10 Movie Adaptations You Already Know Are Doomed To Disappoint

10. The Dark Tower

Columbia Pictures

After years of will they/won't they make this phenomenal book series into a film, Stephen King's magnum opus is finally getting the big screen treatment. At first, it was easy to rejoice at the news - especially with Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey cast in the leading roles. But there is much surrounding this adaptation to strike fear into the hearts of the fans.

The biggest concern, perhaps, stems from the studio's choice of screenwriter (or screenwriters, as it were). Rarely do films - especially adaptations like this - credited to four writers turn out well, and the reason for this is compromise.

How can you create a singular, driving vision with so many cooks involved in the creative process? It doesn't help, either, that one of said cooks is Akiva Goldsman, who has "gifted" audiences with filmic travesties such as Batman & Robin, The Da Vinci Code, and Winter's Tale.

And then there's the fact that it was recently announced that the film itself isn't really an adaptation in the traditional sense - it's more of a hodgepodge of ideas and elements from King's series, thrown together in a Hollywood cement mixer.

Don't get your hopes up, folks.


Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.