Elba Talks The Future Of “The Dark Tower”

The critical and commercial success of the film adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT” this month only reinforces just how much of a dismal failure “The Dark Tower” adaptation was back in August.

King’s epic fantasy series is too big and wild to condense to a single film and so the filmmakers approached it as more of a sequel to the original works – and neither critics or audiences seemed to care.

That leaves the fate of the franchise and the planned TV series in doubt, and speaking with Mashable this week in Toronto, the film’s star Idris Elba admits he’s not sure of the status of the franchise:

“I don’t actually know, if I’m really honest. I do know about the TV series and I’m not sure where we are with that, but I couldn’t tell you what’s going to happen next. As you know the film was sort of mixed reviews, and some loved it and I think some hated it, so who knows.”

Elba says he’s not worried about the bad reviews, effectively dismissing anyone who didn’t like it, and admits adapting King’s magnum opus was always going to be a very difficult challenge:

“Ultimately, everyone has an opinion and that’s okay. But I’d imagine with a film like The Dark Tower—if you know anything about the literature—it’s a very hard book to digest, and it’s definitely a hard book to adapt. Until one of the reviewers that had something to say adapts it and does a great job, well I don’t want to hear what they have to say.”

Elba himself was one of the few elements of the film that received solid praise, and while King is a hot property again thanks to the success of “IT,” don’t expect that success to have much impact here.