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Ron Howard discusses his disappointment with The Dark Tower movie

After spending years in development hell as a multi-part, multi-format adaptation, Stephen King’s epic fantasy The Dark Tower finally made it to the screen in 2017, although the resulting movie wasn’t quite what many were hoping for – including, it seems, producer Ron Howard.

Howard and fellow producers Avika Goldsman and Brian Grazer first picked up the rights in 2010 with intentions to adapt the books as trilogy of films and two companion TV series. However, they failed to entice a studio with these ambitious plans, eventually settling on a single $66 million-budgeted movie from director Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), which – perhaps understandably – failed to do justice to the source material.

Now, speaking to The Happy Sad Confused Podcast (via Dark Horizons), Howard has shared his thoughts on the movie, and where it went wrong:

“I think it should’ve been horror,” said Howard. “I think that it landed in a
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The Dark Tower: Ron Howard Looks Back on Mistakes

Kirsten Howard Jun 4, 2019

"We always felt like we were kind of holding back something." Ron Howard reminisces about The Dark Tower movie.

Ron Howard has been chatting about where he thinks he and his team may have gone wrong with The Dark Tower. The Stephen King adaptation, directed by Nikolaj Arcel and produced by Howard, was highly anticipated before its release back in 2017, with Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey snagged for plum roles. Unfortunately, upon its debut, the film was met with middling-to-savage reviews and a disappointing box office for Columbia and Sony.

Now, Howard has been reflecting on the endeavor and thinking about what they could have done differently when adapting The Dark Tower as a feature film.

“I think it should’ve been horror,” Howard mused on the Happy Sad Confused Podcast (via Collider). “I think that it landed in a place—both in our minds and the
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Gallery: Croatian Website Scores a Slew of The Dark Tower TV Series Behind-the-Scenes Images

There’s a chance Amazon Studios may ask us to remove this image gallery, so get an eyeful while you can! Despite atrocious reviews for Nikolaj Arcel’s cinematic adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower in 2017, Amazon is pushing forward with their planned Dark Tower TV Series. Today, the Croatian website Slobodna Dalmacija has dropped […] The post Gallery: Croatian Website Scores a Slew of The Dark Tower TV Series Behind-the-Scenes Images appeared first on Dread Central.
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The Dark Tower: Game of Thrones Actor Cast in Stephen King Series

John Saavedra Apr 22, 2019

Game of Thrones actor Jerome Flynn has been cast in Amazon's Dark Tower series!

Production on Amazon's The Dark Tower is getting started, and the show is adding another big name to its cast: Jerome Flynn, known best as Game of Thrones' Bronn, is joining the series. The news was revealed by Flynn in an interview with The Daily Mirror.

“I’ve always said I’d like to play a cowboy – and now one has come along. I’m excited for that," Flynn told the outlet.

There's no info on who Flynn will be playing on the show, but since it's set during the early adventures of main character Roland Deschain as told in Wizard and Glass, the fourth book in Stephen King's Dark Tower series, some fans are speculating that the actor is set to play Eldred Jonas, the leader of a bandit
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Amazon’s ‘The Dark Tower’ TV Series Recasts the Lead Roles

Miraculously, the Dark Tower TV series is still happening at Amazon—albeit as more of a reboot than a continuation of the film franchise. The long-in-the-works Stephen King adaptation finally came to fruition in 2017, after previous efforts by directors like J.J. Abrams and Ron Howard failed to coalesce. The resulting film found Idris Elba in the lead role of Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as the villain Walter Padick aka the Man in Black, but ultimately director Nikolaj Arcel’s film—which “remixed” King’s sprawling book series—failed to impress critics or audiences. The …
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Amazon's Series Adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower Will Go Into Production Soon

In case you forgot, Amazon Studios is producing a series adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower book series and they are gearing up for production!

The show is being developed by Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead), Akiva Goldsman (Titans, Star Trek: Discovery) and Stephen King. They are in the process of assembling their cast and are looking to start shooting in mid-April in Croatia, where the series is expected to film until late-June.

