Stephen King's The Dark Tower delayed

Tom Butler
Senior Editor
Idris Elba is The Gunslinger in ‘The Dark Tower’ – Credit: Sony Pictures/EW

Fans waiting for the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’ will have to wait a bit longer as it’s being reported that the film has been pushed back from its February 2017 release date.

Entertainment Weekly reports the Nikolaj Arcel-directed film will now be released by Sony Pictures next summer to give the production more time to complete the visual effects and effectively pre-promote the release.

The film wrapped in July, but with a relatively meagre budget (for a VFX-heavy blockbuster anyway) of $60m, it seems there simply wasn’t enough time available to hit the original 17 February release date without adding millions to the cost of the film.

“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],” EW’s anonymous source told them. “Now that there’s more time, they’re not paying rush charges to get the effects where they need to be.”

Sony recently pulled the film, which stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, from the schedule of EW’s PopFest at the last minute. The movie was due to be previewed at the fan convention, but it’s rumoured they had to cancel the appearance because the footage simply wasn’t ready.

We’ve reached out to Sony Pictures for comment.

'The Dark Tower' will be coming to cinemas in 2017.

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