Idris Elba’s Roland the Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey’s Man in Black’s journeys to the Dark Tower will have to wait a little longer. Until Summer 2017, to be exact. We had February 2017 as the original premiere date. Yet, Sony, the studio in-charge, has decided to postpone the movie, based on Stephen King’s epic saga of books.
According to EW, Sony‘s decision to push back the film is due to an “overly amibitious” schedule. The movie, directed by Nikolaj-Arcel finished shooting in July. Yet, it appears there is still a lot more to do as Sony pushes the premiere back. The delays have been because of several reported reasons. Extensions to visual effects and a longer time to promote the film, to name a few.
Just last month the rough trailer for the film leaked, giving fans a tantalising glimpse at the exciting new franchise. The trailer has since been taken down by Sony, but we’re still waiting for an official look. Furthermore, not everyone is familiar with The Dark Tower series. The studio is definitely being careful, with only $60 million set aside for the film. They know they are taking a risk. Sony will need to promote the film as much as they can if they hope to score a strong result at the box office.
“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 [for February],” one source tells EW, on condition of anonymity. “Now that there’s more time, they’re not paying rush charges to get the effects where they need to be.”
Sony has big plans for The Dark Tower, with sequels and a TV spin-off lined-up. This in mind, it’s easy to see why the studio has postponed the first film. Getting every detail right is definitely a must if they hope to make The Dark Tower a big success.
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