Sony Moves 'Elysium' to August 2013 & 'RoboCop' to February 2014
Well this is a rather interesting development. Over on Variety, they have revealed an updated set of release dates for Sony/Columbia Pictures' upcoming 2013/2014 release schedules. They're distributing quite a few major releases for MGM and otherwise, and included among them is the RoboCop remake as well as Neill Blomkamp's upcoming sci-fi Elysium. The studio has shifted the releae dates of both films back quite a bit. Blomkamp's second sci-fi movie Elysium is being moved into the August 9th, 2013 summer spot that RoboCop first had, while José Padilha's RoboCop remake is now being pushed to February 2014. Whoa.
The report mentions that the "studio has pulled its RoboCop reboot from the Aug. 9th slot" and replaced it with Elysium. Which, is honestly, a better spot for it following in the footsteps of District 9, which had a similar release pattern. Other changes from Sony: the sequel Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 will arrive on September 27th, 2013, the weekend that a month ago played well for Hotel Transylvania; the CGI animated movie Pixels has been pulled from its May 2014 date until further notice, citing "more time for development". These are the biggest changes to their schedules. As we also mentioned, that doomed RoboCop remake will now arrive in dumping grounds season February 7th, 2014 next to Need for Speed.
All of these date changes seem like smart decisions from Sony/Columbia Pictures, despite the unfortunate extra delay for a few big sci-fi projects. I'm very excited for Elysium, but the post-production schedule may mean they need more time to finish it plus that August D9 spot is a better fit for this original sci-fi starring Matt Damon. We'll continue to keep you updated on all of these upcoming 2013/2014 releases. Thoughts?