In the novel Jake is pushed in front of his car and dies. In the trailer, a magic portal opens. This kills a large part of the second book, The Drawing of Three. The Drawing of Three is, imho, the best book in the series.
Jake had visions of the Gunslinger. Bwah?
Roland and Jake are running around New York City. Bwah?
I could go on, but won’t bother. This is gonna be crap
I am not impressed. It appears that they took the books and distilled them down to a) a guy who shoots really well b) a kid and c) lets add in some monsters! and turned it into, well, actually I am not sure what the hell they turned it into but it isn’t the Dark Tower series.
Luckily I wasn’t planning on seeing this in the theater anyway…
The entire Odetta/Detta arc is probably the most compelling one of the entire series. By making the lead black, they pretty much have no chance of integrating anything remotely resembling that into any sequels (which I am sure won’t exist when this inevitably sinks and dies). Biggest WTF casting decision I can think of in a good long while…
Yeah, I guess they could make Odetta white, but we’d lose a lot of Detta’s colorful metaphors in the process. Just doubtful it would work well the other way. Welp, since it won’t happen either way, no more brain cells wasted worrying about it.
I don’t know enough about Idris Elba to say whether he will make a good Roland. It would have been better, maybe, to tell one of the side stories about Roland than to try to condense any significant part of the main multi-volume story into a single movie. Fans of the books would still go to see it because of the character and the movie could be sold to others just as a fantasy western.
This trailer doesn’t really inspire confidence. It looks too much straight-up action movie with fantasy elements—which I get is what sells, but isn’t really what the series is. Roland isn’t an action hero.
Also, Idris Elba simply doesn’t look nearly grizzled and world-weary enough for Roland. I have faith enough in his acting chops to think he’ll be enjoyable enough, but he’s got his work cut out to make a believable gunslinger.
I think maybe the best way to approach this is to think of it as more-or-less separate from the novels, just something involving some of the same themes, and see whether it holds its own on that basis.
I’m sorry, but Roland Deschain is one of the deadliest non-magical warriors in fantasy literature; he’s very much an action hero. He’s other things as well, but “action hero” is an essential part of his makeup.
It will certainly be a different dynamic, but assuming that Odetta is black in the movie doesn’t guarantee that she won’t have issues with Roland. I think Roland is going to have issues with a lot of people, and so is Odetta. I think the writers can work around the fact that they’re the same race and still generate friction. All black people don’t get along, right?
It seems like they’re taking the comic book movie approach: take some of the characters and settings and write an original story with whatever bits and pieces of actual source material you think will fit.