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Kimon
03-02-2016, 07:58 PM
I'm actually surprised that it took so long.

http://www.ew.com/article/2016/02/29/dark-tower-rises-stephen-king-idris-elba-and-matthew-mcconaughey

Idris Elba is definitely not who I envisioned while reading the books, although admittedly, Clint Eastwood is now way too old to play the role. Matthew McConaughey is going to be Flagg. No indication yet on who will be Jake. Hopefully they call the first movie The Gunslinger, like the book, and just focus exclusively on it. It's short, but plenty of material for what could be a very good film.

Hopefully it is successful enough that they can adapt at least up through Wizard and Glass, as Roland's frame tale of the tragic fate of Susan Delgado in Mejis was King at his best.

Davian93
03-02-2016, 08:06 PM
Elba and McConaughy are great actors so it'll work no matter what.

Kimon
03-02-2016, 08:12 PM
Elba and McConaughy are great actors so it'll work no matter what.

The series unfortunately started going downhill fast after Wolves of the Calla, although, on the other hand, we could only wish the same for aSoIaF. King has probably written a dozen books since GRRM bothered to last write seemingly anything.

Ivhon
03-03-2016, 09:01 AM
The series unfortunately started going downhill fast after Wolves of the Calla, although, on the other hand, we could only wish the same for aSoIaF. King has probably written a dozen books since GRRM bothered to last write seemingly anything.

He's written quite a few bank deposit slips...

Davian93
03-03-2016, 09:20 AM
He's written quite a few bank deposit slips...

I suspect he likely has a direct deposit set up so that's probably not accurate.

Res_Ipsa
03-03-2016, 10:35 PM
I suspect he likely has a direct deposit set up so that's probably not accurate.

*His assistant's assistant most likely set up direct deposit for the dozens of bank accounts he must now have.

Davian93
03-05-2016, 04:22 PM
*His assistant's assistant most likely set up direct deposit for the dozens of bank accounts he must now have.

If it were me, I'd have a giant vault full of gold coins that I could swim in...Scrooge McDuck style.

Figbiscuit
03-08-2016, 06:35 AM
If it were me, I'd have a giant vault full of gold coins that I could swim in...Scrooge McDuck style.

Not a bad idea, given how the economy is apparently* going

*opinion entirely of a friend, I have no idea on such things.

yks 6nnetu hing
03-09-2016, 01:14 AM
Not a bad idea, given how the economy is apparently* going

*opinion entirely of a friend, I have no idea on such things.

*burrows deeper into the Energy sector* people always need electricity, right?

on topic though, granted, I only made it through 2,5 books of the series but I never really thought of the appearance of the Gunslinger very much. I guess I pictured more the attire than the guy himself... anyways, I think Idris Elba is an excellent choice, he has that flinty thing going on.

Terez
03-09-2016, 01:46 AM
I read Wizard and Glass when it came out. Never finished. I need a reread to finish it, and I can't get into The Gunslinger again no matter how hard I try. And I don't remember the following books being all that great.

PS: I love King, and read everything he wrote until the mid-late 90s. Not sure this was his best work, and the adaptations of his books have often been terrible. But I might watch this series. The casting is good at least.

Kimon
03-09-2016, 04:03 PM
PS: I love King, and read everything he wrote until the mid-late 90s. Not sure this was his best work, and the adaptations of his books have often been terrible. But I might watch this series. The casting is good at least.

Part of that might just be due to length, which is why he started encouraging miniseries instead of films for his longer books. He also apparently hated some of the adaptations for creative reasons, like The Shining, which was a great book, and a great movie, but admittedly, Kubrick took quite a few liberties with the source material. The two best movie adaptations are likely ones that many people don't even realize were his - The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me. I really liked some of his tv miniseries too - It and The Langoliers were both pretty good. His short series often seem to have been far better quality adaptations.

The full list though is still very impressive, if admittedly more so for its vastness than its consistent quality.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_adaptations_of_works_by_Stephen_King

Terez
03-10-2016, 01:14 AM
The two best movie adaptations are likely ones that many people don't even realize were his - The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me. I really liked some of his tv miniseries too - It and The Langoliers were both pretty good. His short series often seem to have been far better quality adaptations.
The Stand was also decent. It would have been a lot better if Molly Ringwald hadn't made Franny into the most annoying character in the history of miniseries.