According to That Hashtag Show, one of the reasons for the delay of the series is so that it will distance it from the 2017 film adaptation which didn’t get a good response from fans and critics. I'm pretty confident that Amazon will do some great things with the series. Stephen King previously explained that the series would be a complete reboot, so if you didn’t like the film, don’t worry.

The series
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Danish Cinema Hitting on All Cylinders at Home and Abroad

  • Variety
Danish Cinema Hitting on All Cylinders at Home and Abroad
The Danish film industry is on a roll this year with berths secured at major festivals besides the Berlinale where Lone Scherfig’s “The Kindness of Strangers” landed the opening slot, just as Susanne Bier’s Sandra Bullock starrer “Bird Box” is breaking records on Netflix and first-timer Gustav Möller’s “The Guilty” made the foreign-language Oscar shortlist.

It’s a particularly good time because different types of local productions are performing well both at home, where the domestic share of total admissions was a strong 29% in 2018, and in the international arena, which is seeing a new generation of Danish directors coming to the fore.

Last year there were 26 homegrown titles released in Denmark that sold 3.8 million tickets total, up from 2.5 million tickets in 2017, when the national market share was 20%.

Aside from new works by known names such as Christoffer Boe, whose high-profile crimer “The Purity of Vengeance” topped the 2018 chart,
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Books and images by Anne-Katrin Titze

Paul Auster on Alicia Vikander's connection to In the Country of Last Things being filmed by Alejandro Chomski in 2019: "At one point, it was before Alicia became famous, when she was on the brink, and she loved the book and she wanted to do it." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

When I met Paul Auster to return his DVD copy of The Inner Life Of Martin Frost, starring David Thewlis and Irène Jacob with Michael Imperioli and Sophie Auster, I brought a brochure for him of the Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum and I showed him Ed Bahlman's copy of Attilio Bertolucci's collection of poetry, signed by his son, Bernardo Bertolucci.

We discussed Felix van Groeningen's The Misfortunates and The Brooklyn Follies, Pedro Almodóvar and The Book Of Illusions, Per Oscarsson in Hening Carlsen's adaptation of Knut Hamsun's Hunger, Nikolaj Arcel's A Royal Affair,
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Zentropa Crime-Thriller ‘The Purity Of Vengeance’ Breaks Danish Box Office Record

  • Deadline
Zentropa Crime-Thriller ‘The Purity Of Vengeance’ Breaks Danish Box Office Record
The fourth and final Department Q film The Purity Of Vengeance has become the highest-grossing Danish film at the local box office.

The Zentropa-produced film, released in early October by Nordisk Film Distribution, has made $11.1M (72.5M Dkk), surpassing the second instalment in the Department Q series, The Absent One. The film now ranks eleventh on the all-time box office chart and sits narrowly behind The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It has sold 730,380 tickets to date.

The four parts of the hugely popular crime-thriller series now rank first, second, fourth and fifth on the Danish box office chart for national films. The latest instalment, based on the fourth book in Jussi Adler-Olsen’s book series about crime unit Department Q, charts how a series of mysterious disappearances in 1987 are all eerily connected to the same person. Script comes from Bo Erhard Hansen while the series’ ever-present actors are Nikolaj Arcel
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Ben Wheatley, Armie Hammer and Lily James heading to Manderley for Rebecca

Netflix and Working Title Films are teaming acclaimed British filmmaker Ben Wheatley with his Free Fire star Armie Hammer and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again actress Lily James for an adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier classic Rebecca, with Jane Goldman (The Woman in Black) penning the script.

The film will see James taking on the role of the second Mrs. de Winter, a naive young woman who marries the wealthy widower Maxim de Winter (Hammer) after a brief courtship and moves to his Manderley estate in Cornwall. However, she soon finds herself in the shadow of the first Mrs. de Winter, Rebecca, who passed away a year earlier under mysterious circumstances, and also has to contend with Mrs. Danvers, a sinister housekeeper who refuses to accept her as the new mistress of Manderley.

Rebecca was previously adapted for the screen in 1940 with Alfred Hitchcock directing Laurence Olivier as Max,
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Armie Hammer and Lily James to Star in Ben Wheatley’s ‘Rebecca’ Remake

One can’t go a calendar year without at least a few dozen films being labeled Hitchcockian. While some films, like Disturbia and Stoker, are more blatant in their inspiration than others, it’s no surprise the influence of the Master of Suspense is being felt in all corners of the industry. After having been developed for many years, previously in the hands of the likes of Steven Knight and Nikolaj Arcel, now a remake of Hitchcock’s 1940 classic Rebecca is officially moving forward.

