
Can't believe King signed off on this. What a sellout.
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8:47PM on 07/14/2016
You've got to be kidding me. You want them to adapt the dark tower series, and have it be like the books and be as enjoyable as the books? Give me a break. I can't wait to see this.
You've got to be kidding me. You want them to adapt the dark tower series, and have it be like the books and be as enjoyable as the books? Give me a break. I can't wait to see this.
9:57PM on 07/14/2016
As opposed to King signing off on the other 70% of his adaptations that you already know as absolute shit? If you have read the books are you not a little curious how things would go the second time around?
As opposed to King signing off on the other 70% of his adaptations that you already know as absolute shit? If you have read the books are you not a little curious how things would go the second time around?
3:23PM on 07/15/2016
"You want them to adapt the dark tower series, and have it be like the books and be as enjoyable as the books?"

Yes, that's what an adaptation is. If they can't pull that off, they shouldn't even bother.
"You want them to adapt the dark tower series, and have it be like the books and be as enjoyable as the books?"

Yes, that's what an adaptation is. If they can't pull that off, they shouldn't even bother.
3:23PM on 07/15/2016
"You want them to adapt the dark tower series, and have it be like the books and be as enjoyable as the books?"

Yes, that's what an adaptation is. If they can't pull that off, they shouldn't even bother.
"You want them to adapt the dark tower series, and have it be like the books and be as enjoyable as the books?"

Yes, that's what an adaptation is. If they can't pull that off, they shouldn't even bother.
5:50PM on 07/15/2016
An adaption is taking creative license with the source material in order to transform it into another form of media. THAT'S what an adaption is. They're doing that just fine. If they DID try to make it work EXACTLY like the story, they would FAIL. There's no way of making it exactly like the books. I love the Idea of this being another part of the collection I already have and love. "Wind through the keyhole" "The little sisters of Eluria" "A gunslinger born" and so on were made to make
An adaption is taking creative license with the source material in order to transform it into another form of media. THAT'S what an adaption is. They're doing that just fine. If they DID try to make it work EXACTLY like the story, they would FAIL. There's no way of making it exactly like the books. I love the Idea of this being another part of the collection I already have and love. "Wind through the keyhole" "The little sisters of Eluria" "A gunslinger born" and so on were made to make this world richer. And now we can add this movie to that list. That's why this is gonna be awesome. Because the books still exist. This movie doesn't change that. So don't see it. Whatever. That's your choice. I can't wait.
6:09PM on 07/14/2016

Stroke of mad genius

Ron Howard and his team fought fucking valiantly to make a pure adaptation to occur for years. This change up to making it a sequel is a masterful interpretation of kings epilogue to the saga, and a mad genius way for Howard and Team to play in the Tower sandbox (or field of roses if you kennit). So to all those lobstrosities dadda-chumming and didda-cheeing on the broken shores of the films that almost were, I bid adieu! And thankee-sais for what will certainly be a brilliant beginning to a
Ron Howard and his team fought fucking valiantly to make a pure adaptation to occur for years. This change up to making it a sequel is a masterful interpretation of kings epilogue to the saga, and a mad genius way for Howard and Team to play in the Tower sandbox (or field of roses if you kennit). So to all those lobstrosities dadda-chumming and didda-cheeing on the broken shores of the films that almost were, I bid adieu! And thankee-sais for what will certainly be a brilliant beginning to a film franchise.
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5:43PM on 07/14/2016

Not familiar with the books

But with a $60 million dollar budget and the star power of Elba and McConaughey, it's hard to see how this wouldn't be a success. I'm excited!
But with a $60 million dollar budget and the star power of Elba and McConaughey, it's hard to see how this wouldn't be a success. I'm excited!
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5:39PM on 07/14/2016

...it is a different journey.

I've heard those words before. In other words, it has little if anything to do with the King novels. No thanks.
I've heard those words before. In other words, it has little if anything to do with the King novels. No thanks.
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5:29PM on 07/14/2016
Oh now that's fucking dope as hell. Makes all the changes work. Ka is a circle my friends.
Oh now that's fucking dope as hell. Makes all the changes work. Ka is a circle my friends.
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5:18PM on 07/14/2016

I'm happy about this. Any differences make since this way.

The man in Black fled across the Desert, and the Gunslinger followed.
The man in Black fled across the Desert, and the Gunslinger followed.
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4:29PM on 07/14/2016
This makes me very happy. I've said how many times I've read the series. Its my favorite series of books. EVER. I'm so glad they're going this root because to me, the books King wrote will never get a justified or satisfying full adaption. I can't wait to see what is to come!
This makes me very happy. I've said how many times I've read the series. Its my favorite series of books. EVER. I'm so glad they're going this root because to me, the books King wrote will never get a justified or satisfying full adaption. I can't wait to see what is to come!
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