Davian93
03-10-2016, 07:24 AM
The Stand was also decent. It would have been a lot better if Molly Ringwald hadn't made Franny into the most annoying character in the history of miniseries.

The Stand is really something that should be remade on HBO now...with much better actors. It would be phenomenal if that were to happen.

connabard
03-10-2016, 10:18 AM
The Stand is really something that should be remade on HBO now...with much better actors. It would be phenomenal if that were to happen.

I would absolutely love to see The Stand as a HBO miniseries

I'd also not be opposed to something like Salem's Lot being made into a miniseries

On topic: I'm excited for this, I love Idris and I'm glad to see him more and more, and after True Detective I think McConaughey can do anything

Kimon
03-10-2016, 03:58 PM
I'd also not be opposed to something like Salem's Lot being made into a miniseries


It has been. First on CBS in '79, and then again for TNT in 2004. Stephen King also wrote a short story prequel, set in the mid 19th Century that provided the backstory for the town and the house - Jerusalem's Lot. It was also quite good, and took the form of a bunch of episodic letters and journal entries, and was very much a homage to Lovecraft. It appeared in his Night Shift collection.

I really wish someone would adapt The Eyes of the Dragon.

Terez
03-10-2016, 06:29 PM
I really wish someone would adapt The Eyes of the Dragon.
I need to reread that one. It's been more than 20 years. It was always one of my favorites of his, but I don't even remember what it was about now.

I didn't like Salem's Lot very much.

Kimon
03-10-2016, 07:36 PM
I need to reread that one. It's been more than 20 years. It was always one of my favorites of his, but I don't even remember what it was about now.



It's a great book, one of the many that touch upon Flagg. I especially loved Sasha's lesson about why Peter must always use a napkin - perhaps because I, like Stephen King (and Sasha), think that dogs are vile, stupid, disgusting creatures.

Nazbaque
03-10-2016, 10:39 PM
It's a great book, one of the many that touch upon Flagg. I especially loved Sasha's lesson about why Peter must always use a napkin - perhaps because I, like Stephen King (and Sasha), think that dogs are vile, stupid, disgusting creatures.

Nah that's cats not dogs.

Kimon
03-10-2016, 11:05 PM
Nah that's cats not dogs.

More related to the napkin than the dog, but...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxB-H6f3crY

Figbiscuit
03-18-2016, 07:18 AM
It's a great book, one of the many that touch upon Flagg. I especially loved Sasha's lesson about why Peter must always use a napkin - perhaps because I, like Stephen King (and Sasha), think that dogs are vile, stupid, disgusting creatures.

We can never be friends.

I can't get that excited about it, I never managed to get into the books. I've tried a couple of times, I think I own the first two, or I used to anyway, but it just doesn't work for me. I have friends who rave about it being the best thing ever written, ever. Naturally I laugh in their faces.

Kimon
03-18-2016, 04:19 PM
We can never be friends.

I can't get that excited about it, I never managed to get into the books. I've tried a couple of times, I think I own the first two, or I used to anyway, but it just doesn't work for me. I have friends who rave about it being the best thing ever written, ever. Naturally I laugh in their faces.

I really liked the first book, thought the second and third were both good, but not great, but Wizard and Glass, the 4th Book, was, at least in my opinion, one of the greatest fantasy novels ever written. Easily up there with the Silmarillion, Tigana, New Spring and the second trinity of WoT (TSR, tFoH, & LoC) at the pinnacle of fantasy.

Figbiscuit
03-22-2016, 08:42 AM
I really liked the first book, thought the second and third were both good, but not great, but Wizard and Glass, the 4th Book, was, at least in my opinion, one of the greatest fantasy novels ever written. Easily up there with the Silmarillion, Tigana, New Spring and the second trinity of WoT (TSR, tFoH, & LoC) at the pinnacle of fantasy.

Hmmm, OK. Naturally I am now suspicious of everything you say as you don't like dogs.