The series of books by Stephen King entitled, Dark Tower are getting adapted for the big screen just like the majority of the authors other works. In this case the film rights were acquired by Star Trek director JJ Abrams, and his Lost co-creator, Damon Lindelof. Lindelof recently spoke to MTV about how the two writers plan on producing a film based on such a beloved book series. His response was “the project would require at least as much care as Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Watchmen.”
More of the interview after the jump.
Is that statement a good thing or a bad thing? We all know of the hardship Snyder and his producers went through to get Watchmen made. In this case I think he’s referring to the dilemma that comes with adapting any literary work that has a cult following, but will have to address a wider audience.
“Having seen Zack go through what he went through on ‘Watchmen’ in terms of saying of where can I digress from the material I just get headaches thinking about changing anything,” Lindelof told MTV News. “It was the defining literary tale of my young adulthood into adulthood.”
The writer even voiced some of his concerns regarding changing the material. He acknowledged that his respect for King and love for the book complicates the creative process.
“My reverence for Stephen King is now getting in the way of what any good writer would do first when they’re adapting a book, which is take creative license in changing stuff,” he explained.
Whenever they do decide to get this show on the road, Paramount Studios will be ready and willing to turn this one film into something more.
“Paramount is certainly looking at it as a franchise movie and thinking about sequels but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves,” Lindelof said. “Ideas have been thrown around that are very informal at this point.”
I think Abrams and Lindelof will have to decide on one or two paths. One, aim for the general public with the assumption that the majority of the viewers have no prior knowledge of the material (Wolverine). Two, stay close to the book and cater to the cult followers, while leaving certain things unexplained by assuming the audience is already familiar with the story (Watchmen).
Which way do you think they should go with Dark Tower?
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