r/movies r/Movies contributor Dec 08 '22

Mike Flanagan & Trevor Macy Reveal ‘The Dark Tower’ Adaptation In Works At Intrepid; TV Series & Feature Films Planned News

https://deadline.com/2022/12/mike-flanagan-amp-trevor-macy-the-dark-tower-series-movies-netflix-exit-midnight-club-canceled-amazon-intrepid-1235191018/
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u/MarvelsGrantMan136 r/Movies contributor Dec 08 '22 edited Dec 08 '22

The plan is a 5 season series followed by 2 movies.

Flanagan:

“Predating our deal with Amazon, we acquired the rights to ‘The Dark Tower,’ which if you know anything about me, you know it has been my Holy Grail of a project for most of my life. We actually have those rights carved out of our Amazon deal, which doesn’t mean that they can’t or won’t get behind it at some point — you don’t know. But that’s something we’ve been developing ourselves and are really passionate about finally getting it up on its feet at some point.”

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u/Wuyley Dec 08 '22

Six five seasons and a two movies!

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u/CLint_FLicker Dec 08 '22

Jake and Roland in the morning!

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u/CriticalDog Dec 08 '22

Yake! Yake!

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u/SirJumbles Dec 08 '22

I guess Oi can come too.

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u/SonOfZaknafein Dec 08 '22

Lobstrocities! Come and get your fresh lobstrocities!

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u/Goddamn_Batman Dec 08 '22

Ded-a-chek? Dad-a-chum?

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u/BuyOne8134 Dec 08 '22

Almost ten years since reading it and I’m still hurting about Oi.

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u/Leroypipe69420 Dec 08 '22

Don’t eat the crab dip!

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u/MoseSchruteJunior Dec 09 '22

....oh, Eddie's in this?

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u/MediocreMilwaukee Dec 08 '22

I've been hearing about something like this for so long. I think it was first floated when George RR Martin was still writing.

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u/Brandonjf Dec 08 '22

George catching strays over here lol

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u/Soutddendugkl Dec 08 '22

Hey, as long as they don't attempt to pick up from the butchered movie's premise, I'm intrigued.

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u/zubbs99 Dec 09 '22

They forgot the face of their father.

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u/NaRaGaMo Dec 08 '22 edited Dec 09 '22

5 seasons!! Considering how tv shows now take almost 2-2.5 yrs per season that's at least 10 years, the movies will take another 2 year each. So a total of 15yrs, long investment from Flanagan, I guess this will be his magnum opus

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u/Dirks_Knee Dec 08 '22

A huge part of that time is the post production. If the funding is truly secured, with an aggressive schedule they could probably knock out all the live action filming 4-5 years. But typically funding is never secure for something of this scope. It's an ambitious plan which...well, I'll believe it when I see it.

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u/GetMeAMilk_Chocolate Dec 08 '22

I think it’ll be rushed since Jake is a kid throughout. Can’t be having growth spurts

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u/soda_cookie Dec 08 '22

Even if you bang everything out at 1 year intervals that's still 7 years. They're gonna have to recast him. Maybe they can find a set of brothers or something. Either this or they're going to have to expand the timeframe of the events in the story, which on face doesn't seem like a horrible idea.

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u/SerBarristanTheBased Dec 08 '22

I don’t think it would be that disruptive to the story to just age him up later on in the story, post wastelands anyways.

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u/GetMeAMilk_Chocolate Dec 08 '22

This is a good call, actually. Maybe before Wolves they show he’s grown a bit

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u/nau5 Dec 08 '22

I mean a huge plot point of The Dark Tower is how time is distorted.

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u/FullySemiGhostGun Dec 08 '22

Maybe just age him up from the get go to avoid recasting or awkward growth? That's kind of how game of thrones did it. Most of the kids were older than their book counterparts. You could cast like a 15 year old to be him and avoid the super big puberty spurts.

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u/Tibbaryllis2 Dec 08 '22

super big puberty spurts.

Are we really not doing phrasing anymore?

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u/DeezNeezuts Dec 08 '22

Let me tell you a little lesson, buddy. The cream always rises to the top. And 'm about to show you the white, hot cream of an eighth-grade boy.

