It’s that time of year again. It’s that time when Matthew McConaughey once again comes out of the woodwork and takes a break from being one of the best men ever (yeah, we really like him) to actually do some work. This time, he’s been enlisted to star in Stephen King’s Dark Tower, as the futuristic-y, other-worldly, David Copperfield-y ‘Man in Black’ (nope, not the Will Smith kind) to manipulate and abduct children with his magical powers and force them to destroy the epic Dark Tower that protects us all from deadly demons. Wowza.
Stephen King fans have been waiting on tenterhooks for years, waiting for the release of the Dark Tower movie. However, McConaughey and the whole production has failed to impress. Despite the fact the movie topped the box-office charts in the first week, the reviews haven’t been great. With many criticizing the intense amount of information and action forced into one 1 hour and 35-minute movie, and others judging the differences between the books and the film, fans aren’t happy and keep asking the same question – would it have been better as a TV show?
Here’s what the critics are saying:
The Dark Tower is a thoroughly average take on some truly incredible source material. While the fantastic leads do the best with what they’re given, it’s ultimately not enough to compensate for a lack of time spent building characters and their motivations in the script
– Marty Sliva, IGN.
The Dark Tower is so astoundingly awful that when you leave the theater you’ll likely be less mad you wasted your time than flabbergasted that something like this could a) happen and b) be released as something that, theoretically, is going to launch a multi-platform franchise.
– Mike Ryan, Uproxx.
But even if we set aside this particular interpretation of the mythology, The Dark Tower is a deeply flawed movie. It’s a film that feels rushed and plodding, sometimes within the same scene.
– Scott Wampler, Birth. Movies. Death.
I mean, that’s gotta hurt. Of course, the reviews aren’t all bad, and there are both critics and fans in the world that have absolutely loved the movie and its integrity. With eight novels to its name, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series is now in a plight of limbo. Although Sony has already entered into a contract for two more Dark Tower movies, would it be wise to continue with the franchise after this? Well, it turns out most fans would prefer to see the series as a TV franchise rather than a movie franchise – which might not be out of the question.
Over a year ago, it was announced that a Dark Tower TV series was in the early development stages. The Dark Tower movie director, Ron Howard, spoke about the project a while ago.
We’re developing the television part, now. We don’t know what platform it will be on at this point, but we’re developing the content in hopes for more movies that will cover the epic and the characters involved.
Unfortunately, there’s been no update on the TV series, but maybe these reviews will push the project forward? Who knows, but we’re not going to let the reviews dampen our Stephen King love!