LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 29: Mike Flanagan attends the premiere of Warner Bros Pictures' "Doctor Sleep" at Westwood Regency Theater on October 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
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What Mike Flanagan's Take On Stephen King's Dark Tower Would Look Like
The 2017 film adaption of Stephen King’s beloved, sprawling book series, “The Dark Tower,” bombed at the box office, leaving fans disappointed. Mike Flanagan, the director behind other King film adaptations, “Doctor Sleep” and “Gerald’s Game,” shares how he would approach the project if he
were given a chance to create his
version of the series.
Flanagan said, “It would look like the books... It would be a black screen, and the words ‘The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed’ would come up on silence.” Fleshing out the series would be no small task, as “The Dark Tower” story contains seven main titles and several spin-offs filled with magical elements that would need to be more grounded for audiences.
One issue that the 2017 movie adaptation faced was the lack of time to build the story satisfyingly, so perhaps a TV series could accomplish what the film couldn’t. While there are no plans for a Flanagan-helmed “Dark Tower” adaptation, the director is still hopeful, saying, “It would be my Everest to do that, but nothing would make me happier, and god, I hope there’s a chance. I really do.”