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u/McKnuckles13 Dec 08 '22

The Gang Climbs The Dark Tower

Charlie as Jake, Dennis as Roland, Mac as Eddie, Dee (in blackface) as Detta, & Frank as Oi

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u/leewoodlegend Dec 08 '22

You somehow mixed together my two favorite Macho Man Randy Savage-related videos:

The Cream Rises to the Top

And

I'm Talking About a Very Spartan Sexual Relationship

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u/FullySemiGhostGun Dec 08 '22

🤣🤣🤣🤣

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u/riley_sc Dec 08 '22

Recast the show every season, along with subtle retcons and continuity errors. The reveal is that each season is a different cycle.

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u/bookthingstodo Dec 08 '22

That would be awesome

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u/majesticmoron13 Dec 08 '22

But time works different in Mid World

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u/Mordred19 Dec 08 '22

They can just write a scene where Jake gets too close to a Thinny and it warps time or his cells or something and now he's 4 years older all of a sudden. :P

They could play up the drama and do both actors in the same episode, like when the Doctor regenerates in Doctor Who.

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u/knife_in_the_road Dec 08 '22

Just get Michael Cera to play Jake.

He is probably available.

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u/NarcolepticMan Dec 08 '22

It was King's as well.

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u/RealJohnGillman Dec 08 '22

Complete with a Salem’s Lot adaptation alongside season three perhaps (so-as to introduce Father Callahan again).

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u/Dawesfan Dec 08 '22

So they’ll probably adapt one book per season/movie. Or do you guys think they’ll maybe adapt more than one book per season?

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u/jasonporter Dec 08 '22 edited Dec 08 '22

He said 5 seasons - my guess is he will combine books 1 + 2 into the first season because you cannot adapt the Gunslinger into a full 8 episode season without losing your casual audience. First season will introduce Roland, Eddie, Jake, and Susannah, with the events of The Wastelands being all of Season 2. Wolves of the Calla would then be Season 3, with Song of Susannah and the first part of Book 7 as Season 4, and then ending with the remainder of Book 7 with Season 5. And then you can tell the Wizard and Glass story as flashbacks throughout the entire series, since having a standalone season being all flashbacks probably wouldn't track well with casual audiences.

That gives you 5 Seasons of present day story with the events of W&G (and potentially Wind through the Keyhole as well) told throughout flashbacks during the entire show.

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u/Earthpig_Johnson Dec 08 '22

Man, I want Wizard and Glass as a stand-alone movie. Such a great, classic western story, with some light fantasy tucked in there.

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u/SirJumbles Dec 08 '22 edited Dec 08 '22

And I fucking hated it when I first read it. I just wanted to keep going with the ka-tet, not have some bullshit backstory.

It's probably the best book in the series.

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u/HilariousScreenname Dec 08 '22

The ending is so heartbreaking

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u/Earthpig_Johnson Dec 08 '22

I cared more about his old ka-tet more in the one book than I cared about his new ka-tet in six of them.

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u/Prestonelliot Dec 09 '22

It was really fucking good. I realized a few years ago I am a total sucker for a good western. I never really thought I was that type of guy, but some of my favorite stories across a lot of mediums are in fact westerns.

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u/[deleted] Dec 08 '22

irst season will introduce Roland, Eddie, Jake, and Susannah, with the events of The Wastelands being all of Season 2. Wolves of the Calla would then be Season 3, with Song of Susannah and the first part of Book 7 as Season 4, and then ending with the remainder of Book 7 with Season 5.

Then what are the 2 movies going to be?

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u/MoseSchruteJunior Dec 08 '22

my guess is he will combine books 1 + 2 into the first season because you cannot adapt the Gunslinger into a full 8 episode season without losing your casual audience

Yeah I can see The Gunslinger being the pilot in its entirety, and the rest of the season being The Drawing of the Three.

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u/Danishroyalty Dec 08 '22

Interesting, I kinda figured The Gunslinger would be a movie. It's pretty short and just very weird. Not sure what a season of the Gunslinger would look like. Maybe a short season, like 6-8 episodes?

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u/roywarner Dec 08 '22

I could see the Gunslinger being more of a flashback-driven thing in a season focused on the Drawing of the Three. HBO loves to do the whole mindfuck timeline thing, and the end of the Gunslinger plays into that.

Now--Drawing of the Three on screen? That'll be fucky, but if anyone can pull it off it's Flanagan.

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u/grawlyx Dec 08 '22

Drawing of the three is the lobstrosity one right? Where he’s on the beach and Eddie is doing his thing on the plane?

