Well, this is deflating for fans of big blockbusters. Sony has elected to movie Elysium into August 2013 from its initial opening day in March. The movie from Neill Blomkamp is certainly one of the most anticipated, little known projects out there as it is the director’s follow-up to the well-received District 9. We all want to see what he could do with a budget and a very-bald Matt Damon, but now audiences will have to wait five months longer as the movie will instead release on August 9.
The bigger story in all this (considering the mainstream media is not exactly aware of Elysium) is that Jose Padilha’s RoboCop reboot starring Joel Kinnaman has slid to February 7, 2014. That August date picked up by Elysium used to belong to the Iron Man-like actioner, but Sony obviously feels that the pic could perform better away from other, more bankable blockbuster offerings. It is not exactly a no-confidence move though (that would be January) as the Valentine’s Day period has played pretty well for films these past few years. Safe House would be an okay example as it debuted to a $40 million+ weekend after opening on February 10th earlier in the year.