Netflix Might Finally Do Justice For Stephen King’s Most ‘Unfilmable’ Epic

Tiredness: The Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Extended Universe. Cable ? Netflix’s Mike Flanaverse.

If you haven’t heard of Mike Flanagan, you’re probably not a fan of scary stories. The spooky series author joined the ranks of modern horror masters shortly after launching his first Netflix project, a Stephen King adaptation. Gerald’s game. Netflix has wisely banked on Flanagan’s potential and a horror-hungry audience that offers more than cheap thrills.

As of 2020, Flanagan had back-to-back miniseries hits with The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor. Then his multi-year deal with Netflix shifted into “cinematic universe” territory with the 2021 release of the spiritual vampire horror series. Midnight Mass. Thus was born the “Flanaverse”.

Hot on the tail The Midnight Clubyet another Flanagan miniseries, the filmmaker made a bold proposition in an IGN interview: he’s set to adapt all seven Stephen King novels dark tower series.

King’s 4,250-page multi-genre juggernaut, which mixes dark fantasy, sci-fi, horror, western and dystopia themes, is considered unfilmable given its narrative complexity and extensive references. metatextual to the author’s other works. The story follows Roland Deschain, the last living member of a “gunslinger” chivalric order heavily inspired by both Arthurian legends and classic American westerns. Roland’s world shares aesthetic characteristics with the Old West and the Middle Ages, but it is also magical and high-tech. And it literally collapses. Places on the map disappear, the weather behaves badly, and the sun doesn’t rise or set correctly. Roland’s mission is to find the Dark Tower, which could save his world from destruction.

That of the Dark Tower The infamy only grew thanks to a 2017 movie rendition hated and derided by critics and fans alike for attempting to squeeze nearly all seven books into one clunky, horribly paced film.

Amazon Prime Video has purchased the rights to series in 2018 with plans to move forward with a TV show, to drop the company by 2020. Why Amazon’s decision was never officially revealed, though. Deadline alleged that executives felt it was not on the same scale as power rings Where The wheel of time. As far as we know, the series is still looking for a home.

Don’t expect any immediate announcements, but there is reason to be optimistic. Studios with the financial resources and production prowess are taking on once unfilmable adaptations and making them, well, filmable. Dunes was a thunderous achievement for HBO, and Philip Pullman Its dark materials finally got a worthy screen adaptation via HBO as well.

If Flanagan were to face The dark tower for Netflix, then it would join The sand man, the adaptation of Netflix’s hit graphic novel that was recently renewed for a second season. Neil Gaiman’s visually arresting and convoluted tale was also deemed unfilmable for nearly three decades before the streamer bet on it. Why not double?

Mike Flanagan put himself on the map with a 2017 adaptation of the Stephen King thriller Gerald’s game.netflix

The Reverse Analysis- If there is anyone who could attack The Dark Tower, it could be Mike Flanagan. He has received a lot of support from Netflix, and the platform trusts him to make creative decisions. Flanagan has also proven to understand Stephen King, having adapted both Gerald’s game and Doctor Sleep, the latter with praise from King himself. And, in his IGN interview, Flanagan noted that he’s already thinking about how to produce the show.

“The first scene would be a black screen and the words, ‘The man in black flees across the desert and the armed bandit followed’ would come silently, and you would hear the wind, and we would gradually fade to that Lawrence of Arabia-esque landscape with a figure in the distance making its way through the hardpan. And we would build it from there – in order – until the end.

Again, it’s just Flanagan saying he wants the job, not an announcement that he has it. Even if Netflix is ​​interested, Flanagan still has other book-to-screen adaptations on his roster, including The Fall of House Usher for Netflix, The season of passage for Universal Pictures, and potentially a second season for The Midnight Club. It could be years before his hopes come true.

But we cross our fingers.

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