Star Trek Sequel Gets a New Release Date, 3D Confirmed

After the success of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot in 2009, you’d think that Paramount would be rushing the sequel out the door. And they probably would be, if J.J. Abrams wasn’t such a busy guy. Originally intended as a summer 2012 release, the Star Trek sequel has ended up being delayed by almost a year due to J.J. Abrams’ commitment to this year’s summer blockbuster Super 8. Fortunately, things now seem to be on track with an early 2012 production start planned, and this week Paramount has finally locked down a new release date: May 17, 2013. What’s more, we’ve just learned that the movie will be released in 3D. Yep, it’s boldly going where every other summer blockbuster has gone before.

The pre-Memorial Day release date recently opened up when Sony decided to push back Roland Emmerich’s Singularity to November. Of course, they have since inserted another release of their own for that weekend as well, the YouTube short turned feature Pixels, which will now probably get crushed by Star Trek. Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim will open the week before, with Fast Six following the week after.

As far as the 3D announcement goes, it’s still not entirely clear if the movie will be shot in 3D or post-converted, but Deadline says that Abrams will be “making the movie in 3D”, which would seem to imply the former. As much as people are still getting annoyed by the fact that everything is going 3D, I can definitely see 3D being used to great effect in a Star Trek movie, assuming it’s not just tacked on as an afterthought. What do you think, is this good news? Are you looking forward to Star Trek 2?

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  • Dan Squires

    3-D it’s what’s for dinner.

  • Nelson

    I am looking forward to Star Trek 2, but NOT, the 3d aspect of it. I am hoping that like a few other new releases, this one will be released to the theaters in both 2d and 3d versions, so that the audience can actually choose which version they want to watch. If it isn’t released in 2d at the theater, then I am waiting for the 2d blu-ray version, whenever it comes out.

    More then anything else, I just want a good Star Trek movie with a focus on story and action.

  • MGL

    His nose looks like a penis….

  • trevorgolas

    Could not agree more with everything said by Nelson.

    That is, unless they shoot the entire movie in first person (which they most certainly are not going to do) I would much prefer to see the movie in 2D..
    I am not a character in the movie standing in the same actual room with the other characters. If I were, I would want to be part of the story. 3D only works for first person video games, in my opinion, where you are putting yourself into the characters actual shoes. I don’t want to be literally standing in a room experiencing a scene (the goal of 3d) unless I’m going to have some part of it.

    Why can’t I just experience my movie from afar?… Oh that’s right because I HAVE to experience the movie in 3D REAL-D! BECAUSE IT MAKES THINGS BETTER!… or because they cram it down everyone’s throats, sell sell sell it, and make more money off 3d ticket prices with some hollow appeal that no one seems to give a second thought about.

    Ah but ranting aside, I will take any science fiction I can get my hands on. Very much looking forward to this Star Trek sequel.