Akiva Goldsman, producer of 2017’s The Dark Tower, still likes his version, but acknowledges that there were too many conflicting ideas at play in the film.
Akiva Goldsman provided insight into the fate of massive plans for an expanded universe of The dark tower television and film projects that never came to fruition.
Goldsman produced and co-wrote the script for the 2017 film adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling book of the same name. In a recent interview with The Hollywood ReporterHe explained, “I’m very sorry about the parts of that that didn’t work out. Our best version existed long before there were TV movie crossovers and streaming.”
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Despite the cast of Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, the last of the gunmen, and Matthew McConaughey as Roland’s nemesis, the film was largely criticized by critics for deviating too much from the source material. Sequels based on subsequent books in the series were initially planned, but later scrapped due to poor reception for the initial film.
“I have a lot of affection for books that didn’t end up on screen,” Goldsman said. “And Ron Howard had this idea of what could be done across platforms: He didn’t touch the movie, but sometimes things slip away.”
A planned television series had originally gained momentum prior to the film’s release. It was slated for a 2018 release, then pushed back to 2019 to distance itself from the film following its poor reception. Several stars were announced in prominent roles and Glen Mazzara was in command as showrunner, but the Amazon project was finally canceled in early 2020 due to conflicting schedules and budget issues.
Goldsman still had some positivity for the original film: “There are things about that. [film] I still admire, and idris elba [played a] really wonderful Roland. I think there were too many different points of view, including my own, when it came to figuring out how to tell a compelling story on screen, and we could have done better. “
He will return to the works of Stephen King with an upcoming remake of Fire starter which he and others believe will be more faithful to the original book than the 1984 film starring Drew Barrymore. The Scott Teems scripted film is scheduled to begin filming in about three months.
Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, The dark tower stars Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Abbey Lee, Katheryn Winnick, Fran Kranz, Claudia Kim, and Jackie Earle Haley.
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Fountain: The Hollywood Reporter
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