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'Star Trek' Sequel Will Be In 3D, Opens May 17, 2013

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 23, 2011 6:23 PM
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Now those lens flares are gonna be in your face.

It was as early as this past January when Paramount began asking/hinting J.J. Abrams that they would like the "Star Trek" sequel -- which he hadn't even committed to directing yet -- to be in 3D. At the time, he was very much against the idea saying,"I have nothing against 3-D in theory. But I've also never run to the movies because something's in 3-D. [As for Trek], as soon as I read the script, if it says, 'Somebody pushes a weapon toward the camera in a menacing way,' and we think, 'That'd be better in 3-D!'... I dunno." He also added that this trademark whip pans are very hard to do in the format, and was wary of making a movie where things that look great flying at your face in a movie theater look totally bizarre when viewed in 2D at home. Well, it appears he's come around on that point.

Deadline reports that the untitled "Star Trek" sequel will be in 3D (and we presume the wary Abrams will be shooting in the format instead of going for a post-conversion job), and that the movie will now hit theaters on May 17, 2013 -- the same date Sony just announced for "Pixels" which we presume they'll eventually have to move out of the way. Of course, any and all other details are under wraps but the the cast you know and love will be back, with early talks under way for Benicio Del Toro to play the villain. Also, Michael Giacchino, Abrams' longtime composer for all of his films so far, has confirmed he will be back for this picture as well.

The movie now arrives nearly a full year later than the originally slated June 29, 2012 date the studio was gunning for. But when Abrams signed on this summer, he swore he was not going to be rushed into a pre-set release date, and he won that round. And it looks like the studio won the 3D battle on their end. However, as Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" proves, which is some of the best 3D we've seen to date, the format can be used in a way that is immersive and not simply as pop-out novelty. And Abrams is certainly the kind of guy who will bring a unique perspective and approach, so we're definitely curious to see what he can cook up.

Filming on "Star Trek 2" kicks off in 2012.

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  • Irina | November 24, 2011 3:25 AMReply

    I hope they include Lady Gaga in the sequel as a singer with dark connections to the villains. With her futuristic music and style, she would fit right in.
    I'd like to see Kirk, Spock and McCoy go undercover to a techno concert of hers on a distant planet which is raided by many henchmen who have a thunderous phaser fight with them.

  • N | November 24, 2011 6:39 AM


  • McGavin | November 24, 2011 3:24 AMReply

    • The Orion Syndicate as the villains
    • Larger all-star cast as well as many cameos including by William Shatner
    • More planets
    • Larger space battles with more starships
    • Kirk having better fighting skills
    • Kirk having several human love interests played by Hollywood’s most beautiful young actresses
    • No cut scenes
    • The Star Trek theme music from the Insurrection end credits used at the end

  • Mike | November 24, 2011 1:06 AMReply

    Pssh, U23D beat him to the punch with 3D lens flares all the way back in 2008. ;-)

  • jingmei | November 23, 2011 9:55 PMReply

    People are gonna rewatch a bunch of blockbusters in the near future, then film makers can take a break.

  • CP | November 23, 2011 9:26 PMReply

    This actually makes incredible sense, unlike many of the other 3D ideas.

  • Chris | November 27, 2011 1:52 PM

    Umm, not if you've actually seen 3D.

  • Goggin | November 23, 2011 6:45 PMReply

    The first sentence nailed it.

  • geha714 | November 24, 2011 8:22 AM

    Matter of fact, it should be the tag line of the film.

    "This summer, lens flares are gonna be in your face, in 3D!".

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