In this bonus episode, we palaver about the first official trailer for Nikolaj Arcel’s adaptation of Stephen King’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower. As longtime fans of Stephen King and The Dark Tower series, Tiny and I take to celebrating the fact that this beloved series is finally making the jump to film. We also talk about the Internet’s reaction to the trailer, Easter eggs, and our expectations for the film. Continue reading →
This week, Matt and Tiny discuss the latest Dark Tower TV news before sharing some of their favorite Detective Movies. Then, for potpourri, they share their thoughts on Bosch season 1, HBO’s limited series The Night Of, Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch, and Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room. Continue reading →
OBSESSIVE NOTE: Tiny and I are huge fans of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. When I came up with the idea for a Stephen King Week on the blog, I remembered all of the conversations he and I have had over the years about how The Dark Tower should be adapted. Seriously, several full days of our lives have been spent discussing King’s magnum opus.
So I asked him to write his ideas down for the blog. What I got was a massive and intricately detailed manifesto about his vision for the series we love so much. So, in honor of Dark Tower Day today, here is how Tiny would adapt the series. You can read mine here: Ka is a Wheel – How I Would Adapt The Dark Tower
Much like Roland of Gilead, The Tower has affected my mind. I should say, Roland was plagued, consumed, held prisoner by The Tower. There was no aspect of his existence that The Tower did not corrupt. All I did was read his story. Now I think about him every day. His journey, his torment, his world, his friends, his enemies, his love, his suffering. From Roland’s first days in Mid-World to the final chapter of his journey he is put through a gauntlet of hardships. The emotional distress alone would crush most people, but Roland perseveres. There is, arguably, no other character in all of literature more tragic. Continue reading →
I’ve kept a detailed outline of how I would adapt Stephen King’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower, since I started reading the second book. Around the time I finished the third book, I started day dreaming about what kind of Dark Tower tattoo I would get. I have no interest in getting a tattoo. But there’s something about this particular Stephen King work that speaks to me on a deeper level than anything else he’s written.
For those unfamiliar with The Dark Tower, it’s a multi-book fantasy/western/horror hybrid about Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger remaining in a world that’s “moved on.” He’s a tortured soul who’s consumed by a quest to reach a mythical “Dark Tower” that stands as the nexus of time and space. It connects all of existence and it’s in danger. Roland must journey to the Tower to save his world and all others.
When I read something, my mind instinctively works out how it would fit on the screen (be it large or small). I’m a purest when it comes to adapting things. Maybe it’s because I enjoy writing and, on a subconscious level, I feel like things need to stay as is when being converted to a different format. Regardless, I often have a clear image of what I want to see in an adaptation.
Today I’m kicking off what I’m calling “Stephen King Week” here at the Obsessive Viewer blog. Each day this week I’ll be posting something Stephen King related as I eagerly count the days until the series premiere of Under the Dome.
We’re now seven days away from “Dome Day” and it’s got me reflecting on why I enjoy Stephen King so much. Admittedly, he has a bit of an issue with ending his stories. I won’t dispute that for a moment. I’m okay with it, though. I don’t believe an ending should make or break a story. When I finished The Dark Tower series, I didn’t obsess over the last 50 pages. I sat back and marveled at the 13 month, 3,946 page long journey I had just completed.
It’s why I love television. You can follow a series like a long novel and, if it’s handled properly, your reward will be years of character development and a mental, emotional bond with entirely fictional characters. That’s precisely why I am looking forward to Under the Dome‘s TV adaptation. I have that special twinge of caution that comes with the anticipation of any new series, sure. But for the most part, I’m very excited about it. Continue reading →
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