Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' Gets Delayed For the Second Time

Friday, 31 March 2017 - 2:24PM
Friday, 31 March 2017 - 2:24PM
Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' Gets Delayed For the Second Time
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Sony just can't seem to decide on a release date for the cinematic adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower.

While the movie was originally slated for release all the way back in February of this year, the studio elected to push it back to July 28 for reasons unknown, although the lack of any trailers with such a fast-approaching release date could mean more time was needed. Now, as this intended release date has drawn nearer Sony have decided to postpone the release of The Dark Tower for a second time, moving it back by a week to August 4.

This isn't the largest of delays, and it's certainly more palatable than the first delay from February to July, but it does raise questions about what Sony thinks they're doing by constantly fiddling with the movie's release schedule - especially considering that by postponing The Dark Tower again, the movie is slated to release barely more than a month before another Stephen King film, the remake of It (which does have a trailer out).




The Dark Tower
is a little more supernatural than King's standard horror fare, and the movie will see Roland the Gunslinger (Idris Elba) hunting after the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), a magical being who's attempting to track down a shifting, inter-dimensional tower in order to destroy it. Roland, who's nearly lost his western-themed homeworld to inter-dimensional ruin, needs the tower for his own purposes.

So now, instead of seeing The Dark Tower on July 28, moviegoers will be left with The Emoji Movie, which is taking the film's release slot in something of a slap to the face for King fans. It seems likely that the delay to The Dark Tower is more about getting The Emoji Movie out a little earlier in the summer vacation period, allowing for more parents to take their kids to see the film.

Let's just hope that Sony's eagerness to play Musical Chairs with The Dark Tower isn't an indication of the movie's overall quality. The Dark Tower is currently scheduled to come out August 4, 2017.
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