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I was under the impression the idea was to do a TV series along with further movies if The Dark Tower was financially successfully enough.
I hope you're right, Robert. But the feeling I got from all the years they were working on it, is that somehow they can't figure out how to do it. That's why producer/writer/directors like Abrams or Howard (who's still attached as producer) walk away from it. So finally there is a young director, who's a big fan of the books (by his own admission), who gets the chance to do a big Hollywood film, which he always wanted to do since the film industry in his own country doesn't allow him to do that. And clearly he wasn't fully up to the task and the result is unsatisfactory. So they now will have to change the way they planned to approach the material to follow up from this film (if they had a clear plan lined out for that), because of the poor reception. Thereby the property is sent back to the phase where no one seems to know how to tackle it in the first place. And now added to that is the blight of a 'failed' film it will have to fight too.
Does anyone know why the Dark Tower was not released as a series of films, one for each book or couple of books? It would seem to me to have been artistically and financially better to have done it that way.