Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’ film delayed until summer 2017

The film was originally set to come out in February

The Dark Tower, the first film adaptation of Stephen King’s book series of the same name, has had its 2017 release date put back.

Starring Idris Elba (playing Roland the Gunslinger) and Matthew McConaughey (the Man In Black), the adaptation is being helmed by director Nikolaj Arcel, with producer credits going to Ron Howard and King himself. The Dark Tower was expected to be released in February 2017.

However, as Entertainment Weekly reports, post-production could not be completed in time by Sony Pictures and production company MRC, with visual effects cited as the primary reason for the delay. Principal photography on the film wrapped back in July, but the delay in post- means that the film will now be released later in the year.

Distributors have now been informed that The Dark Tower will hit the big screen on July 28.

It is hoped that the film will become the first in a new movie franchise, which will follow King’s series of Dark Tower novels.

Back in September, Elba was confirmed for a companion televised adaptation of The Dark Tower, which is expected to air in 2018.