Thirty-five years after the first book was published, after many failed tries, we’re finally getting an adaptation of the Dark Tower series. Stephen King himself was treated to an early screening of the film. And what does he think?
According to director Nikolaj Arcel, King wrote to him, “This is not exactly my novel but this is very much the spirit and the tone. And I’m very happy.”
It’s unsurprising that King would claim the work is not exactly his novel, as Arcel goes on to claim that his movie is “not a direct adaptation of any of the books in the series, but rather a ‘canon continuation’ of the story in the novels.”
However, Arcel also mentioned that King was an active part of the filming process, and gave him notes throughout: “At one point he had, ‘I have some notes for script.’ And he sent us a hard copy of the script, with hand-written notes […] He was very polite and very respectful. It was always like, ‘Maybe Roland doesn’t talk so much here’…he was just like the groundskeeper of the characters.”
Word still has it that it’s being released August 4, so get ready!