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Rollerball Rolled Back to 2002

MGM has canceled the August 17 release date for Rollerball and pushed it back to a first-quarter 2002 release. MGM's Robert Levin said that the delay was because he wanted to "really do the job right" in marketing the John McTiernan's remake of the classic 1975 Norman Jewison science fiction/action film. Levin, who only took over as marketing and distribution chief a week ago, said, "I think the movie has great potential. I know it's really kind of a last-minute decision to throw at a director, but [McTiernan] agreed to give me an opportunity to do this." 

Levin also denies that production delays are the reason the date change even though when the August 17 date was originally announced, studio executives had warned that the film's postproduction schedule was tight considering the number of special effects involved. Levin insists the August date was doable. "It's not him; it's me," Levin said. 

Levin also denied rumors that the change was spurred by concern about the film's quality even though members of the science fiction community have been worried about comments that the plot aspects concerning corporations having supplanted governments would be eliminated in favor of more action scenes. In the original film, the game Rollerball was a means of controlling and distracting the general public.