Excited about Neill Blomkamp‘s follow-up to District 9, the high-minded sci-fi actioner Elysium? Well it looks like you’re going to have to wait a little longer as Sony Pictures has pulled the film from its spring release date and pushed it back to a late summer slot. This follows a decision by Sony, and producing partner MGM, to push back the release date of the rebooted RoboCop to a February 2014 release date. Insert ominous music here.
Now, the buzz has been good about Elysium so far, and no one should take its release being pushed back as an indictment of studio expectations or perceptions of the film’s quality. Interestingly, Elysium’s new release date, August 9, 2013, is nearly parallel to the release date of District 9 in 2009, which might have good calendar karma for Blomkamp.
RoboCop meanwhile… Well, what can we say? It could be interpreted as another hit on the embattled Jose Padilha film, which, be honest, we’re all kind of hoping will be an utter and complete fuster cluck. But then again, maybe it’s not that surprising that the film needs more time.RoboCop will now be released on February 7, 2014, just in time for Valentine’s Day.