How Will It Connect to the Matthew McConaughey-Idris Elba Movie?

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Director Nikolaj Arcel and co-writer Anders Thomas Jensen are now writing the script, though depending on the reception of the film, that could change before long. Both Rothman and Wiczyk denied this, telling Variety they only offered notes.

Seeing the film was like watching a dancing skeleton for an hour-and-a-half. He wasn't awful, but didn't do a great job of making me care much about his character. When it came to advertising materials, MRC and Sony had to both agree on what to use. As a result, if one of the companies disapproved of the marketing material for the film or a cut of the project, the content in question would have to be discarded.

In this area, the movie has a hard time setting itself apart; despite all the Stephen King easter eggs, at times it feels more like somebody took the Western-futuristic aesthetic of Firefly, blended it together with the sorcery and demons of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and slapped some Stargates in for good measure.

Arcel says that he was involved in writing the pilot and planning the basic arc of the first season, and he says it's "very closely adhering to Wizard And Glass" and parts of The Gunslinger, right down to direct quotes and characters being portrayed "exactly as they are" in the books.

"When the movie allows itself moments of campiness", Alexander explained, "when it takes a second to acknowledge its own self-realization about what it is, that's where it briefly succeeds".

More bad news, however, as the first reviews that have trickled out present the film as a boring disappointment without any set audience: incomprehensible to newbies, and wildly unfaithful and simplistic to fans of King's books. But I felt supported throughout, and they all looked to me for answers. "If someone had jumped into my editing room and taken over - I would have left instantly". The cinematography was handsome, particularly the moody shots of a world whose time has passed.

McConaughey previously admitted to drifting away from his church roots when he became famous and even stopped going to church altogether after finding super stardom in Hollywood, but later he found his way back - all thanks to his wife Camila's faith. There's a high bar of entry here and Arcel has never directed anything this complex.

Last October, there were three test screenings of the $66 million fantasy film. A new scene was also shot to replace five minutes of exposition in order to provide audiences with a better understanding of magical setting of Mid-World.

But you can nearly see the black hair dye dripping from Matthew McConaughey's forehead, "who spends the movie negging Roland via hologram, and using psychic kids to send glowing destructive brainbeams into the clouds, and talking way too much about how Jake's shine is pure".

At a run-time of 95 minutes, this was to be expected and is definitely why the film suffers. We've heard these reshoots were a little more extensive than that, with the ending undergoing some tinkering as well. Well, the solution seems to have been to just scrap all that and release a shockingly short 95-minute movie that just kind of glosses over everything to the point that has any meaning or objective. Reading various reactions across the web, the main criticism seems to be that it's a middling adaptation of some awesome source material. At least on film, jargon is all that distinguishes "The Dark Tower" from every other action-fantasy franchise.


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