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?