“The Man in Black was fleeing across the desert, and the gunman was after him.” so it begins The Dark Tower, the commonly considered magnum opus from Stephen King, and thus Mike Flanagan has promised that he will begin his adaptation for Amazon. A saga of seven novels and an intermission, with successive comic adaptations and some volumes intended to summarize the extensive mythology overturned by its author over the years. Disjointed, magical, poetic, Roland Deschain’s search ranges from the psychedelic metaphysics of the 70s to The gunmanits first volume, up to the most intimate metanarrative of the denouement, going through adventure, terror, time travel, vampires, the formation of a family or ka-tet, or even the romantic inventiveness of that dark fairy tale of Wizard and Crystal.
“The film, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, made number one at the US box office but was vilified by critics. fans“
of course for what The Dark Tower, glue of all universes, can rise, the “Flanaverso” has had to die. The North American director has not renewed his contract with Netflix, where he gave birth to reinterpretations of horror classics such as The Haunting of Hill House Y The Haunting of Bly Manor based respectively on Shirley Jackson and Henry James, as well as their original story midnight massto pass to the distinguished competence of the streaming. The shock of running out of the outcome of the midnight club, based on the works of Christopher Pike (a lighter YA adventure but loaded with all the emotional density of Flanagan) was soon offset by the promise of a new adventure. Be careful, there is still one to be released on Netflix, already filmed, The fall of the House of Usherbased on the short story by one Edgar Allan Poe.
considered unadaptable, the dark tower was the subject of a low-key adaptation by Sony Pictures in 2017. The film, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, made number one at the US box office but was vilified by critics. fans. The screenwriter Akiva Goldsman entangled in the chronology of the story, pretending to start with the third book and promising to complete the myth in sequels that never came. One can enjoy it more as an action fantasy, but what should have been a Lord of the Rings film soon joined the list of quickly forgotten King adaptations.
“The project of the dark tower by Flanagan and Amazon consists of five seasons, the first of them perfectly designed already in his head“
Flanagan, meanwhile, has been picking up the baton from Frank Darabont (The Fog, Life Imprisonment) as the one most capable of adapting the stories of the writer, who is experiencing a recovery after the phenomenal success of the two films by Item. His adaptation of doctor sleep is able to ingratiate Kubrick with King while covering the file for a good horror sequel to an unattainable classic, and that of Gerald’s game for Netflix, a great film that made us aware of its closeness to the genius of Maine and the best interpretation of one of Flanagan’s fetish actresses, the phenomenal Carla Gugino. His (slow) dramatic tempo, vital anguish and infinite capacity for jump scare blows away any contemporary high horror author. Flanagan makes popular horror without snobbery, but at the same time, his works are far from the typical witch carousel we are used to.
The project of the dark tower by Flanagan and Amazon consists of five seasons, the first of them perfectly designed already in his head, and finally two feature films. The author owns the rights outside of his and his production company, Intrepid Pictures,’s deal with Amazon, so he could take his project elsewhere if it doesn’t crystallize there. And for the moment little else, just the great news and the beginning of a long wait. But remember, when you see the gunslinger running after the Man in Black, Randall Flagg, that the Ka is a wheel and its sole purpose is to spin, and spin, and spin…