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Stephen King Explains Where 'Dark Tower' Movie Went Wrong

The Dark Tower, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, hit theaters in August and though it was highly anticipated, it was not well received with the critics.

In addition, the film only made $50,372,805 domestically to date and had a reported budget of $60 million.

The book’s author, Stephen King, spoke about why he believes the film didn’t work well.

“The major challenge was to do a film based on a series of books that’s really long, about 3,000 pages. The other part of it was the decision to do a PG-13 feature adaptation of books that are extremely violent and deal with violent behavior in a fairly graphic way,” Stephen told Vulture. “That was something that had to be overcome, although I’ve gotta say, I thought [screenwriter] Akiva Goldsman did a terrific job in taking a central part of the book and turning it into what I thought was a pretty good movie. The TV series they’re developing now … we’ll see what happens with that. It would be like a complete reboot, so we’ll just have to see.

'Dark Tower' Takes the Lead in Slow Weekend Box Office

Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey‘s The Dark Tower has come in first at the weekend box office!

The film brought in $19.5 million it its opening weekend at the box office, which proved to start off a bit slow.

Dunkirk gave The Dark Tower a run for it’s money, but ended up in second place with $17.6 million.

Animated film The Emoji Movie came in third place with $12.3 million earned. Rounding out the top five were Girls Trip and Halle Berry‘s Kidnap, which brought in $11.4 million and $10.2 million, respectively.

Kathryn Bigelow‘s new film Detriot had a disappointing opening at the box office, and only brought in $7.3 million.

'The Dark Tower' Trailer Debuts - First Look at Matthew McConaughey & Idris Elba!

The first trailer for Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower has just debuted!

Here’s a synopsis of the movie: There are other worlds than these. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen. The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.

The film will hit theaters on August 4.

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Matthew McConaughey Dishes Details on His 'Dark Tower' Character!

Matthew McConaughey leaves the gym after a two-hour workout session on Sunday (July 17) in Los Angeles.

The 46-year-old actor is staying in shape for filming of his upcoming movie The Dark Tower.

In the film, Matthew plays the Man in Black, an evil sorcerer set on destroying the Dark Tower.

Matthew told Entertainment Weekly, “You know, he’s not literally the Devil, but I sure as hell think about him like the Devil. Follow me now / And you will not regret / Leaving the life you led / Before we met,” he went on to quote Black Sabbath.

The Dark Tower will hit theaters on February 17, 2017.

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Idris Elba Battles Jackie Earle Haley on 'Dark Tower' Set

Idris Elba faces off with Jackie Earle Haley while filming an intense action scene on the set of their upcoming movie The Dark Tower on Sunday (July 10) in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y.

The 43-year-old actor was seen pointing a gun at Jackie, 54, who ripped a door off of a car at one point in the scene.

It looks like Jackie will have some sort of CGI put on his face as he was spotted with dots all over.

Earlier in the weekend, Idris was spotted with his shirt unbuttoned while filming another fight scene, this time on a rooftop with different actors.

40+ pictures inside of Idris Elba and Jackie Earle Haley filming a fight scene… More Here! »

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Idris Elba Unbuttons His Shirt on 'The Dark Tower' Set, Films Intense Fight Scene

Idris Elba holds up a gun to an actor’s head while hanging off a rooftop on the set of The Dark Tower on Friday (July 8) in New York City.

The 43-year-old actor, who unbuttoned his shirt at one point to beat the scorching heat, filmed an intense fight scene and his stunt double was seen alongside him at one point.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Idris Elba

Idris was spotted on set last week with his young co-star Tom Taylor for the first time!

25+ pictures inside of Idris Elba filming more The Dark Tower scenes… More Here! »

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Idris Elba Films 'Dark Tower' Scenes with Tom Taylor as Jake!

Idris Elba is all smiles while filming The Dark Tower scenes alongside his young co-star Tom Taylor on Thursday (July 7) in New York City.

Tom is playing the role of Jake Chambers, an eleven-year-old boy who becomes the symbolic son of Idris‘ character Roland/The Gunslinger. The first installment of Stephen King‘s series of novels focused on the two characters developing their relationship.

Idris has been seen filming the movie over the last week in the Big Apple with co-star Matthew McConaughey.

20+ pictures inside of Idris Elba filming scenes with Tom TaylorMore Here! »

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