RoboCop remake delayed until February 2014

While Elysium takes the August 2013 slot

Sony Pictures has been shuffling its schedules, with the results being that both Elysium and the RoboCop remake will be released later than expected.

It’s RoboCop that gets the biggest shift, being bumped from 9 August 2013 to 7 February 2014, while Elysium vacates its planned 1 March 2013 release date to take up that prime-time August spot.

While no official reason has been given for the switcheroo, it has been theorised that RoboCop's later release date might allow time for the filmmakers to work on the special effects and convert the sci-fi into 3D.

It will mean that RoboCop loses a premium summer slot to debut in February (not exactly high season for blockbusters), which is a surprise given the brand recognition of the character, and the estimated budget of his comeback vehicle.

It's another blow to the project, following Hugh Laurie's departure and director José Padilha reported description of the production process as "hell".

More promisingly, it suggests that Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium (the director’s second feature after District 9) is capable of holding its own in a key month.

Sony has also confirmed that the Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs sequel will open on 27 September 2013.

Are you disappointed that RoboCop is being held back until 2014? Sound off below!


    • thedanieljson

      Oct 16th 2012, 15:54

      Thank goodness, because Robocop would've smashed Elysium at the Box Office despite (and this is purely an estimation) the fact that it'll most likely be a worse film.

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    • Hadouken76

      Oct 16th 2012, 17:36

      I would prefer a stop-motion ED-209 to a CGI one, thanks to Battlesh*t and Pantsformers 2 and 3, every CGI robot looks the same.

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    • FBSDeMorgan

      Oct 16th 2012, 18:05

      The news about Robocop doesn't exactly bode desperately well and the excuse for a delay being laid at the feet of "so we can convert it to 3D, innit" is starting to get old, but I guess no studio in the world is going to say "well, we've had a look at the dailies and frankly my children could make a better go of it with their iPhone." Speaking of which, I half agree with Hadouken; I think that the robots from the Paramount stable of enduring mediocrity (which seems to have spread to the design of the ED-209) are all a little too similar (all 'spikey'). I would have expected a something a little sleeker, a little more apple-y; an iD-209 if you will.

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    • McSerious

      Oct 16th 2012, 19:31

      Who wants to be optimistic (delusional?) and think a lack of mass-market appeal might encourage them to keep the gore in? Dredd apparently pulled it off...

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    • Ali1748

      Oct 16th 2012, 22:18

      I am not shocked given how c**p the suit looked.

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    • ilikescifi

      Oct 17th 2012, 12:05

      agree with @Hadouken76 it took hollywood 20 years to embrace the eastern mecha style and now every robot in every thing looks the same. even the non-humanoid robots in T4 looked like transformers, only much dirtier. Aside from that aspect, im disappointed that new robocop is following the frustrating trend of post-conversion 3d which never looks good to me. they're not composed properly, it's not how the eye sees things in reality, there is little or no spacial continuity and your eyes get tired from constantly refocussing. I love true 3d but I can also see why people really hate it, because of conversions.

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    • jejudo80

      May 10th 2013, 9:58

      True. Even in Real Steel they looked the same.

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