The Dark Tower adaptation flopped at cinemas because it wasn’t violent enough, according to author Stephen King.
The writer has questioned the decisions made by producers of his summer (17) adaptation, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, insisting he feared the film version of his book series wouldn’t be a hit.
The movie was savaged by critics and grossed a disappointing $50.4 million at the North American box office – and King believes he knows why.
“The major challenge was to do a film based on a series of books that’s really long, about 3,000 pages,” the writer told Vulture.
“The other part of it was the decision to do a PG-13 feature adaptation of books that are extremely violent and deal with violent behaviour in a fairly graphic way. That was something that had to be overcome.”
But King has nothing but praise for screenwriter Akiva Goldsman’s work, telling the outlet he did “a terrific job in taking a central part of the book and turning it into what I thought was a pretty good movie”.
Meanwhile, King has confirmed reports that despite the film’s lack of success, TV bosses are still going ahead with plans to turn the book series into a small screen drama, adding, “We’ll see what happens with that. It would be, like, a complete reboot.”
Elba recently revealed he would be interested in reprising his character, Roland Deschain, for the TV series.
“I still think there’s sort of room to make that character perhaps blossom even further,” he recently told Buzzfeed. “There’s certainly the material, it’s just about how you decipher it.”