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2013-09-17 07:05:13 PM
Arrested development?
 
2013-09-17 08:06:32 PM
This story is just going to repeat itself over time.
 
2013-09-17 08:08:25 PM
I trust Ron Howard, but I'm always a little leary of King's choices for screenwriters.  And I'm still on the fence about Akiva Goldman and the last three books in the series.
 
2013-09-17 08:09:51 PM

NewportBarGuy: Arrested development?


SUSANNAH HOLT!  \o/
 
2013-09-17 08:18:15 PM
He has forgotten the face of Andy Griffith.
 
2013-09-17 08:27:13 PM
Had that game on the original Macintosh. Impossible to finish.
 
2013-09-17 08:58:27 PM
He's lost the path of the beam.
 
2013-09-17 09:01:02 PM
So is EVERY board game being made into a movie now?
 
2013-09-17 09:02:09 PM

Equilibrist: This story is just going to repeat itself over time.


*checks belt for horn*

Dammit, gotta try again.
 
2013-09-17 09:22:13 PM
techorange.com
 
2013-09-17 09:40:48 PM
As much as I hate to say it, I don't think we'll get a good Dark Tower adaptation for years, whether it be a series of movies or a weekly show on HBO or Showtime. It's been in development hell for years now, and I just don't think we'll get someone that's gutsy enough to really show some of the cool stuff from the early books, and manage to fix some of the stuff from the later books.
 
2013-09-17 09:43:44 PM
And I'm still on the fence about Akiva Goldman

But Batman and Robin and Lost in Space were so brilliant.  He did get an award for A Beautiful Mind because he didn't go full retard.
 
2013-09-17 09:43:47 PM
dark tower?

is this a sequel to mandingo?

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2013-09-17 09:47:29 PM

Omahawg: dark tower?

is this a sequel to mandingo?

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Just because...

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Trailer (pops)
 
2013-09-17 09:50:10 PM

Dingleberry Dickwad: As much as I hate to say it, I don't think we'll get a good Dark Tower adaptation for years, whether it be a series of movies or a weekly show on HBO or Showtime. It's been in development hell for years now, and I just don't think we'll get someone that's gutsy enough to really show some of the cool stuff from the early books, and manage to fix some of the stuff from the later books.


Taken as a whole, the series is shiat.  Someone needs to take the entire property and rewrite it.  And that someone preferably wouldn't have brain damage from years of abusing cocaine and alcohol.
 
2013-09-17 10:00:06 PM

Lsherm: Dingleberry Dickwad: As much as I hate to say it, I don't think we'll get a good Dark Tower adaptation for years, whether it be a series of movies or a weekly show on HBO or Showtime. It's been in development hell for years now, and I just don't think we'll get someone that's gutsy enough to really show some of the cool stuff from the early books, and manage to fix some of the stuff from the later books.

Taken as a whole, the series is shiat.  Someone needs to take the entire property and rewrite it.  And that someone preferably wouldn't have brain damage from years of abusing cocaine and alcohol.


Really? I see it completely opposite. As a whole it's a great epic tale, but some of the bits of that tale, particularly around abouts the last 3 books things get pretty stupid. You can see what he was going for in areas, but he missed the mark. I will agree that any adaptation will need some heavy editing, but IMO the edits are more for getting rid of stupid shiat like the Stephen King triplets and the Crimson King's punk ass death. Any series or movies needs to have the book ending with the horn though.
 
2013-09-17 10:04:44 PM

Lsherm: Dingleberry Dickwad: As much as I hate to say it, I don't think we'll get a good Dark Tower adaptation for years, whether it be a series of movies or a weekly show on HBO or Showtime. It's been in development hell for years now, and I just don't think we'll get someone that's gutsy enough to really show some of the cool stuff from the early books, and manage to fix some of the stuff from the later books.

Taken as a whole, the series is shiat.  Someone needs to take the entire property and rewrite it.  And that someone preferably wouldn't have brain damage from years of abusing cocaine and alcohol.


I agree with this sentiment, as a literary read it's not bad. Not his best obviously, but not bad. However a direct adaptation would translate to pure garbage on screen.

However....and I stress however....given the correct writing talent one could take that foundation and build something pretty farking cool off it.
 
