Star Trek XI Delayed Until 2009

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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.



  • This is awful news. Torture. The only good thing is that we get 5 more months of Reed Farrington.

  • Greg

    This is good news. Christmas will not be ruined this year. If we’re lucky we could have a few more major delays until the project is shelved.

    Somewhere…Reed needs a hug.

  • Oh well.

  • Reed Farrington

    With the delay, at least Abrams won’t be able to say that he didn’t have enough time to finish the film the way he wanted. Robert Wise gave this excuse for The Motion Picture (TMP). Even the last release of TMP with redone effects and re-editing didn’t improve it much IMO.

    I don’t mind the delay.

    In fact, I wouldn’t mind if the new movie bypassed theatres and became a straight to DVD release. (This would probably be highly amusing to Greg.)

    And I need more than a hug.

  • Greg

    To tell you the truth, the more time they have to work on this, the better it could very well be. I may not be a fan of the show or characters…but hey…a good movie is a good movie.

    Straight to DVD wouldn’t do me any favours. This needs a theatrical release and some great reviews and when it hits DVD in the winter of 2009…could be a good Christmas.

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  • James L.

    J.J. Abrams is the sole reason I would see this movie. I’ve seen three Star Trek movies – Generations, First Contact and Nemesis. Generations was pretty awful. An iconic character like Captain Kirk deserves a much better death scene. First Contact was pretty good, I thought. James Cromwell was good and the Borg are kinda cool. Nemesis – even though I’m not a Star Trek fan – didn’t feel like Star Trek to me. Hopefully the delay will give Abrams the time to do some re-shooting for some scenes, which is something he wanted to do during the writer’s strike, but wasn’t able to.

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  • I’m a big fan of the original series from the ’60s, and am pretty pumped to see what JJ Abrams does with it. I may end up hating it, but I’m glad to see someone out there trying to inject some new life into this series. Simon Pegg as Scotty alone might be the price of admission. Will Nick Frost have a cameo?

  • Wow, I can’t belive it’s almost Christmas! Thanks for the post very Cool and keep them coming!