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Star Trek Gala World Premiere To Be In Australia April 7th – Kicks Off World Tour March 19, 2009

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Marketing/Promotion,Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback

In the first week of May, JJ Abrams new Star Trek movie is set to be the first truly global opening for a Trek film, and to push that point, the film is going to get a series of star-studded gala premieres across the globe, with the first on April 7th in Sydney Australia. Paramount has just released the first details on their plans, see below for more information.

 

Star Trek World Tour kicks off in Australia
Paramount Pictures Australia sent out a release on Thursday night (their Friday afternoon) announcing that Paramount will be holding the gala world premiere for Star Trek at the famous Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia on Tuesday April 7th. In attendance will be director JJ Abrams who will be joined by Chris Pine (Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock) along with Australian Eric Bana (Nero) and New Zealander Karl Urban (McCoy).

According to the release, there will be 1,600 invited guests which will include "tastemakers in art, design, entertainment, fashion, media and politics." The April 7th premiere of Star Trek marks only the third occasion that a film has debuted at Sydney Opera House and the first time a film has premiered in the Concert Hall at the acclaimed venue.

In a statement, Mike Selwyn, Managing Director of Paramount Pictures Australia., said:

Not only are we honored to have J.J. Abrams and the cast here in Sydney for the World Premiere of the stunning new Star Trek, we are also very excited to present this event at one of Australia’s—and the world’s—most famous locations, Sydney Opera House.

Star Trek will open to the general public in Australia on Thursday May 7th.


Star Trek’s first stop – the Sydney Opera House

And Sydney is just the beginning of the world tour for Abrams and his new Star Trek. According to the release, there will be additional international gala premieres in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Spain and the UK. The mix of Star Trek stars for each event is likely to vary. Of course there will also be a big gala premiere in Los Angeles, but with this impressive schedule, it is clear that Paramount is determined to turn Star Trek into a much bigger global phenomenon. TrekMovie will report on additional details for the tour as they are made available. We will also do our best to bring reports from each location, starting with Australia.

A global Trek premiere
This Star Trek movie is the first of the franchise to get a global premiere, opening in dozens of countries the same week. The first public premieres begin on May 6th in the few countries that premiere films on Wednesdays (Belgium, France and parts of Switzerland). A number of other countries will open the film on Thursday the 7th, including Germany, Korea, Australia, Argentina and others. Most of the rest of the world (including the USA, Canada, and the UK) get the film on Friday the 8th, with a handful of countries getting openings later in May and June. A full list is available at the official site

What about Vulcan Canada?
In case you missed our earlier update, the town of Vulcan (Alberta, Canada) has not been forgotten. Paramount has contacted TrekMovie to say that even though Vulcan is not going to get its wish to be the site of the gala world premiere, they are still trying to do something for the Vuclans. Paramount and city officials are working out logistics for the small town with the Trek name (and no actual movie theater). TrekMovie will provide an update soon.

Comments

1. DarkHorizon - March 19, 2009

“[T]astemakers in art, design, entertainment, fashion, media and politics.” So, no fans, then? Hopefully the UK one will let us in!

2. Devon Richards - March 19, 2009

Vulcan has no movie theater?

3. McCoy - March 19, 2009

LOL…

Hmmm. So how do American Trek fans feel about this film going to Australia before their local theater. All the little details will be known 4 weeks before American fans get to experience it.

So this film is not only “not for Trek fans” but also not really for Americans? Paramount wouldn’t do this unless they thought this strategy was the best way to bring home the dollars.

4. CaptainLordBat - March 19, 2009

I think this is great! I wish Gene was still around to see this!

5. DaggerScribe - March 19, 2009

So is there any way for lowly fans to squeeze into one of these events??

6. Steven PDX - March 19, 2009

@4 Totally agree.

Look at this amount of activity for Star Trek–and compare it to past movie releases. I haven’t seen Paramount put so much effort (and money) into Trek in a long time. Say what you like about this sea change in Star Trek direction, but you can’t argue with the fact that Paramount is serious about making this a success.

And that bodes very well for Star Trek’s future.

I’m a die-hard fan and I’m thrilled at what is going on!

7. Ensign RedShirt - March 19, 2009

Very, very cool. The studio is clearly doing everything they can to get this to work. Paramount hasn’t paid this much attention to a Trek theatrical release since TMP.

8. Bronzethumb - March 19, 2009

Two hours by train.

I’m getting into the screening. I don’t care if I have to do some MI3-style antics with a latex mask, I’m getting into this screening.