2013-09-17 10:08:20 PM
I can't wait to see the part where Clint Eastwood in his ruby slippers stands next to C3p0 and fires on a pack of Dr. Doom robots that are riding wolves and armed with lightsabers and Harry Potter Sneetch-grenades. That will look so AWESOME on the big screen!!11!


/// Books 1-3 were flat out Great. Book 4 was slow but good. Books 5-7 were just more shiat on the post van manure pile $K is squeezing out. When an author says he had to force himself to sit down and finish his story, you're not going to come up with positive results (if you remember, it's the same thing g.l. said about the prequels).
 
2013-09-17 10:12:19 PM

North_Central_Positronics: I trust Ron Howard, but I'm always a little leary of King's choices for screenwriters.  And I'm still on the fence about Akiva Goldman and the last three books in the series.

King is a hack crock of shiat who ruined the series he created by noisily vomiting on its corpse.

Not that I thought the last half of the series was utter unredeemable shiat, or that all of his novels 'end' the same way (that is, they don't; he always uses the 'and here's where I'd pick up again if I were making a sequel!' cliff hanger ending).
 
2013-09-17 10:12:34 PM
..and that doesn't even include the oh so original duck amuck ending to the book.
 
2013-09-17 10:22:39 PM

OnlyM3: I can't wait to see the part where Clint Eastwood in his ruby slippers stands next to C3p0 and fires on a pack of Dr. Doom robots that are riding wolves and armed with lightsabers and Harry Potter Sneetch-grenades. That will look so AWESOME on the big screen!!11!


/// Books 1-3 were flat out Great. Book 4 was slow but good. Books 5-7 were just more shiat on the post van manure pile $K is squeezing out. When an author says he had to force himself to sit down and finish his story, you're not going to come up with positive results (if you remember, it's the same thing g.l. said about the prequels).


The way I see it, if a team of editors were to have the time, they whittle the last 3 books down to either one large book similar to The Stand or IT, or into two smaller books and the story would be much better. Hell you could almost make one good book out of Wolves of the Calla and Song of Susannah if you picked up the pacing and got rid of some shiat. Cut out some of the stuff with Calla, make it a quick meet the townsfolks for a day or so, take care of the Doom bots, make sure Jake gets to watch his buddy get killed. Get rid of some of Father Callahan's story, get rid of Roland's love interest, ease up on the number of times they go "Todash". It shouldn't take an entire book for Susannah to struggle with her alter ego the way it did. Trim that shiat down. I'm in the minority that I liked Eddie and Roland meeting King as he started the tower books, but limit that shiat too.
 
2013-09-17 10:30:32 PM
This can't work. Nicholson is dead and Kubrick has retired.
 
2013-09-17 10:30:57 PM

Dingleberry Dickwad: Trim that shiat down.


I think this has been King's issue for awhile now. There has yet to be an editor that sits down with him and truthfully honestly gives him the criticism needed to make his books master works. He is an amazing writer, there is no doubt about that, however a writer is only as good as the editor filters out the bad and allows the good and for years I think the many editors working with him have just felt they need not touch his work as much as it truly is needed.

Hell there are a couple of his books in the last decade where you could trim it down to a short story and it could easily pass off as an amazing work, but when strung out on his wordy wordyness just drag on and drag the entire work down.
 
2013-09-17 10:37:43 PM
Better be.
 
2013-09-17 10:39:28 PM
Let's hope it's a bit better than "The Stand", which amounted to standing in line at Disneyland with Gary Sinise and M-O-O-N for four freaking hours.
 
2013-09-17 10:41:01 PM
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2013-09-17 10:43:44 PM
Should be done as an HBO series.

Almost think it should be done animated, rather than live action, to get some of the weirdness of the world right.
 
2013-09-17 10:48:28 PM

Marcus Aurelius: Let's hope it's a bit better than "The Stand", which amounted to standing in line at Disneyland with Gary Sinise and M-O-O-N for four freaking hours.


Hey now, The Stand wasn't that bad for a made for network TV miniseries. Sure there were some casting choices that should have been thought over a bit more, and some specific elements should have been included and some should have been cut, but over all it was pretty good, except that they kept the book ending. Sinise, Lowe, Ossie Davis, Ray Walston, hell most of the cast turned out pretty great. Molly Ringwald and the guy that played Flagg were mistakes though.
 
2013-09-17 11:06:08 PM
They are just waiting for Eastwoods son to get a bit older.
 
