There are few literary series which are as creative or intricate as Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” anthology. Over the span of eight novels and a standalone short story, King weaves an ultimate tale of good versus evil. His characters are deep and complex, heroes often doing terrible things or making painful sacrifices in the name of the greater good. As the books progress timelines begin to wrap around one another. Small choices rippling through dimensions impacting characters in ways that are quite unexpected. Details and characters from other King stories begin to appear in this narrative, weaving a web between all of his prior (and future?) novels. Because of these complexities, it’s often been said that it would be impossible to make a film adaptation. J.J. Abrams was the first to try but eventually passed on the project. The next attempt was made by Ron Howard, who at one time conceived a narrative that would ambitiously span several movies and a TV series. Instead, those plans fell by the wayside, Howard stepping into a producer role, and Nikolaj Arcel taking over writing and directing. Arcel being rumored to be a fan of the series, and based on his screenplays for 2009’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and Oscar nominated “A Royal Affair” there was still a glimmer of hope for fans that an engaging, if not faithful, adaptation would be made. Instead, “The Dark Tower” is the worst film adaptation of a King story to date.