Next summer’s Star Trek movie is going to be big and quite possibly literally big, as in IMAX big. FirstShowing.net is reporting that it looks like the new Star Trek film will be presented in IMAX format. Although the film was not shot with IMAX cameras it can still be converted to the larger IMAX format.
Another Star Trek first
TrekMovie has sought confirmation on this report from Paramount, so far there is no exact confirmation, but it seems very plausible and in fact it would be surprising if the new Star Trek movie were not done in IMAX. It has become commonplace for ‘summer tent pole’ films to get an IMAX version and Paramount is certainly giving Star Trek the ‘tent pole treatment.’ However this would be the first Star Trek film to ever be shown on IMAX.
Firstshowing is reporting that Star Trek would be converted to the 70MM IMAX format. IMAX is a much higher resolution format and the theaters feature screens over 50 feet high and 70 feet wide. There are 320 IMAX theaters in 42 countries, however many of those are solely for educational use (as in museums). More info at IMAX.com.
Star Trek’s previous (almost) IMAX movie
In 1997 it was announced that Paramount was developing "Star Trek IMAX" a 40 minute 3-D movie made specifically for IMAX theaters, with a budget of $10 million. Rick Berman (along with Hans Tobeason) developed a story and it was said to included a cross-over of the Trek casts including Colm Meaney playing Miles O’Brien and David Warner playing Gorkon. However, the project never got out of development. More on "Star Trek IMAX" at Memory Alpha and the Star Trek: IMAX fan page.