It’s been rumored for some time now that Sony’s forthcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower has a short runtime. Well, now it’s been confirmed by the British Board of Film Classification, who registered the film at an alarmingly lean 95 minutes.
This is concerning to diehard fans for a variety of reasons. For starters, the source material is complicated, to say the least, so trying to compact the story into an hour and a half doesn’t exactly bode well for those hopinh to get an agreeable adaptation.
What’s more, this is said to be the beginning of a proposed Dark Tower franchise, which means director Nikolaj Arcel must be doing a hell of a lot of world building in such a short time frame. Perhaps there’s a reason we’ve been seeing the same scenes repeatedly.
Then again, the series’ first book, The Gunslinger, is fairly short in length, and this is a continuation of the book series and not exactly a direct adaptation. Plus, as The Ringer’s K. Austin Collins recently argued, not all movies need to be 120+ minutes.
Even so, given everything we know about this troubled project — from the constant delays to the hush-hush reshoots to the astounding lack of marketing — Constant Readers should be going into this with very, very, very low expectations.
Either way, we’ll find out on August 4th when The Dark Tower hits theaters. In the meantime, stay tuned to every episode of The Losers’ Club, Consequence of Sound‘s weekly Stephen King podcast. Are you a Constant Listener yet?