RoboCop release pushed back

Reboot of the 1987 classic actioner wil now be unleashed in Spring 2014

The reboot of 'RoboCop' has been pushed back by Sony Pictures.

It was initially slated for release on August 9, 2013, but will now be released on February 7, 2014, instead.

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Robocop... Joel Kinnaman as Murphy in remake (Copyright: Coming Soon)

Taking its place on the schedule will be 'Elysium', director Neill Blomkamp's sequel to his breakthrough, low-budget sci-fi hit 'District 9', starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley.

'Elysium' itself has been moved back from a March 2013 release.

Fans of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 original 'RoboCop' are doubtless hoping that a later release date for director José Padilha's reboot will allow extra time to get it right.

Pictures emerged recently of the new RoboCop armour, being worn by the film's star Joel Kinnaman, to widespread criticism.

There were also rumours of issues on set between producers and Padilha, while a leaked version of the script was taken to pieces by a US film blogger.

Whatever the content, the reboot now has its final release date.

It stars Kinnaman as reanimated Detroit policeman Alex Murphy, alongside a stellar cast including Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jay Baruchel and 'The Wire's Michael Kenneth Williams.