2013-09-17 11:10:58 PM

Dingleberry Dickwad: Marcus Aurelius: Let's hope it's a bit better than "The Stand", which amounted to standing in line at Disneyland with Gary Sinise and M-O-O-N for four freaking hours.

Hey now, The Stand wasn't that bad for a made for network TV miniseries. Sure there were some casting choices that should have been thought over a bit more, and some specific elements should have been included and some should have been cut, but over all it was pretty good, except that they kept the book ending. Sinise, Lowe, Ossie Davis, Ray Walston, hell most of the cast turned out pretty great. Molly Ringwald and the guy that played Flagg were mistakes though.


seriously? for every actor involved, it was easily their worst performance in anything they were ever in, and given the d-list cast, that was no mean feat.
 
2013-09-17 11:16:15 PM

Bob The Nob: i.imgur.com


You can't bring that up without linking to the Flash version.
 
2013-09-17 11:22:41 PM

Omahawg: dark tower?

is this a sequel to mandingo?

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Does this mean Samuel L.  Bronkowitz is producing?
 
2013-09-17 11:28:53 PM
Didn't like the first one, the 2nd one was a great improvement, and by the time the 3rd one came around, it became clear King had no intention of ever finishing the series so i lost interest.
 
2013-09-18 12:05:01 AM

T.rex: Didn't like the first one, the 2nd one was a great improvement, and by the time the 3rd one came around, it became clear King had no intention of ever finishing the series so i lost interest.


Ha, most people would argue the problem is that he did.
 
2013-09-18 12:35:29 AM

Rolander: They are just waiting for Eastwoods son to get a bit older.


Nah. Just cast Hugh Jackman.
 
2013-09-18 12:48:41 AM

Mad_Radhu: So is EVERY board game being made into a movie now?


I would totally see that movie.

/BRIGANDS!!
 
2013-09-18 01:25:24 AM
I was fine with the first couple books, but the third book, with the drawn out story of Susan, was the point at which it went downhill. After that it was like Stephen King wrote a 3000-page letter that said, "I couldn't make what's supposed to be the most significant event of Roland's life interesting despite taking 500 pages, and after that I made SPOILERS Roland killing his mother so completely insignificant that it only gets mentioned once again before the end, as an addendum to a list of other things. After that, I realized I was a hack, so I took a break, read the liner notes from The Number of the Beast and came up with the completely original idea that literary characters actually inhabit alternate universes. For reason$, rather than coming to a quick resolution, I drew the ending out for another four books, increasingly phoning it in, and then still didn't give it a resolution. PS: Buy The Stand 2, coming 2014."
 
2013-09-18 01:41:01 AM

Jclark666: I was fine with the first couple books, but the third book, with the drawn out story of Susan,


For the record that was the fourth book. However, I don't disagree with you, and that is despite actually enjoying the final books well enough. They were decent enough, and they fit well enough in the revised Dark Tower universe.

But I still wish there were a version of the Dark Tower series that stuck to the original ideas set up in the original version of The Gunslinger (which is still one of my favorite books of all time). "The Drawing of Three" and "The Wasteland" followed well enough from it, but like you say, things got all wacky in the 4th book.

/while Flagg may be the Ageless Stranger, he's not also both Walter and Marten, dammit! :(
//and Farson is still a place to me!
 
2013-09-18 01:42:37 AM

Jclark666: I was fine with the first couple books, but the third book, with the drawn out story of Susan, was the point at which it went downhill. After that it was like Stephen King wrote a 3000-page letter that said, "I couldn't make what's supposed to be the most significant event of Roland's life interesting despite taking 500 pages, and after that I made SPOILERS Roland killing his mother so completely insignificant that it only gets mentioned once again before the end, as an addendum to a list of other things. After that, I realized I was a hack, so I took a break, read the liner notes from The Number of the Beast and came up with the completely original idea that literary characters actually inhabit alternate universes. For reason$, rather than coming to a quick resolution, I drew the ending out for another four books, increasingly phoning it in, and then still didn't give it a resolution. PS: Buy The Stand 2, coming 2014."


The third book (The Waste Lands) was Blaine the Train, and it was far from the worst.  Song of Susannah was arguably the worst, with The Dark Tower a runner up if only because, like most King stories, he doesn't have any idea how to end them.
 
