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Stephen King Says The Dark Tower Failed Due To PG-13 Rating

This past summer Stephen King’s The Dark Tower finally hit the big screen – with a thud heard around the world. Not only where the reviews less than favorable, neither fans nor general audience dug the film. Which is too bad because actor Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey kicked all kinds of ass.

Well, it turns out that author Stephen King thinks he knows why the film was doomed from the get-go. And in his eyes, it all has to do with the powers that be trying to make the violent book series a PG-13 tentpole film.

“The real problem, as far as I’m concerned is, they went into this movie, and I think this was a studio edict pretty much: this is going to be a PG-13 movie,” King said. “It’s going to be a tentpole movie. We want to make sure that we get people in there from the ages of, let’s say, 12 right on up to whatever the target age is. Let’s say 12 to 35. That’s what we want. So it has to be PG-13, and when they did that I think that they lost a lot of the toughness of it and it became something where people went to it and said, Well yeah, but it’s really not anything that we haven’t seen before.”

Fair enough.

Personally, I think there was much more than just a rating that caused the film to be an utter flop. The script sure didn’t help. Even if you added blood, gore, and cursing to that script it still would have been a mess. Albeit a f*cking bloody and gory one.

Why do you think The Dark Tower wasn’t successful? Let us know below!


Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of worlds at stake, two men collide in the ultimate battle between good and evil.


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