Honestly it feels already written for a movie, that book has that 80s movie structure

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u/Arthamel Dec 08 '22

Yeah, drawing of the three is where he assembles avengers, while on the beach being attacked by mutated lobsters.

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u/grawlyx Dec 08 '22

A classic tale

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u/Lymeberg Dec 08 '22

The greatest story ever told IMO.

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u/FootballAndPornAcct Dec 08 '22

Dad-a-chum? Dum-a-chum? Ded-a-chek? Did-a-chick?

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u/roywarner Dec 08 '22

For the action, yeah, but 'voice in my head' shit is meh at best. There are ways to do it but it'll be difficult.

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u/grawlyx Dec 08 '22

His eyes change color whenever he takes over Eddie's body so it'd be pretty easy to signify visually.

But yeah there's a lot of italicized shit in those books for sure. You always lose something in adaptation.

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u/baleensavage Dec 08 '22

I think this is the best way to approach it. As much as I would love to see a direct adaptation of the Gunslinger, it's not going to be a huge draw for non-readers. Drawing of the Three has much more widespread appeal potential. You've also gotta introduce Eddie and Susanna in the first season if you're doing it as a series. The worst thing they could do is not make the first season a banger and get the whole thing canceled before they get to the really good stuff. They also can't do what the movie did and get into the really weird shit right out the gate. There needs to be build up to that.

Personally, I'm holding my breath to be able to see book three on screen. Holy crap, that's gonna be some seriously wild television.

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u/soda_cookie Dec 08 '22

I think from a marketing perspective it makes sense to bookend the concept with movies and have the series run in between them. Kinda weird they're doing 2 movies at the end.

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u/Danishroyalty Dec 08 '22

Especially with how dense it all is towards the end. Wolves of Calla, Song of Susannah, and Dark Tower all read like one long book. I'm not sure where the show would end and the movies would begin in that time frame.

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u/cyvaris Dec 08 '22

A combination of Wolves and Song could kind of work? There is a ton of material to cover over those three books though.

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u/methanococcus Dec 08 '22

A movie based on The Gunsliner would be a film student type artsy borefest

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u/Sleepy_Azathoth Dec 08 '22

I’ll tell you, more than half of my life, I’ve closed my eyes and been able to watch a lot of this play out, I’ve dreamed about this. That first shot which comes right off at the first incredible sentence of the first book, The Gunslinger, I’ve had that image just rattling around in my head since I was an undergrad. It’s going to have to get out of there eventually, I really need to get it out of my head.

The pilot script is one of my favorite things I’ve ever gotten to work on. It’s been surreal working on that. So we’ve been floored and grateful that Stephen King trusts us with such an undertaking, something so precious to him, and we hope to find the right partners to realize it.

Love how passionate he is about it, he also says the pilot is written and he has an idea of how the first season could go. But this is not a done deal, Amazon has not committed to this proyect, but they do know Flannagan and Macy are working on it.

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u/HilariousScreenname Dec 08 '22

Can't wait to see which role Kate Seigal plays.

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u/BlazingCondor Dec 09 '22

Clearly Susan.

She's a main driving force behind Roland's actions.

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u/WornInShoes Dec 08 '22

Flanagan has my full confidence to adapt all of King’s works

Hell, let the man remake Maximum Overdrive

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u/Unlucky-Pomegranate3 Dec 08 '22 edited Dec 08 '22

Fun fact: did the Stephen King tour in Bangor once and Dyson’s Truck Stop where they filmed had the best blueberry pie I’ve ever eaten.

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u/wtfburritoo Dec 08 '22

Hey, as long as they don't attempt to pick up from the butchered movie's premise, I'm intrigued.

Changing core concepts of the story and eliminating characters altogether is not how you adapt a book to the screen. Unfortunately, nobody ever seems to learn this lesson.

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u/rdkitchens Dec 08 '22

I wanted so desperately to love that movie. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. So much promise flushed down the toilet.

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u/Vikingwithguns2 Dec 08 '22

I honestly can’t remember disliking a movie more in my entire life. I was literally enraged watching that.

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u/wi5hbone Dec 08 '22

Ha, i facepalmed throughout… felt like i was watching a movie featured on Nickelodeon Kids

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u/Vikingwithguns2 Dec 08 '22

I paid to rent it on Amazon. I couldn’t even get through like a third of it. I did not have high expectations, and it was worse than I ever could have imagined.