9. Anthony Pascale - March 19, 2009

McCoy
you are seriously headed into troll territory. Stop trying to find new ways to attack and derail every thread.

As for the US, well the get the biggest bang for their buck by holding the gala as close to the date of the release as possible. As for global premieres and going first overseas, that is pretty much how it is done with big movies. same was done for Indy 4 last year and many others. This is just the first time that Trek is getting this treatment. In other words, Trek is finally getting treated like the big boys, to try and twist this as ‘anti-fan’ is absurd.

10. Spot the cat - March 19, 2009

I am finding it hard to believe that Paramount is really really doing all this. If you told me in 2005 after ENT was cancelled that this kind of thing was going to happen in just four years (huge budget movie with the director and stars getting the corporate jet to do a world gala tour starting at the Opera House)….well I would have told you that you should lay off the weed. I hope this pays off. I can’t wait for it to come to my neck of the woods, but i am not expecting my small town to get a gala premiere, but maybe they can send Redshirt #5 or something.

oh and ‘McCoy’
you dont deserve that name…go crawl back under your bridge and stay there

11. SirMartman - March 19, 2009

HOLY CRAP,,,

The gala world premiere of ST : TFB is just a jump hop and a skip from little old NZ !!

Mr Nimoy please send me tickets,,and travel,,and somewhere to stay,,,and maybe a beer,,,and,,,and,,,and,,,

12. Chris J - March 19, 2009

#3- It isn’t a public showing, so no we won’t know the little details other than what the people who attended reveal about the movie; and I am sure Anthony won’t let them go unreported anyway.

And why not in Australia? The world does not revolve around America, and the international audience has as much right to see it as you do. Besides, the US gets hundreds of conventions per year; most of the prize give-aways on this site are for Americans only, and the fact that most Star Trek episodes available to watch online are America-specific as well is another added bonus for you. So give Aus a chance eh?

Besides, having the Star Trek premiere at the Sydney Opera House is fantastic news! Such a high profile display of the confidence Paramount has in this new movie. Its gonna be great!

13. Jordan - March 19, 2009

I hope they do something for Vulcan. I live close.

14. AJ - March 19, 2009

This is the best possible news. High marks for the marketing spend overseas.

And they’re making it fun.

Godspeed.

15. De_Beckett - March 20, 2009

Aw man, I wish us folks down in South Africa would get a gala premiere :(
Star Trek is opening here on 8 May too

16. Kirk Spock McCoy - March 20, 2009

Honestly, I worry about the SPOILERS that will come from these events.

Starting in April, it may be time to take a break from entertainment news genre sites to avoid any spoilage of the new Star Trek film.

But I look forward to catching up after May 8th!

17. Brendan - March 20, 2009

This is just down the road from me. And the chances of my being able to even be a screaming fan boy on the red carpet… Probably very good. Methinks a sick day may be in order ;)

18. Anthony Pascale - March 20, 2009

regarding spoilers for this site, we will report them, but never on the front page. you can opt in our out. Now it may be hard to resist, but you will not be forced to read spoilers.

19. Scott Xavier - March 20, 2009

You think we’ll have a shakey bootlegg from the sydney show, lol.

20. Gen - March 20, 2009

i love how ireland is not even on the list of eu countries. lol

21. MattTheTrekkie - March 20, 2009

Oh wow :D that is pretty dang cool. Sydney Opera House?! awesome :) I really do like the treatment this movie is being given ;) It will be interesting to see how the world takes the whole new Star Trek thing.

22. Bramblett - March 20, 2009

April 7th?

23. The Last Maquis - March 20, 2009

Sydney Australia? that’s kinda Gala, not Premiering here 1st, but what ev’s.

24. SirMartman - March 20, 2009

Im STILL spoiler free,,, I really dont know much about ST:TFB ,,besides what Ive seen on the trailer.

:o)

25. That Nutty Fanboy - March 20, 2009

AUSTRIA?!?!?! WHERE?! Oo
Sorry for the caps, but that is HIGHLY unusual for Hollywood to come to Austria.. oO
Anthony, if you have info on that I’d be grateful.. ;)

26. Mikey boy - March 20, 2009

#3

Aaaah diddums, so Americans don’t het the premiere first, how will you cope?!! Get real, this is a global industry and Paramounts plans show just how seriouslt they are taking this movie.Trek is a GLOBAL phenomenon not just an American one so stop bitching and enjoy the movie when you see it!!

