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Old 03-01-16, 11:54 AM
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Re: Stephen King's The Dark Tower - (2017, D: Arcel) S: Elba, McConaughey

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Sounds like the director is a huge fan and knows his stuff so a big there.

A single open ended film though? Kind of a bummer.
This would have been so much better as a series on HBO or even AMC, FX, etc.
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As for additional casting, Mad Max: Fury Road actress Abbey Lee is reportedly in talks for the role of Tirana,
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Hopefully they will squash the idea they had of a movie/tv series thingy.
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No, who the hell is Tirana?
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According to Deadline, Lee is in talks to play the female lead role in The Dark Tower. Where this gets confusing is the character’s name: she’s reported to be playing Tirana, a minor character who doesn’t even appear until the seventh volume of King’s Dark Tower book series, on which the film is based. Tirana is definitely not the female lead in the novels. In fact, she’s so obscure that even hardcore fans don’t seem quite sure who she is — I’ve seen some readers swear up and down that no one named Tirana exists in the books.

One possibility is that Lee’s Tirana is a renamed version of a different, more prominent character from the novels, possibly Susan or Susannah. (The latter is the female lead in the book series, but doesn’t appear until the second novel so it’s unclear if she’ll be in this film at all. She’s also black, so Lee would be a really bizarre and controversial casting choice.) It may also be that the trade’s sources just have their details mixed up. For what it’s worth, though, they describe Lee’s character as “sexy and dangerous,” with “fake human skin and cold snake-like eyes.”
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Yeah, I've read all 7 seven books and I don't remember a character named Tirana. There isn't really a major white, female character until the 4th book, which is mostly a flashback novel, and that character should be younger. So I have no idea what Abbey Lee is going to be doing in this movie.
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Something tells me that they won't have a "Susannah" in this movie as we know her in the books. Having a woman restricted to a wheelchair is seriously going to drag down the pace in many instances.
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I am excited this is happening. I'm glad they are taking some chances (I'm digging Idris Elba) ... But I have to say I am very cynical since: a) this is currently just a one-off film; b) it takes place mostly in modern day (unwillingness to spend money on sets); and c) the number three character announced is a trend actress playing a non-existent character.
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I would be very skeptical of this movie. Everything so far sounds like a typical Hollywood project where the original work means very, very little to the movie.

I understand holding out hope as a fan but King licenses his work out to anyone handing out the most cash.
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Old 03-03-16, 03:28 AM
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I find myself leaning a bit towards the skeptical side myself.

I don't want them to stick too close to the books because honestly I think the series got pretty bad in the later half. At the same time I still was really into the world King created, so I'm interested to see what they do with that potential.

I'm cool with Elba and to a lesser extent McConaughey. Elba doesn't have the physical build of Roland from the book, but I think he can do other aspects of the character justice. Maybe he could lose some weight. I always liked the idea of Roland being kind of lanky, not so much physically powerful, but tough, like a weathered strip of leather. It plays into the aspects of his character's persistence, endurance through strength of will.

Roland being white is relevant in the books, but it's not really vital. I wouldn't be surprised if they wanted to ditch that aspect of the story anyway, not just because of the minefield in handling the race/racism issues but the entire split personality arc would be problematic in translating to the screen.

One movie obviously can't do the whole series justice, but it could work as it's own thing. Hearing it's mostly set in the modern world is not encouraging, neither is the quick turn around and Jan. release date.

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I'm skeptical because we've already had a half dozen starts and stops already. No reason to think this will be any different at this point.
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Re: Stephen King's The Dark Tower - (2017, D: Arcel) S: Elba, McConaughey

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I would be very skeptical of this movie. Everything so far sounds like a typical Hollywood project where the original work means very, very little to the movie.

I understand holding out hope as a fan but King licenses his work out to anyone handing out the most cash.
But he did say no with the Dark Tower series for a long time. This series clearly meant a lot to him. It wasn't crapped out like The Tommyknockers.
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Re: Stephen King's The Dark Tower - (2017, D: Arcel) S: Elba, McConaughey

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I'm skeptical because we've already had a half dozen starts and stops already. No reason to think this will be any different at this point.
They've announced a release date and are gearing up to begin production in a couple months. When a movie reaches that point, the only way it doesn't get made is if Terry Gilliam's the director.
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Is the plan still to do a movie followed by a series?
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Re: Stephen King's The Dark Tower - (2017, D: Arcel) S: Elba, McConaughey

Some pics of Elba on set have surfaced:



More here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz...ark-Tower.html

So I guess this is movie actually happening. The race to read all 8 books over the next year or so is on.
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I'd be very surprised if this turns out to be a faithful adaptation. Even the first book is pretty atypical of what would make for a successful movie.
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I'd be very surprised if this turns out to be a faithful adaptation. Even the first book is pretty atypical of what would make for a successful movie.
I read an article and it said the film is going to be a sequel to the books. Not an adaptation.
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I read an article and it said the film is going to be a sequel to the books. Not an adaptation.
Hmm, I'm not sure how that would work. If you read the true ending of the final book

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A sequel to the last book would actually pick up at the beginning of the first book.
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Re: Stephen King's The Dark Tower - (2017, D: Arcel) S: Elba, McConaughey

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Hmm, I'm not sure how that would work. If you read the true ending of the final book

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A sequel to the last book would actually pick up at the beginning of the first book.

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That's exactly what it is, the next cycle. You can even see the horn of Eld in one of the photos. EW pretty spoils all this in their article that starts by claiming no spoilers.
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Re: Stephen King's The Dark Tower - (2017, D: Arcel) S: Elba, McConaughey

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Spoiler:
That's exactly what it is, the next cycle. You can even see the horn of Eld in one of the photos. EW pretty spoils all this in their article that starts by claiming no spoilers.
Actually that makes a whole lot of sense.

Spoiler:
I don't know if movie audiences would go for a series of films that ends with the main character starting right back at the beginning. This allows them to give the series a more definitive ending.
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