So this morning while drinking my cup of coffee, I come across some news that the producer of the Dark Tower Akiva Goldsman and Ron Howard is going to deviate from the original plot of the Dark Tower. This honestly comes as no surprise to me. However, this got me thinking about is the Dark Tower series really that adaptable to film as it is written? I do not think so, overall as a whole I think the overall story of the Dark Tower series is a little to convoluted to be on film, now this being said I do think that the first installment of the Dart Tower series the Gunslinger, is actually written well enough to be on film without any major deviation. But that’s just my two cents here is the facts that we know so far.
Howard explained in an interview on Deadline“Akiva Goldsman first pitched it to me while we were making A Beautiful Mind and the rights weren’t available. JJ Abrams was working on it at first and then Akiva told me JJ was involved in so many projects he let it go. We started talking about what it could be. I read all the novels and we broke them down. He presented this idea to Stephen King, and this is insider material you might not get, but it was about introducing the Horn of Eld into the very first story. He knew it would allow us to use elements of the novels in a new combination that would give us the latitude to be true to the essence of the novels, but also re-balance and refocus the narrative in a cinematic way.”
Now Howard also stated that he wanted to make the story more cinema-friendly. “We simplified the storyline, made it less expensive as a result, but we still utilized a lot of those important structural adjustments that Akiva and I had devised going back years ago. One of the things we did was put together a team of Dark Tower researchers, devotees of the books. We wanted to restructure the novels to be most cinematic and Stephen King agreed completely and understood the journey we were on immediately and supported it. We used this group to inspire our thinking and stay in the universe of Dark Tower.”
So we will just have to wait and see what changes they make and if it will be for the better or not.