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Mike Flanagan's The Dark Tower Adaptation Is In A 'Healthy Place' Despite WGA/SAG Strikes

By Andrew Sanford | TV | August 11, 2023 |

By Andrew Sanford | TV | August 11, 2023 |


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George Miller, director of Mad Max and Happy Feet, almost directed a Justice League movie. It was close. There was a cast, script, and shooting location, and it all disappeared. Part of the movie falling apart had to do with the Australian government. Still, it was not helped by a writers’ strike, which pushed production on the film back several months.

Strikes cancel projects. At the end of the day, it’s worth it. Producers should be paying people fairly, and if they aren’t, they deserve to have their hundred-million-dollar IP projects fall into nothingness. One producer, who is also a writer and director and very supportive of the strikes, is not about to let his big project fall through the cracks.

On a recent episode of “The Kingcast,” Mike Flanagan gave a few details about his upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s opus The Dark Tower. The book series has been adapted in the past, to less than stellar results. Flanagan is taking a different approach. Despite the current strikes, Flanagan had this to say about the project’s development.

“I feel really good about where we are. Oddly, where we are at the moment is completely frozen, because of the strike, but we had a wonderful spring with it and we’re making enormous progress on it. And I have every reason to believe that on the other side of the strike, it’s gonna be priority #1. We have great partners on it that I can’t talk about, and we’ve got some really exciting actors circling on it that I can’t talk about, and we have some potentially groundbreaking approaches to the filmmaking of it that I just can’t really talk about … but what I can say is that my fears that any momentum we had developed was gonna be obliterated [by the strike], well, I don’t really worry about that. We’re in a healthy place. We are of course in solidarity with the WGA and SAG, and once those immediate needs are taken care of and everyone’s back to work, I think that’s when we’re gonna immediately deploy. But it’s going very well.”

The Dark Tower receiving a faithful adaptation from one of the best adaptors of King material feels too good to be true. Hopefully, Flanagan’s trip to Mid-World proceeds unencumbered. But, if it doesn’t proceed and the cost is fair deals for members of SAG-AFTRA and the WGA, then it will end up being worth it.