It’s a hard question, because I guess it’s one that’s very hard to answer, because most people don’t know what cinema is, or what filmmaking is. So I’m not going to try and answer that question. Cinema is a great way to tell a story, so I think you can understand what I’m going to be saying, but I’m not going to try to explain how this all fits together, why this is the best way to do it. It’s sort of a weird kind of conundrum. What’s the best way to tell the story? I just know.
What do I feel it has to tell us, for us to really get a handle on how the world looks, what it’s like, how you would actually live life like this?
I do feel it has a certain sense of mystery as it exists on the page. It’s in the air. It’s there, and I think we get a sense of that on the page with the world of The Dark Tower. When you first see that world, it seems like it’s not real, a bunch of little dots on the page, but as the book progresses, you really find out that it’s a lot more than that. It has a certain truthfulness that comes through, as it’s all laid out in the text and the storytelling that we come to know from the book. When you get into the film, you’re able to kind of look around and see the real world around us, the small places, and see them as if they’re real, and they aren’t.
But I feel like it can also be very cinematic. It’s a way to deal with all of that stuff on the page, and then you don’t have to worry about these kinds of things being pulled. If the film is going to take all the things that happen in all the worlds and kind of make them into one big world, then I feel like those things could even be more cinematic than anything you could ever see with your eyes. They may seem like they’re on the page sometimes, but they’re being set up on screen. With the film, that stuff is on screen, and we’ve just kind of put it all in there with the text, so it’s all set up, and then you really see the whole world of Roland Deschain, the world as seen on a page as if on the page, so you know exactly where this book is going and what’s going on.