Audiences will have to wait a little bit longer to make it to Elysium.
EW has confirmed that Sony Pictures has pushed director Neill Blomkamp’s ambitious science fiction thriller — named after a space station for the ultra-wealthy that orbits a poverty stricken and pollution-choked Earth — from its initial March 1, 2013 release date to Aug. 9, 2013. That is roughly the same weekend that Sony released Blomkamp’s District 9, and suggests the studio is keen on giving the film, which stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and District 9‘s Sharlto Copley, a wider platform (and, perhaps, a second go ’round at San Diego Comic-Con).
The move meant that Sony had to find a new release date for its remake of Robocop, which had been set for the Aug. 9, 2013 date. It will now hit theaters on Feb. 7, 2014 — which also gives the effects-heavy film more time in post-production. Director Jose Padilha just began shooting a few weeks ago with The Killing‘s Joel Kinnaman in the title role of a Detroit cop who becomes a crime-fighting cyborg.
Sony also dated its sequel to its 3-D animated hit Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, slotting it for Sept 27, 2013, close to the same debut date of the 2009 original, and the exact same weekend as Sony Pictures Animation’s current hit, Hotel Transylvania.