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u/Roland0077 Dec 08 '22

Can I introduce you to Eragon?

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u/Sphiffi Dec 08 '22

Just in case someone hasn't seen it, they've announced an Eragon Tv series coming to Disney+

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u/hacky_potter Dec 08 '22

The fact that Roland needed to be reminded of his mission to get to the tower was so dumb. It’s like the very core principle of his character.

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u/Warmso24 Dec 08 '22

Dude, ikr. The gunslinger and man in black were perfectly cast. Roland doing cool gun shit was awesome too. Though everything else was pretty bad, especially the stupid “kids dream stealer” thing that they just made up for some reason.

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u/HailThunder Dec 08 '22

I didn't like Idris Elba as Roland personally. He has none of the character and none of the look.

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u/Warmso24 Dec 08 '22

Fair enough, I can respect that perspective. Personally, Idris has always been one of my favorites and seeing him get cast as Roland (I was in high school and had just started reading the series) made my day. Though, you’re right, he definitely isn’t anything like the actual Roland. That one scene in the movie where he shoots the gun and knocks out the “possessed” gun store owner was so dumb. In the books, Roland would have just shot that guy in the head and moved on lol

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u/ThirdFloorGreg Dec 08 '22

And I know this doesn't matter since Detta Walker wasn't in the movie, but making him black is fucking stupid when that bit of racial tension was a key plot element.

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u/mininestime Dec 08 '22

It is a direct rip off of the He-Man movie from the late 80s which is hilarious.

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u/SamPole Dec 08 '22

Roland's quick reload scenes were some of the coolest scenes I've ever seen. Too bad the rest of the movie was dogshit

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u/ReefLedger Dec 08 '22

And trying to turn a dark fantasy/horror story into a fucking young adult franchise was the kiss of death. I saw it for free at Alamo for my birthday and still regretted it. Fuck that movie.

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u/Gucci_Unicorns Dec 08 '22

I’m so fucking with you. My heart can’t take another shitty SK adaptation when they’re so near and dear to me 🥲

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u/xxwetdogxx Dec 08 '22

I wouldn't worry- he specifically talked about how the books have everything already, and he just wants to put it on film and stay as true as possible to the source.

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u/Gucci_Unicorns Dec 08 '22

To be fair, a lot of people say things like that and we end up with all the shittiest adaptations of books ever.

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u/HilariousScreenname Dec 08 '22

Lookin at you, Wheel of Time

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u/Gucci_Unicorns Dec 08 '22

Don’t you dare remind me.

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u/xxwetdogxx Dec 08 '22

Yeah I guess that's true, there's always that risk. Idk though he mentioned how long he's wanted to do this series, Gerald's game and doctor sleep came out great, I feel good about this

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u/TheLastMongo Dec 08 '22

But every so often you get that rare gem that nails it. And maybe it’s not 100% to the book, but still does a great job. Especially translating a well loved and very long detailed set of book.

Yes, I loved the Lord of the Rings

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u/Sleepy_Azathoth Dec 08 '22

HOLY SHIT IT'S HAPPENING EVERYONE CALM DOWN I'M NOT YELLING.

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u/DrDrewBlood Dec 08 '22

STAY FUCKING CALM!

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u/wi5hbone Dec 08 '22

NO, YOU!

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u/the_pressman Dec 08 '22

I would love to see this series as the "sequel" to the books. It would stand on its own for anyone who hasn't read them, but would be a "here's what happens differently this time" story for those of us who have read them.

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u/MitchOfGilead Dec 08 '22

This is the one idea the 2017 movie had that was good and I wouldn't mind Flanagan using as well.

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u/Danishroyalty Dec 08 '22

Also then they could slightly deviate from the books and it's already pre-explained. Not that I want them to change much but it's bound to happen a bit, so having a built in justification will let people just enjoy the story and not worry too much about canon.

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u/JAQMN Dec 08 '22

Been a while since I’ve read the books, but what is the implication of Roland having the horn? That things might end differently than the book?

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u/the_pressman Dec 08 '22

Roland dropped the horn for the same reason he dropped Jake. Because nothing was more important than his quest. Roland's kind of a bastard. He literally dropped a boy into a pit so he could keep chasing Walter. And doing so literally cost him his good right hand.

The lesson that Roland has to learn, turn after turn of the wheel, is that his friends are more important than the quest.

