“The Dark Tower” Delayed Several Months

The film adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” fantasy saga has been pushed back by at least several months according to EW.

Originally slated for a February 17th 2017 release, the movie has now been pushed to a July 28th 2017 release. The Nikolaj Arcel-directed film’s overly ambitious tight schedule appears to be at fault as the production reportedly hasn’t had enough time to finish post-production work since shooting wrapped this past July.

Unlike other major fantasy films, the budget of this movie is a quite tight $60 million and so far those involved have reportedly kept to that. A crunch time was reached where they could spend many millions more and get it done on time, or simply delay the release and keep to the budget.

A delay has the advantage of also allowing more time to get promotional material together, something likely required after the brief online leak of a rough trailer with unfinished visual effects last month which demonstrated the project is a long way from being polished.

It has previously been confirmed that the forthcoming film isn’t a direct adaptation of the seven book series but rather a continuation and reworking of the novels with the focus on the final cycle of Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) and his pursuit of the titular location.

The books followed Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice which sits amid a sea of singing red roses and is a nexus in the time-space continuum. A place where someone is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it. Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Abbey Lee, Fran Kranz, Jackie Earle Haley, Katheryn Winnick and Claudia Kiim co-star.