Pulling from Daphne DuMaurier’s novel as its source, Ben Wheatley will reteam with his Free Fire star Armie Hammer for the film with Lily James also joining. The original Best Picture winner starred Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, and Judith Anderson, and followed new bride who is haunted by the memory of the former wife of her rich, new husband.

Scripted by Jane Goldman, the film
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Lit Agent Marnie Podos Leaves United Agents To Form UK Management Label In Latest Sign Of Local Shakeup

  • Deadline
Exclusive: London-based lit agent Marnie Podos has left United Agents after eight years to form new management company Under New Mgmt.

She will retain her client list including in-demand screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns, whose 1917 script with Sam Mendes is due to shoot next year, playwright Chris Urch (Lee), whose stage play The Rolling Stone heads to Lincoln Center next summer, and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair).

Also among her roster are writers Lindsey Ferrentino (Ugly Lies The Bone), Bifa-winner Ingeborg Topsoe (Wildland), Sam Steiner, Sam Freeman (Unmasked), Charley Miles (Blackthorn), Ed Whitworth (Powell), Sarah Farinha (Proximity) and The Cured filmmaker David Freyne.

U.S.-born Podos has lived in the UK for 15 years and is respected on both sides of the pond for nurturing a boutique lineup of emerging talent and developing their projects with them.

Her breakaway is the latest sign of evolution in the UK agency space,
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‘The Purity of Vengeance’ Scores Best Opening for Local Film at Danish B.O.

  • Variety
‘The Purity of Vengeance’ Scores Best Opening for Local Film at Danish B.O.
Christoffer Boe’s thriller “The Purity of Vengeance,” the fourth and final opus of the hit “Department Q” franchise, has scored the best opening for a local film at the Danish box office.

Produced by Zentropa, “The Purity of Vengeance” has sold more than 215,052 admissions since opening on Oct.4, underscoring the ever-lasting appeal of the Nordic Noir genre.

Louise Vesth, who produced the film at Zentropa, said that “considering the total Danish population counts about 6 million people, an opening with more than 215,000 admissions sold is incredible.”

The Purity of Vengeance” was written by Bo Erhard Hansen (“The Art of Crying”), Nikolaj Arcel (“The Dark Tower”) and Mikkel Nørgaard (“The Absent One”), based on the fourth book of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s “Department Q” collection.

The movie brings back Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Fares Fares in their respective roles of chief detective Carl Mørck and his assistant Assad. “The Purity of Vengeance
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Sundance-Winning ‘The Guilty’ Picked by Denmark for Foreign-Language Oscar Race

  • Variety
Sundance-Winning ‘The Guilty’ Picked by Denmark for Foreign-Language Oscar Race
Gustav Möller’s thriller “The Guilty” which won Sundance’s Audience Award in World Cinema, has been selected as Denmark’s official Oscar entry for best foreign language film.

Möller’s feature debut, “The Guilty” takes place over the course of a single night and centers on police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) who has just been demoted to desk work and answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman. The film follows Asger’s race against time to save the woman with the phone as his only tool.

On top of Sundance, “The Guilty” played at New Directors/New Films, as well as Seattle where it won Best Director and the Audience Award, and Rotterdam where it won the Audience Award. Magnolia Pictures will release the film on Oct.19 in 25 markets, including New York and Los Angeles, with a national rollout to follow.

Represented in international markets by TrustNordisk,
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Amazon's Adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower is Still Alive and Well

A few months ago it was announced that Amazon would be developing a series adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower. We haven't heard anything about the project since then, but according to Amazon Studios president Jennifer Salke, the series is alive and well! She tells Deadline:

"Those are scripts that I haven’t gotten yet. I’ll be seeing those, that material, in the coming weeks. None of those things are dead. They’re very much alive."

