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The Dark Tower Movie Has Been Delayed, but for Good Reason


The film adaptation for Stephen King’s Dark Tower series has been pushed back by a few months, but fans have nothing to worry about. The release date will reportedly move from February 17, 2017 to sometime during the summer as the production team takes the time to put finishing touches on visual effects.

Sometimes, when a movie is delayed, it can be a sign of trouble (although even in those cases, the delay is usually for the best), but Entertainment Weekly reports that, in this case, it’s just a matter of an unrealistic post-production schedule. The Idris Elba/Matthew McConaughey starrer only wrapped production in July, making February an ambitious goal for a modern-day blockbuster, especially with a relatively low budget of $60 million.

A summer release date would put post-production at about a year, which is a fairly common for completing modern visual effects. The budget may be low, but a source within the production told EW that the extended timeframe would make sure the effects themselves don’t show it. That’ll also leave plenty of extra time to market the movie, which there has been a conspicuous lack of as its release date draws near, considering it’s meant to kick off a sprawling franchise.

Hopefully the extra wait will be well worth it.

(via Entertainment Weekly, image via Ilze Kitshoff/Sony Pictures)

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