The film adaptation of Stephen King's series of novels The Dark Tower has suffered a delay, Entertainment Weekly reported. The movie, led by Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, is getting a spinoff series as well.
Sony told distributors on Thursday that The Dark Tower was being pushed back from the originally planned Feb. 17, 2017 release to July 28, 2017. The delay is meant to make more time for visual effects on the film to be completed, as well as making more time for the film to be promoted. The reported $60 million film wrapped in July.
"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]," a source who asked to remain anonymous told EW. "Now that there's more time, they're not paying rush charges to get the effects where they need to be."
The Dark Tower will follow Elba as Roland Deschain, or "Roland the Gunslinger," on a sci-fi journey to reach the titular tower only to have McConaughey, as the "Man in Black," get in his way.
The Dark Tower TV series is set for at least 10 episodes in 2018, following the film's release. Elba will star, reprising his role from the film.