Sony's Dark Tower Shifts Release Date ... Again

With Sony's "The Dark Tower" having been set for a July release and an official trailer yet to be seen since the leaked unfinished trailer last year, many expected to see the film pushed back yet again. So it isn't entirely surprising that Sony has done just that, pushing the film back a week to August (via Entertainment Weekly).

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The film was originally supposed to arrive back in February, but was pushed to a Summer 2017 release in order to allow for more time on the visual effects. At the time, Entertainment Weekly reported that the team behind the highly-anticipated film was trying to keep the project on budget, while also making it a point to not rush the visual effects. This latest scheduling shift, though, is said to give "The Emoji Movie," which was originally scheduled for the August 4 release date, “more summertime play.”

Shockingly, Sony debuted footage from the feature during their presentation at Cinema Con earlier this week and didn't make any indication that the film would be moving -- although they had yet to reveal an official trailer. With this latest shift, the studio reassures that this will be the last release date shuffle for the film. Even more promising? EW has heard word that an official trailer for the film "is imminent."

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The studio has high hopes for "The Dark Tower," with plans for a prequel television series starring Idris Elba, taking content from the fourth book, “Wizard and Glass.” The series is expected to have 10 to 13 episodes, with “The Dark Tower” director Nikolaj Arcel and co-writer Anders Thomas Jensen set to provide some of the scripts for the project.

Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, the ambitious adaptation of King’s sprawling fantasy epic follows 11-year-old Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor), who uncovers clues about another dimension, and is whisked away to Mid-World. There, he meets Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), a lone frontiersman knight on a quest to reach the Dark Tower and save Mid-World. However, an ageless sorcerer (Matthew McConaughey) and assorted monsters stand in his way.

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Now set to arrive August 4, “The Dark Tower” also stars Abbey Lee, Katheryn Winnick, Fran Kranz, Claudia Kim and Jackie Earle Haley.

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