The Reason 'The Dark Tower' Failed, According to Stephen King

Posted 2017/09/27 0 0

King seems to know the reason why the much anticipated flick didn't click.


The Dark Tower was released back in August, but there were bad signs ahead of it hitting theatres, especially with just a 95-minute runtime, and that proved the case at the box office, with the movie making just $110m on a $60m budget. Most critics, meanwhile, panned the movie, which currently holds 16% on Rotten Tomatoes. Stephen King was heavily invested in the success of the movie, and had a bigger hand in bringing it to life, than he did IT, which he wasn't really involved in the production of. Now, the 70-year-old author is revealing just why this movie failed while others flourish. Speaking with Vulture, he had this to say.

"The major challenge was to do a film based on a series of books that's really long, about 3,000 pages. The other part of it was the decision to do a PG-13 feature adaptation of books that are extremely violent and deal with violent behavior in a fairly graphic way. That was something that had to be overcome, although I've gotta say, I thought [screenwriter] Akiva Goldsman did a terrific job in taking a central part of the book and turning it into what I thought was a pretty good movie.

He went on to briefly talk about the upcoming TV series in development saying that it will be a complete reboot.

“The TV series they’re developing now … we’ll see what happens with that. It would be like a complete reboot, so we’ll just have to see.”

Although King diplomatically stops short of outright criticising the movie, it's clear there were some intrinsic errors in trying to do a movie version of such an epic story, especially without an R-rating. It's perhaps something that can be better explored in a TV show, although the current state of that remains unclear, with King saying in that same interview it would be "like a complete reboot".

In comparison, King’s IT has stormed the box office, becoming the biggest horror movie of all time over The Exorcist. A sequel has been confirmed, with a release date set for September 2019.