Dark Tower's Production Was Plagued by Too Many Vetos

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The Dallas Buyers Club star gained 47 pounds (21.3 kilograms) dining on pizza, burgers, and beer to get into character as chain-smoking Kenny Wells in the 2016 crime drama, but he had to lose all of the extra weight for his next role in The Dark Tower. "After seeing the film, King sent Arcel an email praising him". Matthew plays the villainous role of the Man in Black.

"What brought me was this opportunity to make something original, something that was definitely going to be an exercise for the imagination of any audience, whether you read the books or not". I would have liked more detail, but agree with the approach the filmmakers took. "But I felt like they were the second or third one, and the characters I was being offered were sort of an amendment to the story, because they'd succeeded earlier". And, at one point, The Dark Tower takes a baffling detour into CGI-heavy action that looks even less stylish and would seem more appropriate in a made-for-TV adaptation of King's work.

He further continued, "To get in with Idris, Nikolaj, and Sony, and the creators, and go 'Hey, we're gonna be the first to tell the story". Rather than the more than stellar response the studio had been hoping for, they discovered that "audiences at the test screenings couldn't under the mythology" of The Dark Tower and, when surveyed, ultimately gave the film a poor rating.

Starring Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Dennis Haysbert, Jackie Earle Haley, Abbey Lee and Katheryn Winnick.

But whereas the book series is long, slow, and philosophical, The Dark Tower film suffers from faster pacing and a short runtime that will bewilder most.

McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club", "True Detective") is a bit more interesting, but he isn't exactly spellbinding, either.

"The Dark Tower", which stars Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, will premiere in US theaters on Friday, Aug. 4. We already know that the film will be a sequel to King's multi-genre novels, and now, there's some good news that would please long-time fans who may not like the libertie sthe film is taking with King's books.

"But what the film fails to do is capture any of the subtly, lore, and heartbreak that makes the books so remarkable."
There's another fun scene where Roland finds himself being questioned by a doctor inside a NYC hospital, but they double down on that fish-outta-water angle in a later scene that's just skin-crawlingly corny (it involves Roland eating a hot dog).

But I digress, easy to do with a movie like this, where the plot doesn't even rate as an after-thought.

Unfortunately, it seems as though my initial suspicions about The Dark Tower not working may be borne out.

According to a new report from Variety, which, in all honesty, should be taken with a grain of salt and shouldn't determine whether or not you see this movie, sources close to the project said that the creative process for The Dark Tower "was plagued with problems" and "clashing visions", and the studio, unsurprisingly, denied the allegations when asked to comment on them.

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