King: “Dark Tower” Sequel Must Be R-Rated

Should this week’s “The Dark Tower” film get a sequel, author Stephen King has revealed that he hopes it will score an R-rating rather than the PG-13 of this first film.

Speaking with BMD this week, the author revealed he has that one request and explained his reasoning for why the film deserves it:

“I would love to see Roland on the beach with those lobster monstrosities. I understand the rationale behind the movie that is PG-13. I was totally signed off on that. I want as many people in the tent as possible, for all kinds of reasons. Part of it has to do with the dynamic between the Gunslinger and the boy. That’s a father-son relationship.

But I’d love to see the next picture be R. That’s sort of where we’re coming from now, and where the movie needs to go. PG-13 was the safe spot to go. When pictures were R, the studio execs would say, ‘Well, we know that this is going to make 20% or 30% less money because we’re going to exclude a prime tenderloin part of the moviegoing public.’ I think that movie’s like Deadpool have changed that.”

The fantasy saga certainly boasts plenty of moments that could not be conveyed under the restrictions of a PG-13 rating. The first film’s director Nikolaj Arcel has said in interviews that should a second film go forward, the obvious source material would be the second book – “The Drawing of the Three” – with the likes of Eddie and Susannah Dean coming into the story.

“The Dark Tower” is now in cinemas.