Big news out of the Paramount camp this morning. With the writer’s strike officially over, the studio has rearranged their release schedule for the next year or two. Among the release dates being shuffled: David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder, and J.J. Abrams Star Trek. Star Trek is by far the biggest change, as the movie will now hit theatres on May 8, 2009 instead of Christmas 2008. I guess my most anticipated movie of 2008 just became my most anticipated movie of 2009.
Although much of the new Star Trek movie has already been shot, it had been mentioned before that they needed some script revisions, which couldn’t be carried out until after the WGA strike was resolved. The big reason for the shift, however, appears to be a marketing one. The thought is that the movie can make a lot more money in May than it can in December. I don’t know if I completely buy this theory, personally. Star Trek movies appeal to families and a wide variety of age groups, and have often done well when released around Christmas. Although the movie’s demographic also has The Day The Earth Stood Still remake to look forward to in December, now Star Trek will be going up against the big boys of summer: movies like Angels & Demons, Night at the Museum 2 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. So what does it all mean? Will this give the world more time to come to terms with a re-envisioning of Star Trek? I guess we’ll just have to wait for Reed Farrington to break it down for us.