Flanagan Poised to Impress Again
Fans of Flanagan and Stephen King now have something to rejoice about as Flanagan stretches forth his hands to craft a made-for-television adaptation of The Dark Tower series.
The Dark Tower series is an iconic work of King and one of the first works demonstrating a shift in his creative output. The Dark Tower is classified as fantasy, science fiction, western, and horror, a hodgepodge of genres variant from King’s strictly genre-specific (horror) fare. Stephen King once spoke of the The Dark Tower series in a manner that could only define it as his opus. A statement by King on stephenking.com reads, “I have written enough novels and short stories to fill a solar system of the imagination, but Roland’s story is my Jupiter—a planet that dwarfs all others….” Undoubtedly this is due to the investment of time spent on this work. Reportedly, King began the series in 1970 and continued to pour into it for over 42 years, a considerable chunk of his life. And as a result, The Dark Tower series is the” Linchpin” of his imaginative multiverse.
There are no words that adequately frame the beauty of the series. It is something one must behold for themselves either through King’s voice via page or a visual adaptation. The written text remains available for those who desire that King’s prose stroke their imagination. Unfortunately, there are few visual adaptations wherein others may find their enjoyment.
Visual Adaptation (Film/TV)
The most recent adaptation of The Dark Tower was released in 2017 and was co-written by Nikolaj Arcel. It was a highly anticipated film with Idris Elba in the lead as Roland and Matthew McConaughey as the antagonist, “The Man in Black.” However, the film did not impress fans of Stephen King’s work. Nevertheless, King himself was not disenchanted with the result. Perhaps this was because of his awareness of the production team’s challenge. King told Vulture in an up close and personal interview, “The major challenge was doing a film based on a long series of books, about 3,000 pages. And the other part was the decision to do a PG-13 feature adaptation of extremely violent books that deal with violent behavior in a fairly graphic way.”
Given the lukewarm sentiment from audiences regarding the feature, it is highly probable that some agreed that perhaps the movie was too tame. Whatever the rationale, it failed to meet expectations, as is sometimes the case with adaptive material.
Mike Flanagan: The Man for the Job
Mike Flanagan has thrown his hat in the ring as the next to take on The Dark Tower. And fans are stoked. One pertinent reason is Flanagan’s credibility and history of delivering solid performers. Mike Flanagan has cemented a name for himself in horror with successful features Oculus, Ouija, Doctor Sleep, Gerald’s Game, and Haunting of Hill House. Thus, he’s proved himself the man for the job.
Flanagan has an undeniable talent for sure, but there is one other factor that makes him the right man for the job. Two of Flanagan’s most successful projects are already adaptations of King’s work meaning he’s already got a handle on converting King’s brilliant output to the screen. But that’s not all.
Another Check for Flanagan
Flanagan’s avid interest in the project is another plus for fans. This is a dream come true for Flanagan. An excited Flanagan told Deadline, “More than half of my life, I’ve closed my eyes and been able to watch a lot of this play out.” Not only has he mapped out the vision, he now has the opportunity to fulfill it. And he’s giving it everything he’s got. Flanagan laid out his vision to Deadline: “I wrote a pilot; we view it as a series that’s going at least five seasons.”
Flanagan’s Move & Home for The Dark Tower Series
As many know, Flanagan is moving on from his six-year residence with Netflix. His upcoming feature, Fall of The House of Usher, will be his last with the streamer. However, Flanagan has a new home with Amazon Studios which will more than likely serve as the platform for The Dark Tower series. Interestingly, Amazon Prime first retained the rights to The Dark Tower and intended to pull together the project. However, things did not come together. But now Flanagan has those rights.
So now that the project is a go and we know where it will find its home, all that fans can do is await news of a release date.
The Dark Tower (2017) Official Sony Pictures Entertainment Trailer