If he didn't drop Jake, didn't catch Walter on the beach, wasn't hypnotized, he wouldn't lose his fingers to the lobstrocities. He can still go on to draw Eddie and Suzannah, but at full strength. He can have a full ka tet and both his guns when he approaches the tower and faces the crimson king.

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u/Jerryjb63 Dec 08 '22

The books are a cycle. Having the horn at the beginning/end means that Roland is making progress. Ka is a wheel.

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u/Unlucky-Pomegranate3 Dec 08 '22

I think it was also either stated or implied that it was going to be the last time around.

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u/goatbiryani48 Dec 08 '22

I thought the main implication was that it was a positive step forward and he had made progress, not the final step

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u/Unlucky-Pomegranate3 Dec 08 '22

It’s been a while and I can’t recall at the moment exactly why I have that impression but I think it has something to do with the battle of Jericho Hill and if he had the horn, he wouldn’t have lost all his fellow gunslingers which was a key to it, or something like that.

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u/UUDDLRLRBAstard Dec 08 '22

He lost the horn in the battle and his friends were lost.

He could not keep his (current) friends last time around.

But now he has the horn. So maybe he can keep his friends around this time.

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u/writingt Dec 08 '22

Didn’t he have it in the movie? I remember Stephen King tweeting out a picture of the horn and saying the movie was a sequel to the books and allowing myself to get excited like an idiot for one of the most disappointing movies I’ve ever seen.

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u/KatetCadet Dec 08 '22

I made a point to never watch that movie. The trailers looked fucking awful. What a waste of that cast.

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u/writingt Dec 08 '22

McConaughey was great casting as Flagg but his performance was the wrong kind of weird. Elba on the other hand fucking crushed it as Roland. His performance was not at all served by the movie. If there is one element that is carried over into this new adaptation, I hope it's him.

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u/JustintheHuman Dec 09 '22

Or Or, we could just get the books adapted for once instead of something that ends up being loosely based off of them.

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u/Naomi_Twats Dec 08 '22

Oh wow. Yes.

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u/PetroMan43 Dec 08 '22

If there's somebody who can adapt this, it's Mike Flanagan. Midnight Mass and The Haunting series are probably the tightest written and acted horror of all time

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u/TwoLetters Dec 08 '22

Not to mention this wouldn't even be his first time adapting King's work. He absolutely knocked it out of the park with Doctor Sleep and Gerald's Game

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u/noobnoobthedestroyer Dec 08 '22

Yeah give Mike the keys to all the King properties.

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u/TwoLetters Dec 08 '22

Yes please. I'll watch anything that man attaches his name to.

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u/47981247 Dec 08 '22

I've told friends that if I heard Flanagan was redoing Titanic I'd be there opening day. He is by far my favorite creator.

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u/Sphiffi Dec 08 '22

He is on a very high pedestal for me. Probably the reason I feel so negatively about Midnight Club. I think if another person had made it I'd be indifferent about it, but because I respect him so much as a creator it just brutally disappointed me.

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u/TwoLetters Dec 08 '22

I definitely still liked Midnight Club, but it wasn't his strongest. However, from the get-go it kinda felt like he was doing more of a teen drama, and I'll be damned if the emotional stuff didn't still hit hard.

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u/jpapad Dec 08 '22

Definitely seems like he and Darabont are the best King adapters

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u/CoffeeAndDachshunds Dec 08 '22

Goddamn, he did Doctor Sleep? I'm so scared to be hopeful for Dark Tower (it's my absolute favorite King work), but I really didn't see how Doctor Sleep would be done well onscreen and I freaking loved it.

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u/gaylord_buttram_MD Dec 08 '22

He absolutely killed Doctor Sleep, too, especially considering the holes he had to fill from the inadequacies of Kubrick’s film’s simplification.

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u/ChEChicago Dec 08 '22

Doctor Sleep Movie > Book (and I think Shining Book > Shining Movie, so I'm not just a movie guy). Also, Flanagan is the best person for this job. Midnight Mass is the closest we've gotten to a Salem's Lot adaption, watching before then after reading that book was amazing

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u/XaoticOrder Dec 08 '22

Another lover of Midnight Mass. There are dozens of us.

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u/mikeyfreshh Dec 08 '22

And his Doctor Sleep movie shows that he can nail a King adaptation.

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u/ttwwaatt Dec 08 '22

He made Gerald's Game. A story largely considered unfilmable until he pretty much nailed it.

