Entertainment Weekly exclusively reports that Sony Pictures film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is now being pushed back for a summer 2017 release instead of its initial 17th February release.
Back in the middle of July we got first look images of the upcoming film, then a trailer was talked about dropping around Christmas time. While the trailer may still happen around that time, the film will not meet its February cinematic release and will drop sometime in summer, though no official date has been confirmed.
The film will focus on Roland the Gunslinger and a sorcerer known as the Man in Black, both of whom are on a quest to reach the mystical tower that stands at the nexus of countless dimensions. Principal photography for the film wrapped up in late July but now the plan to get the film out six months later seems to have proven to be overly ambitious as Sony Pictures and production company MRC have decided post-production can’t be finished in that timeframe.
One source told EW:
It’s a very fiscally responsible budget, and trying to stay in budget to make money and stay profitable means the VFX won’t be finished in time. Now that there’s more time, they’re not paying rush charges to get the effects where they need to be.
I like that Sony is giving Nikolaj Arcel and co more time to put the best film possible out and for a summer release rather than rushing it to meet the deadline for February release. The Dark Tower stars Idris Elba (Roland Deschain), Matthew McConaughey (Man In Black), Abbey Lee (believed to be Tirana), Tom Taylor (Jake Chambers), Jackie Earle Haley, Fran Kranz (Pimli), Katheryn Winnick and Michael Barbieri.