"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed." Following the recent confirmation that Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey will star in the first film adaptation of Stephen King's epic The Dark Tower series, Sony has now pushed back the film's release date by several weeks.

According to Box Office Mojo, The Dark Tower will now hit theaters on February 17th, 2017 (President's Day weekend), shifting it slightly from its original January 13th, 2017 planned debut.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, The Dark Tower director Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) revealed that filming on The Dark Tower begins in about seven weeks in South Africa.

Comprised of eight novels and numerous short stories and comic books (and referenced in other books as well), King’s The Dark Tower series began with 1982’s The Gunslinger, which follows Roland of Gilead (aka The Last Gunslinger) as he pursues The Man in Black through the Mid-World, a dying place with similarities to our own realm. However, the first film adaptation of the series will not focus on the plot of The Gunslinger, instead opting to start somewhere in the middle of The Dark Tower story, despite beginning with the opening line from the first novel.

Idris Elba will star as The Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey will play the villainous Man in Black.

Arcel will direct from a screenplay that has been written by himself, Anders Thomas Jensen, Akiva Goldsman, and Jeff Pinkner (the lattermost two penned a previous draft). Producing the project are Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Goldsman’s Weed Road company, and Imagine Entertainment’s Erica Huggins, with Pinkner serving as executive producer.

The Dark Tower adaptation has been previously envisioned as a movie franchise and a TV series, but at this point in time, only one movie is in place with the potential for more to come. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates.

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