In slightly upsetting news given this week’s circumstances, EW has reported that the release of the upcoming film adaptation of “The Dark Tower” has been delayed.
The Dark Tower was originally supposed to release in theaters on February 17, 2017 but according to Sony Pictures it will now open in theaters on July 28, 2017. That date was previously held by Sony’s Jumanji, which will now open on December 22, 2017 instead.
The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum. It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.
The word is that the film isn’t a direct adaptation of the novel series but rather a continuation and sort of remix of the novels, focusing on Roland’s final cycle in his pursuit of the titular location and using elements of all the books. So it should be an interesting ride.
The film features an impressive cast to bring the novel series to life. It stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, The Gunslinger, with Matthew McConaughey appearing as his rival and sworn enemy, Randall Flagg aka The man in black. They are joined by Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers, Abbey Lee as Tirana, and Fran Kranz as Pimli, the right hand man of Randall Flagg, Jackie Earle Haley, Katheryn Winnick, and Claudia Kiim.