Dark Tower an Adaptation?
Maybe I’m missing something. When Marvel first started sounding the clarion about their Stephen King project, it was plugged as original work (link no longer available):
STEPHEN KING BREAKS NEW GROUND AT MARVEL WITH ORIGINAL COMIC SERIES BASED ON HIS EPIC THE DARK TOWER
New Comic Series Exploring the Origin of the Notorious Gunslinger Character Marks First Time Stephen King Has Produced Original Content for the Comic Book Format
Now, Peter David’s been interviewed (link no longer available) about the project. He’s the credited writer, with King serving only in some kind of adviser/approval role. That makes me question the “Stephen King Has Produced” bit above. And then there’s this bit from the article:
David relishes writing the gritty anti-heroic characters who appear in Dark Tower, but since adapting the novels to comic books required various reimaginings of characters created by one of his own favorite authors, David paid special attention to King’s original intentions and factored those observations in with his own creative direction.
So it’s only an adaptation of the existing novels? What’s original about that? Is this all a huge bait-and-switch? And will it appeal to the King fans who were being counted on to drive huge sales as new comic readers swarmed the shops?
Update: Don MacPherson examines the changes between the press releases and the promised product in much more detail.