Saturday, 14 January 2017

The Dark Tower and Edgar Wright's Baby Driver will be delayed

Some bad news for those of you awaiting a some of next year's hottest movie titles. News arrives via Entertainment Weekly that films such as The Dark Tower, Edgar Wright's (The World's End) Baby Driver and the Dwayne Johnson-starring Jumanji sequel are all being delayed.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower won't be ready in time following concerns surrounding the heavy effects workload. The film has a lower budget than some of its blockbuster brethren and director Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) and his team have been struggling to finish everything despite wrapping principle photography on time last summer.

The movie, which stars Idris Elba (Prometheus) and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), had been scheduled for February, but will now move back to July. It certainly seems like the smart move to wait to get the look right, as the fantastical visuals will be a big part of selling this one. And the lack of any trailer just a few months away from the release date was not a good sign.

While we can't imagine such effects worries are bothering Edgar Wright, his new film, Baby Driver is also on the move. This shift seems more to be about giving the movie the best release slot, moving it away from Walt Disney Pictures new live action Beauty And The Beast and into a summer slot that could give it extra exposure, even if it is likely to be another crowded marketplace.

Finally, there is Jumanji, with benefits from the on-screen re-teaming of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart (Central Intelligence). That is on the move to 22 December, at least in the US, likely because studio bosses Sony Pictures see the date as a family friendly holiday chance. We will see how it works out.

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