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Sony said Monday that it will have to push back the release dates of two highly anticipated, effects-heavy films. The studio confirmed that Elysium will be out in August 2013, while its Robocop remake will not be out until 2014.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Elysium was supposed to be out on March 1, 2013. Now, the Matt Damon-starring sci-fi thriller will not be released until Aug. 9, 2013. The film is Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to District 9 and also stars Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley. It centers on a satellite that the rich live on, while planet earth is choked by poverty and pollution.
The studio is hoping that it does as well as District 9, which made $210 million in 2009 and also opened in the summer.
Aug. 9, 2013 was originally supposed to be Robocop’s date, but that film has now been pushed to Feb. 7, 2014, notes The Hollywood Reporter. That film is being directed by Jose Padilha and stars Joel Kinnaman. The film will now get extra time to work on its special effects, although Sony and MGM say that wasn’t the reason why it was pushed back.
Sony also confirmed that Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 will be out on Sept. 27, 2013. Pixels, an animated film from Happy Madison, will also not be out in 2014, but is still in development.