Day 70. 161 pages, 58,131 words. Blugh. Got bogged the past couple of days.
So it looks we’re one step closer to an actual live-action version of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. Some sort of test footage or pre-release reel or actual trailer has been leaked, and I was really rather impressed by it.
Well, with apologies, I guess we have to be quicker than that … the footage was pulled back off the Internet with the greatest of speed … sorry. It was cool, though. Happy hunting!
I may be the only person who’s even interested in this adaptation, but I don’t care. Come to think of it, I don’t know of that many people, aside from Mrs. Hatboy and myself, who thought the ending of the book series was cool. Yes, it might have been cooler if King had managed to pull it off without re-writing The Gunslinger, but one must make allowances for the decades that passed between first and last book. My good friend Mr. Thorn, who sent me the link, didn’t think much of the series, but that’s no big surprise to anyone who knows him.
I really liked this trailer. I think Elba has just the right feel and tone for the role, and his Gunslinger mantra was perfectly delivered. And the use of Behind Blue Eyes was inspired, a cute little nod towards the original story and the classic literary Roland, even if the adaptation is a little bit … well, adapted.
Mrs. Hatboy was concerned at the number of whiz-bangs and explosions in the trailer (those of you who know me will be unsurprised to hear I wasn’t bothered by it). I suppose it depends on whereabouts in the story they intend to begin. From the trailer, it looks like they’re starting at The Waste Lands, with Jake suffering his death in one world / in the past and saved / broken life and Tower visions in another, before finally emerging from the house on Dutch Hill and entering Roland’s world.
There could feasibly be some explosions and stuff there, depending on how much of the end of Gilead we get to see in flashback. There’s also a certain amount of spectacular fighting and destruction in Lud, if you stop to think about it. I don’t know, I just hope the whole series gets its chance to be as awesome as it could be. They can put all the explosions they want into it.
And I can’t fucking wait to see Blaine the Mono.
Man, now I have to read this again.