Sony Pictures said today it is moving its Neill Blomkamp sci-fi thriller Elysium onto the studio’s summer slate next year, giving it a August 9, 2013 wide release date. If that date sounds familiar it is: Jose Padilha’s RoboCop reboot, a co-production with MGM, was slated for that spot. Now, it will move off the summer and to February 7, 2014. That August date is familiar for another reason: Sony released Blomkamp’s first feature District 9 around the same time in 2009, when it grossed $37.4 million on opening weekend en route to a $200M-plus global cume. It has high expectations for his latest film, a TriStar pic that originally was given a March 2013 release date. Elysium stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster in a tale about a future world where two classes of people exist: ones who live on a luxurious space station and ones who live on a ruined, overcrowded Earth. One man (Damon) takes on a mission to bring equality to the worlds.
Sony today also finalized a September 27, 2013 date for its Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs sequel, and took its in-development Pixels off the 2014 slate for now.