If you weren't a fan of the movie, I wouldn't be worried. I'm pretty confident that Amazon will do some great things with the series. Stephen King previously explained that the series would be a complete reboot. Even though I'm one of the few that actually enjoyed the film, I'm totally ok with a completely new adaptation.

When previously talking about what the series would entail, the director of the film,
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Illegal Streaming, Mobile Piracy Surged in France in 2017

  • Variety
As France’s film and TV industries push for a tougher anti-piracy law, a study released Tuesday shows that streaming of illegal content increased by 15% and piracy via smartphones skyrocketed by 50% in 2017.

The study, which was conducted by French anti-piracy group Alpa, Mediametrie and the National Film Board, says that an average of 7,845 users watched illegal content every month in 2017, while 2.9 million smartphone users (8% of all mobile users) accessed pirated content.

Overall, 372 million videos were streamed illegally last year in France, and 81% of all illegal consumption occurred via 20 websites, out of more than 2,000 websites dedicated to piracy which have been identified by Alpa. The use of social networks to access streaming sites increased significantly last year.

Perhaps contrary to expectations, the average consumer of pirated content is 37 years old, and so not a “millennial,” and a third are considered upper class.

U.S. movies are traditionally the hardest hit by piracy in France.
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Amazon’s Dark Tower TV Show Will Be Much More Faithful To The Books

Remember that Dark Tower movie that came out last year? No? I don’t blame you – it was one of the biggest flops of 2017, receiving horrible reviews and being all but disowned by creator Stephen King. Fans of the book series despaired, presumably figuring that the property would never get the careful adaptation it merited. But now they’re getting another bite of the cherry, courtesy of Amazon.

Interestingly, it looks like the show won’t be totally disconnected from the poorly received movie. According to Syfy, the pilot script has been written by the film’s director, Nikolaj Arcel, in collaboration with Anders Thomas Jensen, who’ll oversee the series alongside former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara. Meanwhile, veteran screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, Solo: A Star Wars Story’s Ron Howard and Imagine Entertainment founder Brian Grazer are set to executive produce.

The outlet goes on to say that “while
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The Dark Tower TV Series is Moving Forward at Amazon!

After The Dark Tower film landed flat with audiences and critics, I wasn't sure if the TV series that was being planned would actually happen. Well, according to Deadline, it's moving forward at Amazon! I think this is great news because it's giving this incredibly epic book series another shot! Just because the movie didn't turn out as good as fans hoped it would be, doesn't mean that the series can't be great. In fact, I think it would do much better as a TV series than films.

Amazon has got some exciting projects in development that also includes The Lord of the Rings series; a series based on Iain M. Banks’ sci-fi Culture book series; another show based on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, and an adaptation of Neal Stephenson’s Snowcrash.

When previously talking about what the series would entail, the director of the film, Nikolaj Arcel, who was
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Stephen King gives his thoughts on the failure of The Dark Tower

  • JoBlo
The past year has seen more than a few Stephen King projects released, including Andy Muschietti's It and Nikolaj Arcel's The Dark Tower. Although It went on to achieve enormous success, The Dark Tower was a disappointment on almost all fronts, bringing Sony's planned franchise to a screeching halt. After so many years spent in development hell, it's certainly a... Read More...
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Stephen King Admits ‘The Dark Tower’ Bombed Because It Was PG-13: ‘They Lost A Lot of the Toughness’

Stephen King Admits ‘The Dark Tower’ Bombed Because It Was PG-13: ‘They Lost A Lot of the Toughness’
Stephen King has a lot to be proud of this year, especially the blockbuster success of “It,” but The Dark Tower” adaptation is probably something he’d rather forget. The Nikolaj Arcel-directed film starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey bombed with critics and audiences, earning a 16% on Rotten Tomatoes and only grossing $50 million domestically despite a $60 million budget. IndieWire’s Kate Erbland even gave the adaptation a D+ review, calling it a “disaster of a film.”

Read More:‘The Dark Tower’ Review: Stephen King’s Magnum Opus Is Now a Disaster of a Film

So what exactly went wrong? Stephen King has an idea. The author was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly and didn’t hold back when asked why the film didn’t attract many fans. Although King was vocal about how much he liked the movie prior to the film’s release, he admits that the studio took
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