THE DARK TOWER Is Entertaining, But Not Groundbreaking

Wishing America a good morning... The star appeared on Monday's episode of GMA

The biggest change fans will have to reconcile, I suspect, is who the movie is structured around.

When Howard was attached, the plan became to adapt to series into a handful of movies, as well as a connected cable-TV series.

The film's story centers on 11-year-old James Chambers (Tom Taylor), who is plagued by visions of a Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), a "Gunslinger" (Idris Elba), and a mythical Dark Tower. Jake's mom thinks he needs psychological help and is having trouble coping with the death of his father, whom he lost in a fire. We've seen a number of child characters thought to be going insane but who in reality are the only ones who actually know what is going on, but Taylor manages to make it feel fresh in the early part of "The Dark Tower".

With the feature film set to open in theaters tonight, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the spin-off TV series for The Dark Tower is still very much in development and has added former The Walking Dead and The Shield executive producer Glen Mazzara to showrun the series.

Fans of Stephen King's beloved The Dark Tower series will find themselves flocking to their nearest movie theater this weekend to catch the Nikolaj Arcel's long-awaited film adaptation of the author's novels, but, chances are, many of them won't be aware of the disastrous post-production process that the filmmakers reportedly went through. Mashable's Angie Han says The Dark Tower movie isn't for Dark Tower readers because it's so "lacking in the magic" of Stephen King's work.

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Sometimes you can see the writing on the wall for the critical reception for movies before they even come out.

Matthew McConaughey, on the other hand, struggled to determine the film's tone, just like his director. "I wanted to have that same feeling". We know from "Beasts of No Nation" that Elba is capable of playing the most bad of villains, and he can do it without looking comically pleased with himself. The actor's performance is sure to snag a nomination at the end of the year - but it will mostly likely be for a Razzie, instead of an Oscar.

Or - look, the movie is hopeless, so let's just have fun thinking about casting - they could have kept Elba as the hero and hired Jude Law as the villain, because Law knows how to do that double thing the role required: Complete self-love and utter self-loathing happening at the exact same time.

It seems hard to believe the film was given such a puny budget of only $60 million. That's exactly what director Nikolai Arcel has attempted to do with The Dark Tower, and while it might not hit the same surreal highs its source material, it's at least a valiant effort. Test audiences found it too confusing. This is a total departure from the novels, but makes sense for the film.

During Bustle's game of "All Right, All Right, All Wrong" (fittingly named for McConaughey's most famous saying), I read the co-stars several statements about each other, some of which are true and some are most definitely false.

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