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Discussion in 'The Dark Tower' started by The Red Queen, Apr 24, 2016.

  1. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    Well, now. Honky MaFa is totally acceptable.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...fair or not doesn't matter to me in this case...it was the tone that set me off...don't come into new territory without at least a modicum of respect for the host....YOU handle yourself politely when you dissent....and I mean that with respect, you don't troll....
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  3. Robert Gray

    Robert Gray Well-Known Member

    Stephen King is the author of the BOOKS. He didn't write the screen play. He, like most of us, would love to see a great movie get made. His input, however, is limited. I don't know why everyone assumes that authors have veto rights or direct control. That has rarely (if ever) happened. If the film stinks, it can never take anything away from the books. We will always have those. We have the Taleslinger to thank for that. If/when the time comes to rage, put the blame where it belongs, i.e. the Studio, Producers, and Director.
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  4. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    First of all, I do think he could have refused to allow. Maybe I'm wrong. But doesn't matter because....it's his work and his choice.

    But, I'm not sure I 100% agree it wouldn't take anything away from the books. If I were to watch the movie, it could be bad enough that it would affect my enjoyment of rereading the books. Clan of the Cave Bear did that. It was many years before I could reread it.
  5. Robert Gray

    Robert Gray Well-Known Member

    Then do as I plan on doing; don't go see it until you have heard enough to know it is safe (and not a waste of your money). Movies are entirely self-inflicted wounds. :) We live in a day and age information and movie studios can't keep secrets even if they wanted to do so. Rotten Tomatoes will have told us if this thing is any good by giving us a average review of both the critics and audience. I've found that average to be fairly accurate on the whole. More to the point, you have this wonderful place provided for us to talk about all things King (and everything else too). I have no doubt there will be more than enough fans of the books going to tell us the skinny. All that aside, think about Star Wars and how dreadful those pre-equals were. I just deleted them from my mind. They don't exist. Easy as that. :D The same can be done for any movie adaptation.
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  6. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    I have no intention of seeing this movie.

    I didn't hate the Star Wars prequels. I even like Jar Jar. Makes my son cringe whenever I say that. But that COTCB movie, I could not just delete from my mind. And it was my comfort book. So dog eared it literally fell apart. But I had to avoid it for years. Now...only one scene remains in my mind and it wasn't in the book at all. so...I will not see DT.
  7. Rockym

    Rockym Well-Known Member

    Yeah me neither. My hype for this movie was instantly killed when I saw that Idris was cast as Roland. Anyone who has read the books can clearly see he is white. Really getting sick and tired of Hollywood race changing long time established characters.
  8. Ebdim9th

    Ebdim9th A Man's Chord and Author/bringer of Bad Dolls

    I'm still waiting for a LOST/ Star Wars crossover movie ....... J.J. Abrams directing and Damon Lindelof screenplay-ing, of course ......
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  9. Look on the bright side :) If BBC had been involved with the movie, a female could have been cast as Roland (is thinking Doctor Who). Apart from the skin color, Idris looks quite a bit how I imagined Roland to look.

    Actually, after thinking about it, a female Roland might be interesting lol.
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  10. DiO'Bolic

    DiO'Bolic Not completely obtuse

    I’ve seen the trailer played quite a bit lately on TV... and I hope the movie is more than just 95 minutes of shoot-em-up bang, bang.
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  11. Zone D Dad

    Zone D Dad Well-Known Member

    I think it's an interesting choice for Elba to play Roland. I like him, so I certainly don't have a problem with it. I probably have a bigger issue with the Man In Black casting. I like Matthew Mcconaughey, but he just doesn't seem right to me for that role. I hope I'm wrong - I often am. I didn't think Tom Cruise could do Interview with a Vampire either and that turned out just fine.

    I have to admit that I've never been excited about a DT adaptation period, although the trailer looks better to me than expected. I like to be reasonably open-minded.
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  12. recitador

    recitador Speed Reader

    after the whole heath ledger kerfuffle regarding his casting as the joker, i try to just wait it out and see what will happen. until you see a whole movie, casting is hard to really rate. and some of the most unlikely casting has led to some really good performances.
  13. Zone D Dad

    Zone D Dad Well-Known Member

    Totally agree. Great performances are often unexpected and casting can be a touchy thing. Except for Shelly Duvall in the Popeye movie - she was born for that role.
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  14. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    I saw the movie last night but can't really say too much about it as it's still embargoed until 8 PM tonight. I think it's okay to say I didn't have a problem with either actor.
  15. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    I'm so happy to hear this! I cannot wait until Friday night. I'm definitely going to see it.

    I haven't read the entire thread, but I wanted to say that I absolutely love that SK allows movies to be made of his work. It's very interesting to see how others visualize the characters and settings and such. Even if he disagrees with the interpretation, allowing it to unfold is precious. Some I've liked, some I can't be bothered to watch - but at least they are out there. I'll report back after I've seen it. I wish we could all go see it together, have drinks after.
  16. Zone D Dad

    Zone D Dad Well-Known Member

    I realize you can't say too much about it, but did you enjoy the film?
  17. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    Very much!
  18. Zone D Dad

    Zone D Dad Well-Known Member

    That's good news. I'll refrain from asking questions about it, as much as it kills me!
  19. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

  20. Terry B

    Terry B Well-Known Member

    I just wish they had put blue contacts in to give Roland those piercing blue eyes...

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