Stephen on why Un­der The Dome tanked on TV

24 Hours Vancouver - - FRONT PAGE - MARK DANIELL

Stephen King has a pretty good idea why The Dark Tower flopped with crit­ics and movie­go­ers — it wasn’t vi­o­lent enough. So when he was asked in Toronto Thurs­day night about the TV adap­ta­tion of Un­der the Dome, which was un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously can­celled af­ter three sea­sons on CBS in 2015, he again didn’t mince words. “Un­der the Dome started off smart and got dumb,” King dead­panned. “I may get some neg­a­tive feed­back from the net­work, but I don’t care.” The re­cent film adap­ta­tion of King’s It was a smash with crit­ics and au­di­ences, but The Dark Tower was a mas­sive dis­ap­point­ment.

“The ma­jor chal­lenge was to do a film based on a se­ries of books that’s re­ally long, about 3,000 pages,” the writer told Vul­ture.

Re­flect­ing on Un­der the Dome’s can­cel­la­tion, King brought up a line from the film adap­ta­tion of his short story Stand By Me.

“Wagon Train’s a re­ally cool show, but did you no­tice they never get any­where? They just keep wagon train­ing. Well, peo­ple on Un­der the Dome just kept Un­der the Dom­ing. “Shows need a be­gin­ning, mid­dle and end ... don’t keep on wagon train­ing.”

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