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Published On: Thu, Nov 3rd, 2016

‘The Dark Tower’ delayed to summer 2017, ‘Jumanji’ delayed to next Christmas

Sony Pictures has made several changes to its release schedule, moving some films and dating others for the first time.

The Dark Tower is the long-awaited adaptation of the Stephen King fantasy series, moving it from February to July 28, 2017. While no information was given, the studio can now presume to tap into the summer surge at the box office and ensure the creative team has enough time to finalize great special effects.

To make room for the move, Sony bumped Jumanji to Christmas time of 2017: December 22, 2017.

Jumanji Dwayne Johnson as Bravestone concept artDeadline notes Jumanji will faces off in a busy time at the box office: “The pic starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan will now face off on that date against the likes of Universal’s Pitch Perfect 3, TWC-Dimension’s The Six Million Dollar Man and Fox’s The Story Of Ferdinand.”

Other films dated were: the Edgar Wright pic Baby Driver moved from March 17, 2017 to August 11, 2017; Stefan Ruzowitzky’s drama/horror pic Patient Zero will bow in theaters February 17; Keep Watching, the game thriller starring Bella Thorne, will open March 24.

Sony has pushed back Flatliners more than a month from August 18 to September 29, the Denzel Washington led Equalizer 2 moved up from September 29 to September 14. Also, animated pic Emojimovie: Express Yourself, shifted from August 11 to August 4.

Dark Tower is set in a world woven with magic and revolving around the gunslinger Roland Deschain, played by Idris Elba. He squares off against the Man In Black, played by Matthew McConaughey. Nikolaj Arcel is directing.

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