10 hours isn't long enough for George RR Martin's books and combining the DT books you'd run into the problems they're facing.
Late to the party on this, but I'd be completely fine with both a Susannah with legs, and Roland with 10 fingers. For the purists, perhaps we could have the lobstrosities pierce Roland's arm or hand, an injury which he heals from soon after.
Hell, Roland having all 10 digits might even help underscore the strength of the ka-tet's bond in a way; even though Roland has full use of both gun slinging hands, he still entrusts one of his revolvers to Eddie. A symbol of the confidence he has in him/them and their death dealing abilities.
I could deal without the missing fingers but Susannah's legs are a big part of who she is.
FWIW Upon my first reading of the novels I was in shock when, Roland the lead character lost his fingers and was like, this ain't good. Then the whole Odetta with no legs and I was like this really is a fucked up way for him to go. However, in the end it all worked for the best and I wouldn't change a thing. The screenwriters should do the same. Those maladies became a part of who they were. JMHO
I would have no issues if any adaptation made significant changes to the story. As long as the key aspects to the characters are intact, then I'll be happy.
A good example is Tyrion from Game of Thrones. He pretty much gets his nose cut off in the books, but in the show they chose to give him a deep scar across the length of his face. Slight change, same concept.
It also makes sense from a financial stand point in that they'd have to CGI the four missing fingers, money and time that would be better allocated elsewhere.
I agree with regard to the missing fingers. No sense in CGI-ing that for an entire movie or series. However, the legless female protagonist seems to me an essential part of the story. Same with her being a black chick. Personally, I wouldn't care if the script changed her into a leggy, white, pistol-packin' mama, but that's because I didn't care for the character hardly at all in the novels. But I could see where a fan of her would not want to see her disability (such a fundamental part of who she is) glossed over or disregarded.
Grumpy cat as OY???
Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman has found a franchise to sink his teeth into. Sony Pictures has teamed with MRC to co-finance The Dark Tower, Stephen King’s novel series set in a world woven with magic and revolving around the gunslinger Roland Deschains. Sony will distribute what is planned to be the first in a series of movies. A complementary TV series is also being developed by MRC.
The new script is primarily based on the first book in the series, The Gunslinger, and the relationship between Roland and Jake. The film is a blend of horror and fantasy. The latest draft of the script is co-written by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. It was totally reconceived by Goldsman and Pinkner from the version that had been previously developed and which took root first at Universal and later at Warner Bros. Goldsman is producing through his Weed Road with Imagine Entertainment’s Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins, and I believe the author is also in a producing capacity. Pinkner will be exec producer.
Sony and MRC will go right out after filmmakers with this script, and put this on the fast track that hard-core fans of King’s book have long desired. Numerous stars including Javier Bardem and Russell Crowe have eyed the role of the gunslinger, but that role won’t be filled until after the director is set.
King, who options his works for $1 and likes to see progress, has been incredibly patient as this mammoth project — it’s his answer to Tolkien’s Middle Earth novels — has taken its time and its twists and turns. He’s sparked about where the project is now.
“I’m excited that The Dark Tower is finally going to appear on the screen,” he said in a statement. “Those who have traveled with Roland and his friends in their search for the Dark Tower are going to have their long-held hopes fully realized. This is a brilliant and creative approach to my books.”
Said Rothman: “There are few projects out there that compare with the scope, vision, complex characters and fully drawn world that Stephen King has created with The Dark Tower. I am a giant fan. And, as Stephen himself does, we love the direction that Akiva and Jeff have taken. This is a great opportunity for a director to put his or her stamp on a cool global franchise.”
When Rothman was set to rise from his perch running TriStar to replace Amy Pascal as chairman, his biggest challenge was to create franchises. All around Hollywood, from Disney’s franchising of Marvel and Star Wars properties, Fox’s 3-sequel Avatar plans and Paramount hiring Goldsman to supervise Transformers sequels and spinoffs for his college pal Michael Bay, the studio business is all about the care and feeding of global franchises, and it is getting harder to find fresh intellectual properties. Rothman has found one with a wide built-in fan base.
Well, this is really good news!!
So much that can go wrong with this. And I really don't like the Goldsman & Pinkner part. (Watched the amazing spider-man 2 yesterday and was far from impressed with the writing...)
But I still hope that this gets done. If it's done right it has the potential to be amazing.
I am so excited that this could really happen but yeah, I hope it's done right and doesn't ruin the most epic story of all time. There is a lot of potential for disappointment but there's also a lot of potential for something totally awesome!! Now if they'd just get on with it already!!
"Head Clear. Mouth shut. See Much. Say little." Roland Deschain
"Go your way, I'll take the long way 'round. Ill find my own way down, as I should." Ben Howard
After some thought I think a Netflix series would be the best bet for something like this to be successful. Just because A.) 7+ movies for a relatively niche series is a big commitment and B.) as a series 'binge-watching' would be the best way to get over the hump with The Gunslinger and then go straight to The Drawing of the Three.
Let's say each season has at maximum 13 hour-long episodes:
Season 1: The Gunslinger + Drawing of the Three
Season 2: The Waste Lands
Season 3: Wizard and Glass
Season 4: Wolves of the Calla
Season 5: Song of Susannah + The Dark Tower
And if it's successful 'The Wind Through the Keyhole' could be a spinoff season.
I also think the idea of a 'shared universe' again is a huge risk and an example of biting off more than you can chew but I figure you could A.) make a stand-alone 'Salem's Lot movie with the same actor for Callahan and B.) have the same actor for Flagg from the upcoming Stand films reprise his role as well.
I really can't keep getting my hopes up for this movie until it's announced that the cast is set and filming has started. As much as I want to see it happen SO BAD, it's like they just keep crying wolf.
To quote the great Micheal Scott...
"P.S. I can't believe you do that pen thing. Awesome. Just fucking awesome."
“I don’t think I’ll ever be able to forget Susie. Most of all, I will never forget that one night, working late
on the catalog. Just the two of us. And we surrendered to temptation. And it was pretty good.” - J. Peterman