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Stephen King Believes 'Dark Tower' Failed Because Of Its PG-13 Rating

Stephen King is talking about the failure of 'Dark Tower' both critically and at the box office.

'The Dark Tower', which was made on a $60 million budget with Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, earned $111.7 worldwide but failed to impress audiences.

The film appeared to stray too far from King's book while aiming for a simpler narrative.

In an interview with EW, King blames the studio for trying to rewrite the story for a PG-13 rating.

"The real problem, as far as I'm concerned is, they went in to this movie and I think this was a studio edict, pretty much, this is going to be a PG-13 movie. It's going to be a tentpole movie," says the author.

"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."

Meanwhile, Stephen King's 'It', also based on his book, earned nearly $700 million worldwide on a budget of nearly half that. It now ranks as the highest grossing horror film of all-time.

December 29, 2017 |

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