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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 12:48 pm 
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Well, it looks like a movie...but that ain't The Dark Tower in any way, shape or form. :? Maybe, like World War Z, it'll turn out to be a decent movie in its own right, but why buy the rights to the damn books if you're not even gonna TRY to emulate them?


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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 4:21 pm 
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So weird. Seems to me like they decided they couldn't make the books -- or didn't want to -- so a more commercial "inspired by" type of project is what they settled on.

Also, still think it's bizarre this movie is opening in 3 months and this is the first trailer they've issued. Lack of promotion is staggering, and makes you wonder if Sony hasn't given up after seeing it. Guess we'll find out in August!


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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 9:44 pm 
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Boy, if the plan was to do all the books in film and on TV, this looks nothing like the book at all. This could be the epically worst adaptation of a Stephen King novel ever...lol...not excited about this one. And frankly, I think the scope of The Dark Tower series is too big and complex for adaptation as a whole. Just my opinion.


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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 12:24 am 
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AndyDursin wrote:
Also, still think it's bizarre this movie is opening in 3 months and this is the first trailer they've issued. Lack of promotion is staggering, and makes you wonder if Sony hasn't given up after seeing it.


Shades of Dark Shadows, where the first trailer didn't drop until barely TWO months before the release date (and then WB screwed the pooch further by opening it in the middle of May, right after The Avengers). Hey, I actually liked Dark Shadows, but it was like WB saw it as a tax write-off and little else. Same thing with The Dark Tower...say what you will about Ron Howard, but he can make a classically-polished studio movie, and would have attracted a lot more name talent than this. Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but even putting aside the race thing, he's a terrible choice for Roland, a white dude described as "Long, tall and ugly" in the books, none of which applies to Elba. They couldn't even bother to give him a damn HAT? :? And McConaughey is likewise a fine actor, but it seems like they've beefed by the Man In Black's role just to give an Oscar-winner a larger role.

Who knows, this might turn out to be okay, but as a long-time fan of the Dark Tower series, this could not look less like the source material, and for what is obviously supposed to be a franchise-starter, the fact that it's being dumped in August with so little promotional material is telling. This is the kind of material that cried out for a long-form presentation on TV...I'm sure HBO could have done justice to it after they're done with Game Of Thrones.


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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 12:34 am 
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This is the same Ron Howard though who just laid two bombs in a row with IN THE HEART OF THE SEA and INFERNO. And Akiva Goldsman has ruined many a film with terrible scripts. Plus do we need to talk about Sony's track record lately with would-be franchises?

Fans seem to be irate over this too. I wonder if any of those side projects like the TV series are ever going to happen...I'm going to wager no!


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:22 pm 
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NINETY-FIVE-MINUTE running time. :shock:


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:09 pm 
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Sorry MJ, I know you like the brevity, but that is NOT a good sign! Lol

Sounds like Dunkirk works fine for the kind of "experience" it is but 95 minutes likely means Sony is cutting its losses with this one.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:53 pm 
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Girls Trip is a half-hour longer than an adaptation of a book series that sprawled across seven novels and approximately 3,000+ pages of text. :? I'm usually all for movies with compact running times, but this is ABSURD. Imagine The Godfather condensed into a 90-minute B-movie.


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The run time, the lack of promotion, the August release date (after being bounced around the schedule), the decision to scale back the intended franchise spin-offs/TV series/etc = looks like it's over.


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