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Reply #70 on: May 03, 2017, 08:19:01 AM

That was interesting, but it seems like they really are diverging from the basic storyline a lot. That could work with the whole "this has happened before, and will happen again" theme, but not sure.  It looks like there's too much New York in it; I don't remember Roland getting there nearly so early, and worry they're doing it to have an urban setting more than a dystopia one from Roland's world.

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Reply #71 on: May 03, 2017, 08:37:23 AM

Never really was a fan of Kings prose to be honest, though I loved the Eyes of the Dragon.

Ditto.

Trailer doesn't look terrible.

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Reply #72 on: May 03, 2017, 09:47:46 AM

I mostly like King's early work.  His later work seemed pretty uneven, and not really rewarding to read.  c.f. The Tommyknockers.   Ohhhhh, I see.  I did read the Dark Tower books up to the point where he stopped for... a decade?  And never really picked them back up when he returned to the project.

I did enjoy Eyes of the Dragon.  I wonder if it holds up.
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Reply #73 on: May 03, 2017, 10:52:05 AM

Zero fucking interest in this.  And then Katheryn Winnick appears.

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Reply #74 on: May 03, 2017, 12:15:40 PM

The books made everything seem gritty and grim. This is clean.

I'm really not getting clean from that trailer. Bit more of it from Jake's perspective than the books, might be why it appears that way.

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Reply #75 on: May 03, 2017, 05:42:59 PM

I thought TDT was a western, not some generic SF claptrap?

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Reply #76 on: May 03, 2017, 06:05:32 PM

How kid centric is this story? never read it, the heavy involvement of a kid in the trailer is the only thing that didn't look awesome.

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Reply #77 on: May 03, 2017, 06:13:12 PM

The whole trailer feels paint by numbers, I'm predicting a pretty shit movie.

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Reply #78 on: May 03, 2017, 07:42:24 PM

Yeah, but you thought it was a western, so, yeah.

I liked the trailer, and if it is indeed the beginning of another cycle, I'll go with it.

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Reply #79 on: May 03, 2017, 07:54:20 PM

This trailer didn't fill me with hope. I hate the cheesy "toss cylinder in the air, reload gun by slapping it in mid-air" bs. It also looks like it is diverging way to much from the books for my taste. Sure, this is another time around but it doesn't even really feel like the books.

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Reply #80 on: May 03, 2017, 10:16:34 PM

Yeah, but you thought it was a western, so, yeah.

I liked the trailer, and if it is indeed the beginning of another cycle, I'll go with it.

Fair enough.  Only read bits of the first book, I assumed the thematic sense would continue even in different trappings.

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Reply #81 on: May 03, 2017, 10:31:27 PM

Listen.  He did a lot of cocaine, then was in an accident, and now he's gone back and rewritten parts of the first book to make it consistent with the rest of it.
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Reply #82 on: May 04, 2017, 10:30:54 AM

How kid centric is this story? never read it, the heavy involvement of a kid in the trailer is the only thing that didn't look awesome.

No idea about the movie, but the kid is pretty central to the Gunslinger's character arc in the books.
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Reply #83 on: May 04, 2017, 11:00:43 AM

I know and was intrigued by the particular approach King and the producers are taking with this (and the fact they're supposedly starting "in the middle"), but this trailer is too flashy and almost killed any interest I had.

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Reply #84 on: May 05, 2017, 06:30:59 AM

To give you an idea of some of the talent involved here, one of the four credited writers wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for Batman & Robin, Lost in Space, I Am Legend, Insurgent, and Rings. Another one is one of a half-dozen writers that had a hand in The Amazing Spider-man 2, co-wrote the upcoming Jumanji movie, and has apparently been tasked with writing the ROM, M.A.S.K., and Visionaries movies, as well as the Venom movie. The director is from Denmark and from what I can tell, this appears to be his first English language movie. He's also one of the writers on this.
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Reply #85 on: May 05, 2017, 07:05:36 AM

Wow.  That's like a litany of utter suck.

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Reply #86 on: May 05, 2017, 10:48:11 AM

I didn't like that trailer. I'm a big fan of the series, to the point where I can excuse how bad some of the last books are, but that didn't hit any of the notes was hoping for.

It seems to be a big departure from the original Jake character and The Man in Black as well.  Oh well, here's hoping it doesn't actually suck.




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Reply #87 on: May 05, 2017, 11:45:06 AM

It's been a while since I've seen the books and other than some nice imagery (the gun-fu-magic and the Tower), I can't reliably say it resembled the books I read. Like at all. I'll chalk part of that up to my failing old man memory but fuck's sake, it didn't look anything like I pictured it.

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Reply #88 on: May 05, 2017, 11:57:30 AM

Yeah, no matter the "sequel" idea or anything else, the trailer doesn't really convey the atmosphere of the books, at all (although, yes, that particular segment of the book supposedly portrayed in the first movie is quite frantic compared to other storylines).

Yeah, maybe I should just rewatch Sergio Leone's movies to get some of that (at least up to Book 2) but, just to make a relatively recent example, "The Fellowship of the Ring", with its slow pace and narration, recreated the mood of the book perfectly, IMO (hell, we could notice that even since the very first trailer of FOTR).

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Reply #89 on: May 09, 2017, 08:34:06 AM

All they had to do was "Gunslinger Born" and they'd have a Logan style classic.  Why make the damned thing more complex than that?  Didn't like this concept (but I haven't gotten far at all in the series myself).

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