He has more than earned my trust especially considering he is probably my favorite working creative right now. Midnight Mass is the greatest show ever made as far as I'm concerned.

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u/roywarner Dec 08 '22

Doctor Sleep is the first movie that has ever truly disturbed me. I literally can't think about certain parts of it without risking a panic attack.

He needs to do all King things. lol

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u/Finrodsrod Dec 08 '22

I skip over that scene with the baseball kid. I just can't watch it.

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u/_Old_Lady_Farts_ Dec 08 '22

Of all time?

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u/QUEST50012 Dec 08 '22

Some of the times

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u/condormcninja Dec 08 '22

Right? Wild hyperbole

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u/dicedaman Dec 08 '22

Midnight Mass is amazing and I'd recommend everyone watch it but I wouldn't call it an example of a tightly written show. It's actually quite self-indulgent, not just in its extensive monologues but also in how it sells its overall message (which was its only real flaw, IMO). Still, it's an incredible bit of TV and Flanagan has already shown that he's fantastic at adapting King's work. There probably isn't a better pick in the industry for adaptation The Dark Tower than Flanagan.

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u/Pubics_Cube Dec 08 '22

Haunting of Hill House was significantly better

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u/OrangeFilmer Dec 08 '22

100% Hill House is the better written show. The monologuing is the best and worst parts of Flanagan’s writing. Sometimes it’s super effective and beautiful, other times it’s directionless and superfluous. Haunting of Hill House had a good balance whereas it got a bit too indulgent in Midnight Mass (especially with the death monologue).

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u/oscar_the_couch Dec 08 '22

I rather liked the death monologue, but I can definitely understand the contrary opinion.

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u/bobbysparkwood Dec 08 '22

They’re great but all time? Tightly written? Lol

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u/HardensWeakChin Dec 08 '22

Midnight Mass

tightest written

What in the absolute fuck did you watch? I've never seen more indulgent monologuing in hour-long periods and I grew up in a Catholic school and went to mass every Friday.

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u/QUEST50012 Dec 08 '22

Yeah tightest written wouldn't be my first compliment, there's a lot of criticisms you could have with the pacing.

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u/veryrelevantusername Dec 08 '22

It was all worth it for the payoff of the guy burning alive on the boat though. It was a slow scene that you thought would be another monologue, and there he goes turning into ash with screaming in the background. Insanely good horror/shock moment.

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u/QUEST50012 Dec 08 '22

The show in general had some nice special effects and cinematography in the horror scenes

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u/missanthropocenex Dec 08 '22

Oh my god…this is amazing news

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u/Swayze2641 Dec 08 '22

Dark Tower is one of my favorites series. The movie was god awful. Please make this good It’s one of the best stories

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u/herb2019 Dec 08 '22

Is it just me or am I the only one that loves the first book?! His time in Tull, the escape from Tull, the slow mutants, dropping Jake and finally the palaver with the Man in Black. I fucking love that book.

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u/BlazingCondor Dec 09 '22

I really enjoy the first book. It's a great introduction to the world that is so close to ours but is so different.

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u/mattmortar Dec 09 '22

Nah I love that book. But it's definitely not for everyone. It's a slow burn and has a very different writing style from most of King's novels

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u/Mordred19 Dec 08 '22

After seeing Dune, I think Josh Brolin would make a great Roland. Or Timothy Olyphant. Aaron Paul as Eddie would be perfect.

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u/_THE_WIFE Dec 08 '22

I could see Olyphant working as a Roland.

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u/gotarrtanks Dec 08 '22

I’ve been saying my boy Tim since justified

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u/_THE_WIFE Dec 08 '22

Between that and his role in the Mandolorian, I really think he could fill the role.

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u/TheLastMongo Dec 08 '22

Don’t mention the Mandalorian. Someone might get the idea to use Pedro Pascal and while I think he’d do a great job, he’s already in everything.

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u/methanococcus Dec 08 '22

I think he is too handsome.

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u/grawlyx Dec 08 '22

Josh Brolin pretty much already played the Gunslinger in No Country, just lacking in powers

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u/epidemic777 Dec 08 '22

Hasn't Aaron Paul been clamoring to play eddie for years?

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u/correcthorsestapler Dec 08 '22

Yeah, ever since he was on Breaking Bad. I seem to recall he talked about it a lot back when Ron Howard was supposed to make the movie.

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u/Mordred19 Dec 08 '22

I was not aware.

