– by Nick Doll

You win some, you lose some. Kingsman: The Golden Circle‘s release date was recently moved up a week, but now The Dark Tower has been delayed, again, by just one week. The universe is simply balancing itself out.

The Dark Tower stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughy, as Roland the Gunslinger and The Man In Black, respectively. Based on a series of Stephen King novels, Roland is the last of a group of nights from the realm of Mid-World, pursuing The Man In Black, who wields powerful magic and is gathering up psychics to help him destroy the Dark Tower, located at thenexus of all time and space. Woo, science fiction-y! 

Though The Dark Tower just released a poster adorned with the July 28, 2017 release date, Entertainment Weekly now reports the film has been pushed back to August 4th. When Kingsman was moved up a week, it was to avoid competition with Blade Runner 2049. On July 28th, the other slated releases are The Emoji Movie and Atomic Blonde, neither of which would overlap with or overshadow The Dark Tower. So why move a movie release just a single week, especially when it means reprinting posters and other marketing expenses?

The answer to that is not clear, but The Dark Tower has been mired in difficulties and delays for years. Way back when I worked at NBCUniversal in 2011, the plan was a four film series with three television mini-series between each film to cover all the content of the books. The creative team included Ron Howard, his producer Brian Grazer, and writer Akiva Goldsman. Universal scrapped the plan due to the high risk and expense, so Sony picked it up and is now cautiously starting with one film that will hopefully kick-start a franchise, with a new creative team. Even then, this version of The Dark Tower was announced with a February release date before being delayed to July… and now being delayed again.

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SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly