The movie is never the book. This is true of virtually every single film adaptation of a best-selling novel. And over the years, author Stephen King has accumulated countless experiences seeing his words translated by different filmmakers. In the next few weeks, there will be two more movies made from Stephen King books, and as The Dark Tower opens, we were lucky enough to sit down with King and ask him if he thinks fans of his books will enjoy what director Nikolaj Arcel pulled off. King recently told CinemaBlend:
Sony sent CinemaBlend to Bangor, Maine recently for a Stephen King tour, which included stops at several locations around the author's hometown that inspired key moments in his prized novels. We saw the drain that inspired the opening scene in IT, and the truck stop that led to the short story "Trucks," which became Maximum Overdrive. King knows that adapting his colorful works presents challenges, and as the conversation about The Dark Tower continued, King explained to CinemaBlend something vital that people need to know about Nikolaj Arcel's movie. King told us:
This much is true. The Dark Tower fans are a vocal bunch. But I think you'll find just as many people heading to the theaters this weekend who know Idris Elba or Matthew McConaughey, but have no clue who Roland or The Man in Black are, and the movie might serve as a proper introduction into this larger world.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Sean created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.