In the Dark Tower book series there are 8 books and I was wondering if the movie is covering all of them or if it is only the first one and there will be a movie for every book like in Harry Potter.

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    Practically: neither. – Mithoron Aug 3 '18 at 20:54

No, The Dark Tower film is the first film in a potential series of SEQUEL films and television series continuing on from the end of novels, in which due to the nature of The Dark Tower mythology (that expands into nearly every Stephen King novel), barrows many elements and concepts from the Dark Tower novel series.

The Dark Tower is a 2017 American dark fantasy western film directed and co-written by Nikolaj Arcel. A continuation of Stephen King's novel series of the same name, the film stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, a gunslinger on a quest to protect the Dark Tower—a mythical structure which supports all realities—while Matthew McConaughey plays his nemesis, Walter Padick, the Man in Black, and Tom Taylor stars as Jake Chambers, a New York boy who becomes Roland's apprentice.

Intended to launch a film and television franchise, the first installment combines elements from several novels in the eight-volume series, and takes place in both modern-day New York City and in Mid-World, Roland's Old West-style parallel universe. The film also serves as a canonical sequel to the novel series, which concludes with the revelation that Roland's quest is a cyclical time loop; the presence of the Horn of Eld, which Roland carries in the film, indicates that this is the next cycle.

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    Hmm, that's only what they would like us to think. Weak excuse for being only tangentially related to novels. – Mithoron Aug 4 '18 at 18:01
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    Stephen King confirmed this pretty early on and there was a huge plan for the TV series to start on NBC that has since been put back into development. I would agree that it was not a good film, but the horn pretty much gives it away that it's another iteration of the timeline(s) and I like the idea that the films/TV series wouldn't be ditto to the source material so we could see if there is "progress" made. – Darth Locke Aug 4 '18 at 20:41
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    I still say that King saying that is only an excuse for making a mess. The idea wasn't bad, but they just didn't really do it. – Mithoron Aug 4 '18 at 21:40
  • That I can agree with. Not a bad premise, but bad execution. – Darth Locke Aug 4 '18 at 23:08

It's sort of like an adaptation of parts of the first three books (I think). It does leave out a lot, including major characters, and it doesn't have any of the plot points, scenes, or characters from the later books.

It is likely they were planning to make a series of them but are probably not going through with that plan since the first movie was not well received.

It's more like a hot mess with some similar elements to the books.

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  • There are some characters from later books actually, which weirded out folks before the release. It's kind of first book mashed up with various elements of later ones like can-toi and vampires and indeed messed up. – Mithoron Aug 3 '18 at 22:40

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