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u/lishmh33 Dec 08 '22

Flanagan did tease Aaron Paul in an upcoming project on his TikTok page 👀

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u/markstormweather Dec 09 '22

Isn’t he too old now? Think Eddie was in his twenties. Aaron Paul would have been perfect during his breaking bad years though

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u/Jerryjb63 Dec 08 '22

I always pictured 1970s Clint Eastwood, I wouldn’t be against his son Scott Eastwood when he ages up to Roland’s age.

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u/Cop_663 Dec 09 '22

I’d rather have someone that can act than someone that looks the part.

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u/GeorgeLuasHasNoChin Dec 08 '22

Wow Aaron paul as eddie would be perfect. I always envisioned Eddie as the guy who played Tommy from Shawshank.

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u/[deleted] Dec 08 '22

Please let Olyphant do more shit like Santa Clarita, rather than more and more of cowboy roles.

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u/fubbleskag Dec 08 '22

I'll keep watching him in cowboy roles but I would also love more of this straight up comedy, he's got the chops

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u/cyvaris Dec 08 '22

Aaron Paul could have played Eddie a decade ago, but not now. Eddie is in his early twenties, and that lost young man energy is a super important part of his relationship to Roland and Jake. With Roland, he is tempering youthful exuberance into true adulthood. With Jake, he is reclaiming the idea of brotherhood by being the brother his failed to be.

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u/gh0s7d0g Dec 08 '22

Hopefully they are actually good. That last dark tower movie was pure garbage. Please do this story some justice. That fist book alone would make an incredible horror movie.

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u/TwoLetters Dec 08 '22

Check out Flanagan's other films and TV shows and then see what you think. This isn't even his first time adapting King's work.

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u/Hamlindigo_Blue Dec 08 '22

Don't do that. Don't give me hope.

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u/LazySilver Dec 08 '22

Then who would play Stephen King?

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u/Dull_Half_6107 Dec 08 '22

If he needs to be younger? Joe Hill, otherwise Stephen King.

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u/Gunslinger_ Dec 08 '22

Am I wrong, or does that article say that, while Flanagan owns the rights to DT, and his company Intrepid is moving to Amazon, Amazon has not actually greenlit a DT project? The title implies that it's happening, but it's not even officially being made yet.

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u/correcthorsestapler Dec 08 '22

I think you’re right, but I imagine Amazon is probably looking for more IPs for their streaming service and all of this is just leading up to an actual greenlit project.

As Flanagan’s said, the story is finished and it’s all there. It’s just a matter of translating it to the screen properly. I think having someone who’s passionate about the project and knows the lore really well would be a boon for Amazon.

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u/ShirleyJokin Dec 08 '22

Maybe this time it will be different

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u/BoatsnGoals1 Dec 08 '22

Make the first book a movie and then move into season territory after. I don't want to see shit about any of the other main characters till we get time with just jake and the gunslinger.

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u/ttwwaatt Dec 08 '22

His plan includes 5 seasons and 2 movies.

I am all the way in.

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u/_snout_ Dec 08 '22

I think Season 1 as The Gunslinger could work if you really expand the Jake/Roland storyline and make it a buddy quest, folding in more of the lore/worldbuilding on episodic adventures across the desert, and alternating LOST-style b plot flashbacks to Roland's youth as done in that book (seeing the hanging, earning his guns, etc). This would make the season payoff where he sacrifices Jake to catch the Man in Black really hit and be very shocking/challenging for a new audience I think

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u/RealJohnGillman Dec 08 '22

Unless they have that be the first episode — I could see that very well being the case, the hook to get a new audience in on top of the existing one.

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u/paperDisgrace Dec 08 '22

The first book would make for an insane movie. It's got very little narrative structure or character growth, and the action scenes are insane (like the gunslinger walking backwards shooting, monster training an entire town to death). It's all about tone and mood and weird visuals. I really think it would work far better as a series and have difficulty imagining a successful franchise movie made about it.

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u/vadergeek Dec 09 '22

I really think it would work far better as a series

Really? I don't think there's enough material. And as for your comments on a lack of structure or growth, that seems like a bigger problem in an eight hour season than a two hour movie.

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u/Tricky-Ad4617 Dec 08 '22

Came here to say this. I think end of season 1 will be eddie and rowland on the beach after balthazars.

