It’s been a couple decades since I read The Dark Tower but I chose not to re-read it before seeing the movie. Big mistake!
Like City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, The Dark Tower is more a collection of key moments from the book (as I recall it) and absolutely none of the connective tissue – like plot, explanations (of anything – not just how the Man in Black’s magicks work – let alone why Roland is immune to them).
Stephen King’s The Dark Tower – the first in his series of Gunslinger novels – has been assigned a premiere date by Sony Pictures Entertainment: January 13, 2017.
The title is just one of sixteen films on the company’s slate for 2016-17 (and even edging as far into the future as 2019). Bad Boys is getting two sequels – Bad Boys 3 (March 17, 2017) and Bad Boys 4 (taking us into July 2019), while some other major titles include additions to the Resident Evil and Underworld franchises; reimaginings (The Magnificent Seven and Jumanji); the Jennifer Lawrence-Chris Pratt two-hander, Passengers; and the video game adaptation Uncharted.
These films join the already announced Ghostbusters, Spider-Man (with Marvel involved), The Equalizer 2, Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and the animated Spider-Man feature from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.