Stephen King talks about what went wrong with The Dark Tower, news on an IT Director’s Cut, and more, as we look at some of the biggest stories from the week in horror.
Stephen King on what happened with The Dark Tower
I’m a Dark Tower junkie, I have the Tower tattooed on my arm. What that means with regard to the adaptation from the summer is that I’m fairly forgiving of its many faults. Following its troubled birth, I knew that it wasn’t going to be the epic we all hoped for, so instead, I accepted it for what it was – a quick and dirty trip to the world of Roland Deschain and The Man in Black. Of course, Stephen King himself has his own opinions on why the film ultimately failed at the box office. He told Entertainment Weekly:
I liked everybody involved with that movie and I liked some of the casting choices for it. I liked Modi Wiczyk, the producer, the director, everybody. So you know I’m always careful what I say about it.
But I will say this, okay? The real problem, as far as I’m concerned is, they went in to this movie, and I think this was a studio edict pretty much: this is going to be a PG-13 movie. It’s going to be a tentpole movie. We want to make sure that we get people in there from the ages of, let’s say, 12 right on up to whatever the target age is. Let’s say 12 to 35. That’s what we want. So it has to be PG-13, and when they did that I think that they lost a lot of the toughness of it and it became something where people went to it and said, Well yeah, but it’s really not anything that we haven’t seen before.
There was a decision made, too, to start it pretty much in the middle, and when they actually made the movie I had doubts about it from the beginning, and expressed them, and didn’t really get too far. Sometimes when people have made up their mind, the creative team that’s actually going to go and shoot the movie, it’s a little bit like hitting your fist against hard rubber, you know? It doesn’t really hurt, but you don’t get anywhere. It just sort of bounces back. And I thought to myself, Well, people are going to be really puzzled by this, and they were. So there was some of that problem, too.
IT Director’s Cut on the way in 2018
The theatrical version of IT is already out for you to purchase on iTunes and other services, and it makes its way to Blu-ray on January 9th. However, you might want to consider avoiding that set, as director Andy Muschietti told Bloody-Disgusting via Instagram that we’ll be seeing his Director’s Cut sometime in the next few months. No firm date, mind you, so in the meantime, if you pick up the forthcoming release, here are the extras you’ll find:
- Pennywise Lives! – Discover how Bill Skarsgård prepared to portray the primordial creature known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown
- The Losers’ Club – Get up close and personal with the teenage stars of IT as they bond together during the production,
- Author of Fear – Stephen King reveals the roots of his best-selling novel, the nature of childhood fear and how he created his most famous monster, Pennywise
- Deleted Scenes – Eleven deleted or extended scenes from the film
Sabrina concept art released
With Riverdale the absolute hottest television show around right now, fans are equally stoked that show runner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is bringing Sabrina to life at Netflix. This week, Roberto released concept art for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which will hopefully begin airing the first of its already green-lit two seasons sometime in 2018.
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) December 22, 2017
In Riverdale news, Skeet Ulrich told TV Line he’s hoping to reunite with his Scream co-star Neve Campbell on the series, picturing her in the role of Jughead Jones’ mother.
“I mean, God, I think Neve would be really interesting. know she’s busy doing some films and stuff like that, so I don’t know if that’s a possibility. But yeah, I think she’d be very intriguing.
“She’s very talented, and I think the reference to Scream would really tickle people.”