Try as he did, Idris Elba wasn’t able to steer Stephen King’s The Dark Tower to box office success – becoming one of the biggest flops of the summer film season. But the Hollywood star hasn’t given up just yet on reprising his role in future movies – insisting that there’s more to come from the franchise.
Speaking with the Radio Times, Elba revealed that he’s keen on reprising his role for a Dark Tower sequel and that he’s hopeful for the planned television spin-off;
“I think any TV series that is an offshoot from the film can have more time to explore some themes. I’d personally prefer to do another Dark Tower film, exploring some more of the gunslinger – as a film. I don’t know much about where they are with the TV show – but I think there’s definitely talks to try and do another one.”
It’s well noted that The Dark Tower didn’t do all that well at the box office, crawling to an awkward $110 million at the worldwide box office. Given that this movie was intended to launch a full cinematic universe, it’s not the best of starts. In the movie’s favour though is the fact that a bunch of Summer Blockbusters failed miserably also – with takings down across the board.
Elba’s encouragement is something worth noting, but the reality is that the much-anticipated movie completely fell out the gate earlier this summer. In the shadow of other Stephen King adaptations like IT and Netflix’s Gerald’s Game – the failure of The Dark Tower only stands out all the more. Talk about the television series has gone silent – suggesting that changes may be on the way.
Personally, I wasn’t that impressed with The Dark Tower. It didn’t strike me as a fun movie and it was something of a slog to sit through, never a good sign when you’re trying to build an entire franchise. I wouldn’t be interested in seeing this franchise return unless major changes were made.
What did you think, would you want to see more The Dark Tower?