‘The Dark Tower’ Series Not Going Forward At Amazon

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Amazon Studios has passed on The Dark Tower pilot. The adaptation of Stephen King’s book came from executive producer/showrunner Glen Mazzara and MRC. The production company is shopping the two original scripts that were the basis for the pilot pickup, sources said. (From Deadline)
That's a pity. Here's hoping Netflix or someone similar will have the courage and vision to step up and take on the challenge.
 

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This is a major disappointment. Was so looking forward to it. Casting looked quite good (the actress playing Susan Delgado, Joana Ribeiro, is gorgeous, even when very different from the book). And a good showrunner, with experience from Walking Dead.

I'm just gonna pretend Westworld is actually The Dark Tower. Ed Harris is the Man in Black after all.
 
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To be completely honest, I'd just as soon as them leave the books alone. I don't think it's possible to catch the essence of the DT book series on film. It's too well written, spans too long of a time frame and there just isn't enough mojo in a movie or series to do Mr. King's magnum opus justice, imho. Call me old school I guess but I'm perfectly content just to read the series thru every once in a while, enjoying it a little more each time.
 

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To be completely honest, I'd just as soon as them leave the books alone. I don't think it's possible to catch the essence of the DT book series on film. It's too well written, spans too long of a time frame and there just isn't enough mojo in a movie or series to do Mr. King's magnum opus justice, imho. Call me old school I guess but I'm perfectly content just to read the series thru every once in a while, enjoying it a little more each time.

It was inspired by a film to begin with, when SK saw The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in a nearly empty Bangor theatre. So it should lend itself to a film adaptation naturally. In the end, Lord of the Rings became films too (and now a tv series), which no one ever expected would be possible.

I get what you're saying though. But I still LOVE to see it on film.
 

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It was inspired by a film to begin with, when SK saw The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in a nearly empty Bangor theatre. So it should lend itself to a film adaptation naturally. In the end, Lord of the Rings became films too (and now a tv series), which no one ever expected would be possible.

I get what you're saying though. But I still LOVE to see it on film.
If I remember correctly, Mr. King based the DT series off of a long Robert Browning poem titled "Child Roland to the Dark Tower Came". But the gunslinger character definitely is a nod to "The Man with No Name" spaghetti westerns.
 

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As I've said all along, make it animated with top notch voice talent. But, that won't happen either.

It's probably best left to print after that disaster of a movie.

After the disaster of the movie I was so happy it went almost straigth to becoming a series to be given another chance. I knew all along though it wasn't an absolute sure thing the series was gonna happen, but it's still too bad. Is it known if they filmed anything at all? What kind of look they were going for?

Maybe it's still gonna happen as a series in some other way in time, but it can also be that it's kind of 'doomed' like The Talisman. Hard to tell. I feel with all the technology nowadays nothing's impossible to film anymore.
 

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If I remember correctly, Mr. King based the DT series off of a long Robert Browning poem titled "Child Roland to the Dark Tower Came". But the gunslinger character definitely is a nod to "The Man with No Name" spaghetti westerns.

It has three main inspirations: Browning, Tolkien and Sergio Leone, specifically The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, which showed him he wanted to do it as a western. It's in the forewords, but those are not in every edition I think.
 

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Just noting randomly. There hasn't been anything about Amazon's supposed TDT series. I guess it's not happening, if it was going to then I assume we would have gotten some new information. But TDT has a history of production problems.
This series deserves more adaptions, just bring Idris back already, even those who didn't enjoy the film loved Idris.
Edit: Apparently they filmed a pilot, and it was not well received. Quick question for Marsha, did you know that they filmed a pilot? They might not have, but a number of sources have confirmed that a pilot was indeed made.
If I'm being honest, this isn't surprising, why they decided to adapt The Wizard story is beyond me, far better TDT stories that deserve adaptions.
 

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Just noting randomly. There hasn't been anything about Amazon's supposed TDT series. I guess it's not happening, if it was going to then I assume we would have gotten some new information. But TDT has a history of production problems.
This series deserves more adaptions, just bring Idris back already, even those who didn't enjoy the film loved Idris.
Edit: Apparently they filmed a pilot, and it was not well received. Quick question for Marsha, did you know that they filmed a pilot? They might not have, but a number of sources have confirmed that a pilot was indeed made.
If I'm being honest, this isn't surprising, why they decided to adapt The Wizard story is beyond me, far better TDT stories that deserve adaptions.
Am guessing you missed this thread earlier.

Yes, I knew they were filming the pilot from various discussions including with Robin Furth who was lucky enough to be involved as a consultant. I haven't had the opportunity to see the pilot itself but I'm sure Steve has. He hasn't shared his opinion of it with me and I keep forgetting to ask.
 

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Am guessing you missed this thread earlier.

Yes, I knew they were filming the pilot from various discussions including with Robin Furth who was lucky enough to be involved as a consultant. I haven't had the opportunity to see the pilot itself but I'm sure Steve has. He hasn't shared his opinion of it with me and I keep forgetting to ask.
Had no idea there was a dedicated section to this! :) Too busy with the Cantina!
Thanks Marsha, to be honest., I didn't have great expectations about this show.
 

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The actors seemed too old for the Wizard and Glass story. I suppose they wanted to do that story first, because they want to go through Roland's life chronologically and start with Roland's first important mission in his youth. The thing with Susan scarred him for life, so after they've shown that they can refer back to it all the time later.

If there is a pilot we probably never get to see it. These things seldom get out. Maybe in time it will.
 
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The actors seemed too old for the Wizard and Glass story. I suppose they wanted to do that story first, because they want to go through Roland's life chronologically and start with Roland's first important mission in his youth. The thing with Susan scarred him for life, so after they've shown that they can refer back to it all the time later.

If there is a pilot we probably never get to see it. These things seldom get out. Maybe in time it will.
I get what you are saying about why they decided to do Wizard in Glass, but let's be honest, story wise it isn't any where near as good as any of the other novels. Heck, Wind would have been better.
 

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I get what you are saying about why they decided to do Wizard in Glass, but let's be honest, story wise it isn't any where near as good as any of the other novels. Heck, Wind would have been better.

They would have moved on to the others if the first season had been successful. And no doubt they would have changed a lot. Too bad we'll never know now.
They don't ever seem to take these unaired pilots or unfinished shows off IMDb, it's still there:


Stephen Hopkins did my favourite Nightmare on Elm Street, Part 5, the Dream Child. I really love that one. And the poster you can see in both parts of IT!
 
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