Sony gives summer slot to Blomkamp's sci-fi pic while 'RoboCop' moves to Feb. 7
Sony is revising its summer 2013 calendar: The studio has pulled its “RoboCop” reboot from the Aug. 9 slot and put in Neill Blomkamp’s “District 9″ sci-fi follow-up “Elysium.”“RoboCop,” from MGM-Columbia, now is pegged for a domestic launch on Feb. 7, 2014. The summer launch of “Elysium,” previously slated for March 1, 2013, echoes the Aug. 14 berth that “District 9″ got in 2009. That film wound up cuming a stellar $155 million domestically. “Elysium,” which stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, is set in the year 2159, when the uberwealthy live on a environmentally controlled space station after the destruction of Earth. The film, to be distributed via Sony’s TriStar label, generated positive buzz at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The “RoboCop” remake toplines Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson, and centers on a wounded cop who rejoins the police force as a cyborg. In other scheduling news, Sony Pictures Animation’s “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2″ will bow Sept. 27, 2013. That’s similar to the original “Cloudy” release date, as well as Sony’s recent “Hotel Transylvania,” which has grossed more than $100 million domestically to date. Sony also pulled “Pixels” from the release calendar. Pic, which the studio said needs more time for development, was slated to bow May 23, 2014.