The Dark Tower Expected To Top Detroit At Box Office

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The flick has been directed by Nikolaj Arcel who spoke about the author and his involvement in the project.

"On a film with two studios and powerful producers, obviously there is much passionate creative debate on how to work certain ideas or beats", he said. Will the low scores scrap the movie's plan for a franchise?

The Dark Tower is out in the United Kingdom on August 18. Or, at least, the hope.

The long-anticipated adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower has finally made it to Keystone Earth (that's our world, by the way), and most reviews paint the film as a total letdown - whether you're a fan of the books or not. But we're getting ahead of ourselves. While not bad, it is an unremarkable work of cinema and, with about 90 minutes of actual story, feels like an extended pilot for a television series. The tower creates light and order throughout the universe, but on the outside of this perimeter, there is chaos, darkness and really disgusting monsters. And when a clinic mysteriously learns of him and offers to take him for a weekend for a round of intensive treatment - heck, they'll even pick him up - his parents eagerly agree.

He soon finds a portal to Mid-World, where Roland lives, and encounters him in a desert. "You're not thinking about the name, right?" he continued. Based largely on Wizard and Glass, the fourth book in the series, and flashbacks from The Gunslinger (book 1) the series will focus on Roland Deschain's origin story - how he first became a gunslinger and got his guns, his first conflict with the man in black, his first love and his first mission as a gunslinger. On the whole The Dark Tower can be missed and one might want to give a chance to its reading after all. Although Elba ("The Wire", "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom") is extremely talented, he, like the movie, is merely OK as this last gunslinger.

During a recent interview with IndieWire, director Nikolaj Arcel (who's also helping with the series) revealed that the TV series will adhere closely to King's novels.

"The Dark Tower" is about a young boy who discovers a place called the Mid-World. There's one particular shot of McConaughey that is so misguided in how it's composed, I nearly burst out laughing in the theater.

While Mazzara will oversee day-to-day operations on the series, Akiva Goldsman will executive produce with his Weed Road Pictures president of production Gregory Lessans, Imagine TV's Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, and Jeff Pinkner. Sony has had this issue in the past with its Amazing Spider-Man movies, which led to the studio taking the rare step in partnering up with the more creatively fruitful Marvel Studios to interconnect Spidey with the box office might of The Avengers.

I should admit upfront that my personal knowledge of the Dark Tower series is fairly limited, so I can't speak to how closely the movie follows the books with true expertise.

Stars (of four): 1.5.

Runtime: 1 hour, 35 minutes.



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