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Robocop retreats to 2014 and is replaced by Elysium

Oct. 16, 2012by:

Elysium and RoboCop

Today's news is technically about two movies being pushed back, as opposed to just the one.  ROBOCOP, divisively interesting as it is, has been pulled off its release date of August 9rd, 2013 and given the new date of February 7th, 2014.  This means that ROBOCOP will be facing off against NEED FOR SPEED (which just picked up its lead), a showdown that will no doubt be interesting to watch.  From the sidelines, that is - I don't know if I would want to be a part of either camp come that post-opening-weekend Monday morning.

Meanwhile, Neill Blomkamp's ELYSIUM has been pushed back from its release date of March 3rd, 2013 to fill the newly vacated spot left by ROBOCOP.  No reason is given for either release date switch, though seeing as how we're dealing with two sci-fi tales here that have plenty of effects and marketing needs it actually isn't all that surprising.  Add who knows - perhaps ELYSIUM is turning out so well that the studio wants to give it the opportunity to close out the summer.  It can't be that hard to be better and/or more distinctive than TOTAL RECALL, right? I don't know, I can't remember...

And while we're here, there's one more small shift to be had in response to what seems to be a ripple effect of release date shuffling: CLOUDY 2: REVENGE OF THE LEFTOVERS has been moved away from ROBOCOP's new release date to the new date (over six months earlier) of September 27th, 2013.

So there's all that.  Again, while it's damn difficult to know these things unless you're directly involved, why do you think Sony Pictures is moving ROBOCOP and ELYSIUM around like this?

Alice Braga and Abbie Cornish

Leading ladies Abbie Cornish (ROBOCOP) and Alice Braga (ELYISUM)

Extra Tidbit: Or Sony could just go one step further and combine the two movies - ELYSIUM COP! ROBOSIUM doesn't work nearly as well, and sounds like a newly discovered element anyway.
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8:24AM on 10/16/2012
Oh No. First, G.I. Joe Retaliation release date got moved and now Robocop? Bad sign.
Oh No. First, G.I. Joe Retaliation release date got moved and now Robocop? Bad sign.
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8:56AM on 10/16/2012
Different studio and different reason(s), but agreed. Bumping the movies so far down the line is never an encouraging sign, and especially with ROBOCOP now dropping in February.

Maybe Sony is just giving up on the movie altogether, which (if true) is a shame in its own way after all this trouble.
Different studio and different reason(s), but agreed. Bumping the movies so far down the line is never an encouraging sign, and especially with ROBOCOP now dropping in February.

Maybe Sony is just giving up on the movie altogether, which (if true) is a shame in its own way after all this trouble.
8:55AM on 10/16/2012
They're probably still figuring out how to market Elysium, and since the original release date is in 6 months, this will give them more time. They don't want it to flop like the latest sci-fi flicks, they want the people who saw District 9 in the theater seats and more.
They're probably still figuring out how to market Elysium, and since the original release date is in 6 months, this will give them more time. They don't want it to flop like the latest sci-fi flicks, they want the people who saw District 9 in the theater seats and more.
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9:12AM on 10/16/2012
We all new this Robocop remake was going to suck, this is just the proof.
We all new this Robocop remake was going to suck, this is just the proof.
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9:43AM on 10/16/2012
Alice Braga and Matt Damon! Yes! Just that picture alone makes me so excited for Elysium.
Alice Braga and Matt Damon! Yes! Just that picture alone makes me so excited for Elysium.
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10:20AM on 10/16/2012
Yep, Robocop is shit and with that prime summer spot left empty, decided Elysium should be the one to take it.
Yep, Robocop is shit and with that prime summer spot left empty, decided Elysium should be the one to take it.
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10:23AM on 10/16/2012
Its seems RoboCop is already fearing the competition even before its started, eh? Somebody somewhere is probably banging their head against a brick wall like "Why, why, OH WHY did I sign up for this?"
Its seems RoboCop is already fearing the competition even before its started, eh? Somebody somewhere is probably banging their head against a brick wall like "Why, why, OH WHY did I sign up for this?"
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10:24AM on 10/16/2012
Please let this mean that we'll get a surprise advanced screening of ELYSIUM at Comic-Con!
Please let this mean that we'll get a surprise advanced screening of ELYSIUM at Comic-Con!
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2:11PM on 10/16/2012
I'm way more pissed off that Elysium got postponed
I'm way more pissed off that Elysium got postponed
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