2013-09-18 03:10:38 AM
I think King rushed the end cause he nearly died and it freaked him out. People still in 2013 complain he doesn't write like he did in 1998 before he got hit by a van, but that's bullshiat. His output before the van sucked (Rose Madder, Dolores Clairborne) and his frickin painkiller novel Dreamcatcher at least gave us one of the worst movies ever to laugh at.

The Wind Through The Keyhole (aka Dark Tower 4.5) does not get enough love, but then I listened to the audiobook, which King narrated himself. It's the only first-person Dark Tower book with Roland, and having King read his lines while biking around town was just terrific.

You always know an old out-of-touch King fan when they complain the van knocked the writing out of him. Might have been true 13 years ago, but King is way better now than he ever was.
 
2013-09-18 03:22:09 AM
I do think the "Stephen King sucks after the van" trope is pretty hilarious though.

It was nearly 15 years ago and he's written a ton of books since then. Some were good, some were horrible, some I didn't read. But if you think it's clever to joke about some 2001 humor, eh.
 
2013-09-18 03:26:34 AM
Full Dark, No Stars. published in 2010.

Go on, guys who still think it's topical to mock his van accident from the 20th Century.

Go on, tell me why that book sucks.
 
2013-09-18 03:53:09 AM

Confabulat: I do think the "Stephen King sucks after the van" trope is pretty hilarious though.

It was nearly 15 years ago and he's written a ton of books since then. Some were good, some were horrible, some I didn't read. But if you think it's clever to joke about some 2001 humor, eh.


King wrote an entire Kindle short about "gathering nuggets" as a novelist.  We have no idea if he actually wrote those stories after he got hit.
 
2013-09-18 04:29:58 AM

Dingleberry Dickwad: Get rid of some of Father Callahan's story


I agree with you except this part. I would have given Callahan a bigger part.  Cut 'Mordred' out entirely, ditto the 'artist ex machina' and rewrite the Crimson King as an actual bad guy. Hell, put 'the beast' that Marten/Walter mentions in there too. If you NEED a 'dark version' of a character, make the Beast a version of Roland who didn't get redeemed. Keep the 'restart' ending though, I liked that.


/Sai King forgot the face of his father sometime around the Sneetches and doom-bots IMHO
 
2013-09-18 07:05:20 AM

Lsherm: King wrote an entire Kindle short about "gathering nuggets" as a novelist.  We have no idea if he actually wrote those stories after he got hit

Actually, Stephen King sort of has rules about that sort of thing. I've noticed most people online don't really care one way or the other.

 
2013-09-18 07:07:48 AM
And really, the whole "Stephen King sucks after the van" refrain is from people who don't realize it's 2013, and they are still mad that Cell was shiat in like 2001. The guy spent a decade writing books while those idiots failed to notice time passing.
 
2013-09-18 07:11:23 AM
Remember, it's 2013. Stephen King got hit by a van in 1999, nearly 15 years ago. Yet trust me, people will come in here to complain it's all shiat since then. I wonder how they could possibly know.
 
2013-09-18 07:12:55 AM
And King has done some of his best work in the past 15 years, but that's hard for the people angry about 1999 still to understand. But Dolores Claiborne!
 
2013-09-18 08:01:53 AM

Dingleberry Dickwad: As much as I hate to say it, I don't think we'll get a good Dark Tower adaptation for years, whether it be a series of movies or a weekly show on HBO or Showtime. It's been in development hell for years now, and I just don't think we'll get someone that's gutsy enough to really show some of the cool stuff from the early books, and manage to fix some of the stuff from the later books.


On one hand, the success of Game of Thrones makes the chance of Dark Tower getting adapted for TV more likely, as execs are sheep and will only green-light things which have proven to be successful.

The problem is that HBO already has a fantasy series, and the basic cable networks are likely to fark it up, as they're all trying to cut costs on their original series and it's a story that needs the sort of treatment GoT is getting (the film in Northern Ireland, Iceland and Malta, sometimes at the same time; it's not a cheap show).

Maybe HBO will pick it up once GoT finishes.  Or maybe Netflix will do it, as they've made it clear they're getting into the original content game in a big way.
 
2013-09-18 08:04:31 AM

Confabulat: And King has done some of his best work in the past 15 years, but that's hard for the people angry about 1999 still to understand. But Dolores Claiborne!


So.. you agree he's gone seriously downhill since he got hit by a van in 1999?
 
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