The critical response to the live-action premiere of Stephen King’s epic fantasy saga The Dark Tower has been less than good, but the author already has a few ideas for the sequel — and cites Logan and Deadpool as inspiration.
While speaking to Birth.Movies.Death, King said he agrees with the reasoning to make the first movie a PG-13 affair to bring in a wider audience, but he’d like to see the film series take a deeper dive into the source material for an R-rated sequel (and pointed to the aforementioned R-rated superhero flicks as examples of success).
Looking to the books, the series is so ambitiously huge that there are so many elements one could adapt, so yeah, there’s certainly space for a more mature spin on the material. It's right there in the books. Oh yeah, and King also mentions the lobstrosities.
Check out an excerpt from King’s comments below:
“I would love to see Roland on the beach with those lobster monstrosities and I understand the rationale behind [this] movie, that it’s PG-13. I totally signed off on that. I think it’s the right thing to do. I want as many people as possible to attend for all kinds of reasons…but I would love to see the next picture be R. Because I think that’s sort of where we’re coming from now, where the movies need to go.”
As fans are well aware, plans are already in the works for a prequel television series, and presumably more movies (assuming the first one doesn’t bomb this weekend), and it sounds like King is certainly game to keep his magnum opus rolling on the big screen — and it stands to reason fans would be pumped for an R-rated sequel that really lets Idris Elba's Gunslinger go buck wild.
What do you think? Would you stick around for an R-rated Dark Tower?