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#1 Sep 12 2010 at 12:13 AM Rating: Excellent
And the Gunslinger Movie/TV show finally followed.

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Ron Howard & the team from A Beautiful Mind are to adapt a trilogy based on Stephen King's The Gunslinger series. 3 movies with a TV series to bridge the gap between flicks are planned. No casting decisions as of yet, but since Eastwood is too old I'm hoping for Viggo Mortenson to play Roland. He made an awesome tortured cowboy in Appaloosa. Thoughts?

Edited, Sep 12th 2010 2:21am by Omegavegeta
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#2 Sep 12 2010 at 12:21 AM Rating: Good
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Aside from "about ******* time"?
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#3 Sep 12 2010 at 4:56 AM Rating: Decent
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I am sad to say I have not read this series yet. All that I know of it was that some guy swallows a razor-edged spoon to kill himself. He probably borrowed it from Spoonless.
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#4 Sep 12 2010 at 7:11 AM Rating: Decent
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Viggo could make an interesting Ronald, his age isn't bad either, Ronald isn't a young man anymore and should definitely not be played by a young actor.

I do hope they don't focus too much on the books 5, 6 and 7. Not the best part of the series.
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#5 Sep 12 2010 at 9:21 AM Rating: Excellent
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Roland! ROLAND!!! Jesus.

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#6 Sep 12 2010 at 9:57 AM Rating: Good
I'm hoping he starts with the horn of Gilead, as that would easily explain any differences &, hopefully, make for a better ending to the series.

Don't mind that Ka is a Wheel & all, but Susannah's Song really, really sucked.

And perhaps Tim Curry could play the voice of Blaine, hehe.
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#7 Sep 12 2010 at 1:09 PM Rating: Good
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I don't really care if Eastwood is too old, I say give him his guns back!
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#8 Sep 12 2010 at 1:12 PM Rating: Good
I'm hoping he plays Roland's dad.
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#9 Sep 12 2010 at 4:32 PM Rating: Good
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I was kind of hoping they would do this in an animated series/movie. I've been thoroughly impressed by the graphic novels, and thought that animation would probably lend itself best to the story. That said, I'm still really freakin' excited about this. Smiley: lol

It'd be kind of cool if they used some of the actors from previous King movies to portray the recurring characters (i.e. Jamey Sheridan played Flagg in The Stand, Anthony Hopkins played Ted Brautigan in Hearts in Atlantis).

Edited, Sep 12th 2010 6:46pm by Spoonless
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Spoonless Delivers on Time wrote:
I was kind of hoping they would do this in an animated series/movie. I've been thoroughly impressed by the graphic novels, and thought that animation would probably lend itself best to the story.


I haven't looked at these graphic novels, but I purchased the first Talisman graphic novel and I was sooo disappointed.
#11 Sep 12 2010 at 5:24 PM Rating: Good
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Spoonless Delivers on Time wrote:
I was kind of hoping they would do this in an animated series/movie. I've been thoroughly impressed by the graphic novels, and thought that animation would probably lend itself best to the story.


I haven't looked at these graphic novels, but I purchased the first Talisman graphic novel and I was sooo disappointed.
The Dark Tower comics are really well done, in my opinion. I really like Jae Lee's art.

I've liked the graphic novel of The Stand so far, as well.
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#12 Sep 12 2010 at 5:54 PM Rating: Good
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I listened to this a few months ago as a book on tape, and while it was pretty good I found myself bored at times. I think part of it was because it was during a long car ride, though. =/
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#13 Sep 13 2010 at 6:17 AM Rating: Good
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I liked the series just because I'm a huge reader of Stephen King's works (from back in my angsty teenage years, mostly). The Dark Tower series started off with one of my favorite lines in all of literature, continued as really unique and interesting, then got to be just "how many books that I've already written and I write into this series before people realize this is basically my own personal fan-fiction?", then go to, "Oh, why not make myself a central character?", and ended as "WHOA! WHAT!?"

I really liked the ending. I really liked the first few books. And I basically liked any part with references to 'Salem's Lot or IT. The rest just kinda meandered and wandered and was like watching King flaunt his own works.

Interested in seeing how the series comes out.
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#14 Sep 13 2010 at 2:03 PM Rating: Good
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I liked the series just because I'm a huge reader of Stephen King's works (from back in my angsty teenage years, mostly). The Dark Tower series started off with one of my favorite lines in all of literature, continued as really unique and interesting, then got to be just "how many books that I've already written and I write into this series before people realize this is basically my own personal fan-fiction?", then go to, "Oh, why not make myself a central character?", and ended as "WHOA! WHAT!?"

I really liked the ending. I really liked the first few books. And I basically liked any part with references to 'Salem's Lot or IT. The rest just kinda meandered and wandered and was like watching King flaunt his own works.

Interested in seeing how the series comes out.


I thought the first four books were great. After that, they were alright, but I don't think he ever really recaptured the magic from the first four. Wolves of the Calla was OK, I guess, but after how great Wizard and Glass was, it was a letdown. The ending was fitting. I think Oy's death was probably the saddest character death in the series for me.

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#15 Sep 15 2010 at 11:32 PM Rating: Good
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The only problem with the last three is that they were written on a much shorter time scale than the first four were.

I mean, seriously, the first four were written over the span of nineteen years. (Herp. :-D) The other three? Seven years, at most.
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#16 Sep 20 2010 at 4:07 PM Rating: Good
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I've read the first two, really enjoyed them, then sorta carried on with my Warhammer 40k binge, and haven't yet gotten back into the series.

Edited, Oct 31st 2010 5:46pm by remorajunbao
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#17 Sep 21 2010 at 11:24 AM Rating: Good
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Makes me want to re-read them all.
#18 Sep 22 2010 at 1:27 AM Rating: Good
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Makes me want to re-read them all.


If you haven't read Black House, the sequel to The Talisman, do so. It's got a lot to do with The Dark Tower series. Namely, the breakers.

And read the Talisman if you haven't, its one of my favorites.
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