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    It's going to be like the first go round of the Lord of the Rings in the 70's. Animated, story truncated almost to non-recognition and just a general mess. When the trio of movies came out, very little in the way of high hopes were expressed by my husband and many other LotR fans. As good as I thought they were, he was still not entirely pleased (hard-core LotR person).

    So once this mess is out of the way, maybe in about 30 years someone will come around and do it better.
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    I wish people would just give up on trying to put Stephen King books into movie format. It doesn't work. The Shining is the only one that made it through!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Em View Post
    I wish people would just give up on trying to put Stephen King books into movie format. It doesn't work. The Shining is the only one that made it through!
    I think more of them were good (Shawshank! Green Mile! Stand by Me!), but I agree with too many of them sucked (Dreamcatcher! Hearts in Atlantis!).

    And yet a few of his stories would translate to the screen very well and haven't been adapted. Bag of Bones in the hand of a competent writer and director could be very scary and suspenseful.

    Eyes of the Dragon could be EPIC. Maybe not live action unless it was done as well as LOTR or Harry Potter visually, but stop motion like Coraline or Nightmare Before Christmas? Flagg could totally be as creepy as Oogie Boogie.

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    The Shining is the least favorite SK movie translated to film.

    Shawshank - yes
    Green MIle - yes
    Stand by Me - yes
    Misery - liked.
    Delores Claiborne - also liked

    When I tell people who haven't read SK that the first 3 above were written by him I am always met with disbelief. I think those films worked because there's no horror/supernatural element in them.

    The Mist - scared me in written form and didn't disappoint in film.

    The horror type adaptations leave me flat. I think The Dome might work as the setting is very small, but the otherworldly aspect is sure to be bungled.

    TV adaptations of The Stand and It weren't too bad but always room for improvement. The Langoliers - not so much. Same for Desperation.
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    The Dark Tower Becomes A Video Game
    http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/a...ideo-game.aspx

    A post over at Ain't It Cool News has some interesting details about the planned film and TV adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower series. The ambitious approach is to create three feature films, but with TV series that link together the stories between each of the films. A "source with verifiable info on The Dark Tower" suggests that the first film may hit on May 13th, 2013. Of greater note for followers of interactive entertainment is the following quote from the tipster: "There's also a very ambitious game component being planned that will further utilize elements from the books." Sadly, there's no further information about the direction of such a game, or what development studio might be attached.

    For those not in the know, The Dark Tower is a multi-volume series by Stephen King written across much of his career and published between 1982 and 2004. The story details the life of Roland Deschain, a gunslinger traveling on an epic quest to reach a mysterious tower. Many elements of The Dark Tower series connect to other books and stories written by King.

    There's enormous potential for some cool games within the universe of The Dark Tower. The mixture of fantasy, horror, and western vibes is different than almost anything else in fiction, and gunslingers, as King writes them, are some of the sweetest heroes around. If the powers that be manage to find a strong studio to helm a game adaptation, and they're planning ahead this far in advance, we might have an impressive licensed release on our hands.

    It's worth noting that while we've yet to see any big-budget games within the Dark Tower universe, there is an online game called Discordia that is a part of the fiction.
    *taps fingers and remains quite skeptical*
    I ain't gonna lie, though, I'd buy it. Well, if it comes out on a console I have!

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    This discussion started in 2010. Like the Republicans, Howard and company had years to come up with something at least decent. Instead, as expected, it was underwhelming. The movie supposedly starts after the end of the last book. Fine. Okay. I'll half roll my eyes and go with that. Nothing is explained though. If the viewer hasn't read any of the books, there's a lot of details just thrown into the movie that would mean nothing to them and still mean nothing because none of it is explained. There's a lack of depth, oh hell. This review explains it best. Somewhat spoilery.

    Unlike its gunslinger, 'The Dark Tower' repeatedly misses the mark
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    I really liked The Dark Tower not having read the books. I hope it does well because i'd at least like to see a sequel.

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    Bless you dAmION.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTC View Post
    Bless you dAmION.
    Danke. But the more I read about it, it seems that they did leave out major sections of the original book which as a Harry Potter fan i'm kind of used to by now. hah

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    I watched it on Thursday and everyone I went with hated it. I was pretty disappointed. None of us could be objective though because we were all avid Dark Tower readers.

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    I haven't read the series in a long time, and I know we shouldn't judge films before we've seen them, but cutting out Susannah Dean seems like a wasted opportunity for a great performance from a black, disabled actress. How many of those do we see on our screens?

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    Well Robin Furth said that this movie takes place after the book series. Aaaannnd I don't want to spoil anything, but if you've read the series all the way through you can see how this sorta makes sense. So me and my husband were thinking maybe those other characters will show up later in some fashion. However the ending of this movie seemed to waste a character as well. So maybe we will see.
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    I don't understand why it's called The Dark Tower. 9th Grade we were required by our super duper Stephen King loving English teacher to read the series. We read 3 books all called "The Gunslinger Series." I loved those books. I still hum "Beans, beans most beautiful fruit. The more you eat the more you toot," in my head. Just like how our teacher read it as if singing it. lol

    Why did they change the name? The Gunslinger would have been a better title I think.
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    They didn't change it. The book series is titled The Dark Tower series and the first book is titled The Gunslinger.
    My face screams without an emotion

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    I think it's a better movie if you have never read the books. I haven't and enjoyed the movie. My partner who has read them was lukewarm at best. Seems to follow the comments here.

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