“Dark Tower” Director Explains Short Runtime

One announcement that raised eyebrows the other day was that the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” would clock in at just 95 minutes.

There’s no way to adapt an eight book fantasy saga into anything even remotely approaching that runtime. Even if it is a ‘sequel’ to the books, as has been stated before, it seems an incredibly short one.

Director Nikolaj Arcel explains to Slashfilm that there’s a good reason for this – they’ve kept the narrative tight with the plan for future films to build out the world we see.

“The good news hereā€¦the reason why many fans are worried about the run time is that they think we are trying to do everything in this film. Which we are not. This is ideally the first film. This is an introduction to the world and the characters. It’s not meant to be all the novels and we’re just trying to cram everything in there.

So that’s one thing. And the script was really lean and tight. When I got on board, the script was very short, very lean. That’s one of the things that attracted me to it. I said ‘This is smart.’ You start with a lean, mean story and you don’t try to cram everything in there. You just build the basic ideas. And if people enjoy it and if they like this world and these characters, we can start expanding.”

Of course that all depends on if audiences warm to the Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey-led film when it opens in cinemas on August 4th.