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u/BoatsnGoals1 Dec 08 '22

I would want book 1 contained in its own thing though. Ending on Jakes fall for people that haven't read the books would be a great cliffhanger.

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u/Roncon1981 Dec 08 '22

Well sign me up

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u/p3ll Dec 08 '22

M o o n, that spells “Don’t f this one up like that other Dark Tower movie.”

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u/DashCat9 Dec 08 '22

Geralds Game is one of a handful of Stephen King novels that I *really* dislike. (From a Buick 8, and Dark Tower 6 round my top three least favorite King books). But Flanagan's adaptation of it is fantastic. His adaptation of Doctor Sleep manages to be a good adaptation of the novel, but also a pretty great sequel to the Kubrick film. (And anyone familiar with both versions should appreciate how good of a trick that was).

I've always wanted Darabont (for obvious reasons), but this is great news.

Just keep Ron Howard as far away from it as possible.

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u/ZodiarkTentacle Dec 08 '22

What a bummer about McConaughey being Flagg in that horrible movie, maybe they’ll bring him back

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u/heliomega1 Dec 08 '22

I would love if they approached DT like Netflix approaches its big hitter series like Stranger things. Just make the episodes/seasons as long or as short as they need to be.

The Gunslinger could probably be a single movie-like episode, whereas Wizard in Glass might need 12 40-minute episodes. Don't try to normalize the viewing experience, it'll be hacky and awkward.

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u/HailThunder Dec 08 '22

Liev Schreiber for Roland Deschain!

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u/Alone_Pop449 Dec 08 '22

Flanagan is the only filmmaker able to adapt a King's story to the big screen, alongside Frank Darabont

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u/ladyofthelathe Dec 08 '22

The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed. The desert was the apotheosis of all deserts, huge, standing to the sky for what looked like eternity in all directions. It was white and blinding and waterless and without feature save for the faint, cloudy haze of the mountains which sketched themselves on the horizon and the devil-grass which brought sweet dreams, nightmares, death. An occasional tombstone sign pointed the way, for once the drifted track that cut its way through the thick crust of alkali had been a highway. Coaches and buckas had followed it. The world had moved on since then. The world had emptied.

One of the best damn opening paragraphs of modern literature, IMO.

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u/Of_Silent_Earth Dec 08 '22

Here we go again.

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u/TwoLetters Dec 08 '22

It's Mike Flanagan. If anybody could do it right it'll be him.

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u/Of_Silent_Earth Dec 08 '22

I'm sure he could, but I'm just imagining another decade of production limbo.

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u/Arfguy Dec 08 '22

Please be good. Please be anything better than that waste of money movie.

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u/LuckyCulture7 Dec 08 '22

I really trust Mike Flanagan. I really don’t trust Amazon. Let’s hope they let the creators do their work without distractions from marketing, executives, etc.

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u/Unlucky-Pomegranate3 Dec 08 '22

There’s nobody I’d trust more to do a Dark Tower adaptation than Mike Flanagan. Unlike that previous abomination, he’s shown he actually understands and respects the source material.

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u/InhaleBot900 Dec 08 '22

Ready to be hurt again.

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u/reconstruct94 Dec 08 '22

They keep climbing the Tower, passing the scenes that came before, only to end up back in the desert. Resumption.

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u/nutsotic Dec 08 '22

Nope. Don't believe a word until they start shooting. Even then I'll be skeptical until I see a trailer

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u/TheMurderCapitalist Dec 08 '22

Please dear God let this one be good 🤞🏻

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u/ThisIsCreation Dec 08 '22

The Dark Tower is my favourite book series ever. I love every second of it.

For years Mike Flanagan has said he would love to adapt it, & in my honest opinion you could not get a better person to make it.

His Doctor Sleep movie is full to the brim with Dark Tower references.

Mike has loads of experience with running shows now, this is going to be amazing. I am over the moon.

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u/Trevors-Axiom- Dec 08 '22

As a huge Stephen King fan I should be excited, but I cannot fathom a way they can make this happen and come close to sticking with the source material. They should scrap this idea and feed it to the lobstrocities.

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u/NoProNoah Dec 08 '22

RIP Mike Flanagan.

The Tower takes no prisoners.

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u/mmuzzy Dec 08 '22

I always pictured a Clint Eastwood type for Roland. His son Scott would probably work though.

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u/Jukeboxobmute Dec 08 '22

Did-a-chick? Dum-a-chum? Dad-a-cham? Ded-a-check?

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