A film version of Stephan King’s “The Dark Tower” book series is in production, and fans of King’s work are eagerly awaiting it. The books are extremely popular with readers, but the film version has been plagued by various delays for years. Now that the production is actually in motion, reports from the set indicate that the plot of the movie is straying from what King wrote in his books.
All of this brings up the topic of how King’s novels have been handled by Hollywood over the years. Some film versions of King’s books such as “Carrie” and “Christine” have been raging successes both commercially and successfully. Others, such as “The Shining,” have done well at the box office but have been less universally praised by reviewers. A few – think “Maximum Overdrive” – have been total flops.
Personally, I think that the absolute best film remake of a King novel is “Shawshank Redemption” starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Based on the novel “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemeption,” the film manages to retain the essence of the novel’s message of hope and redemption while moving the narrative along at a fun and entertaining cinematic pace.
Both the novel and the film are excellent, and each has its own character and feel. The novel is able to get more into the back story of the protagonist while the film captures his struggle and ultimate triumph through its photography.