Uh-oh: Release date of The Dark Tower postponed

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Nov 3, 2016, 2:14 PM EDT

It appears that it will take Roland Deschain a bit longer than expected to approach the Dark Tower.

EW reports that the release of The Dark Tower, the first in a proposed series of films and TV miniseries based on Stephen King's eight-book epic, has been pushed back. Originally set to arrive on Feb. 17, 2017, the movie will now come out on a yet-to-be-determined weekend next summer.

However, what sounds like bad news may actually be a positive development: The decision to postpone the release is apparently due to the studio, Sony Pictures, and the production company, MRC, deciding that post-production on the movie needs more time.

Principal photography on the film, which stars Idris Elba as Roland the last gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, wrapped in late July. It was initially thought that six months would be enough time to complete post-production. But that doesn't seem to be the case, necessitating the move to later in the year. Sources said that this would also give the studio more time for publicity and marketing.

The movie's budget also has something to do with it: The Dark Tower has (for this kind of film) a very modest $60 million price tag, so either the filmmakers need more time to get the work done while keeping to that budget, or the studio and MRC plan to put more money into the film to make sure it looks great.

One insider told EW, "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). Now that there’s more time, they’re not paying rush charges to get the effects where they need to be.”

Rumors started to circulate about a date change when a trailer failed to materialize (although a leaked version popped up briefly) just four months out from the release date and when a footage presentation was recently canceled. Unless there's something drastically wrong with the movie overall that the studio is covering up -- which is always a possibility -- then this change is probably a good thing: no one wants to see a movie based on The Dark Tower that doesn't have the best visuals possible, right?