27. Commodore Redshirt - March 20, 2009

I think the Sydney Opera House is the most old-school TREK looking building on Earth!
Great choice!
Wish I could be down there for the show… alas I’ll be in line (standing in the rain I bet) here in Seattle…

28. Adam (did I mention I am from Sydney) - March 20, 2009

I’ve been a devoted Star Trek fan my whole life and I also happen to be Australian. Maybe people should stop and think about the message that Star Trek represents – global unity etc.

I wonder if any of you actually realise how many “Hollywood” movies are actually made in Australia or even outside of the U.S.???

Anyway, I have a friend that works in marketing for Paramount Australia who has been promising me for ages that she can get me 2 tickets to the premiere. If there are any lovely ladies out there who would like to trek down-under and join me I’d be delighted to take you. :)

29. S. John Ross - March 20, 2009

This is the first news that makes me feel that Paramount has genuinely high hopes for the film and a real confidence in it … Moving it to summer was hailed in the party line as some kind emblem of high-confidence, but I never swallowed that one (like many folks, I took it as a sign that the film is simply more “summer blockbuster” in style and substance). This, on the other hand … I can’t find a way to be cynical about Paramount’s motives. This really means Paramount likes it, and that’s cool.

Still doesn’t mean _I_ will like it … but I maintain hopes :)

30. oztrek - March 20, 2009

Struth! The world premiere on our home turf… now that’s what I’m talking about. Fair dinkum, I’m as happy as a wombat in a paddock.

Perhaps we will start calling JJ the Wizard of Oz ;)

(ps for the uninitiated we Australians often refer to Australia as Oz)

31. Quarksbartender - March 20, 2009

Thanks for the update Anthony, its going to be hard to resist all the great spoilers here on the 7th. Hey I heard a rumor Bob Orci was going to have a screening at his place. I’ll bring the Romulan Ale and Klingon Blood Wine (kidding of course). I still do have a couple six packs left if your ever in Vegas.

32. KevinA Melbourne Australia - March 20, 2009

OH MY GOD!

33. me - March 20, 2009

“I wonder if any of you actually realise how many “Hollywood” movies are actually made in Australia or even outside of the U.S.???”

Yeah, Australia really deserves it. I think even Abrams already produced in Australia.

And is there any better place than the Opera House to start with?
No American, no theatre in the whole world could compete with that building as a starting point!

And I don’t think there will be a huuge spoiler danger, since these premiers aren’t for the general audience, but probably for VIPs.

It’s very good to see that the old-school thinking “only the American box office counts” became outdated in times of globalization and huge budgets that only can be earned with a good global box office!!

34. tauntme - March 20, 2009

The Opera House is a really beautiful place for the world premiere.

35. Dyson Sphere - March 20, 2009

Cool, May 7th !!! No gala needed for Greece, here it just wouldn’t work. . . .

36. Konar - March 20, 2009

#28
I’m no lady but I’ll wear a wig.

37. Jonathan Archer - March 20, 2009

FYI , I just contacted Universal Netherlands (distributor of Star Trek in the Netherlands) and they said there was no word yet wether the tour came to the Netherlands as well.

38. Selor - March 20, 2009

Wait… April 7th is right? Didn’t know that World Premieres are held so much earlier than the actuall release Oo

39. The Quickening - March 20, 2009

3

I think Paramount’s direction here is accurate. TREK films do not do well internationally. With a budget of 140 million or there about, this film must do well in that market or you can kiss the franchise goodbye right from the start.

40. trekkie - March 20, 2009

#38
Usually that’s impossible, but Star Trek XI is ready since christmas, so they have the advantage that they can choose any date, because they already have a full film.

41. DIGINON - March 20, 2009

I just entered into a contest to win 2 tickets for the German premiere. That will supposedly be on April 19.
Actually, I wasn’t planning on watching the movie in German because I don’t like the dubbing (all movies are dubbed into German here). But it’s almost 3 weeks before the official start so if I win I may actually go :-)

42. C.S. Lewis - March 20, 2009

“tastemakers in art, design, entertainment, fashion, media and politics.”

No, thank you dearest Paramount Pictures Corp, div. Viacom Corp., ticker symbol (VIA etc),1515 Broadway, New York, NY, and purveyor of moral rot.

Excepting those poor souls that derive their (somewhat pathetic) identity from attempting to live the Star Trek business model as a form of religious devotion, John Q Public will be happy to judge this enterprise on its own merits.

As for those poor souls under the influence of Hollywood, Lord have mercy!

Sincerely,
C.S. Lewis

43. RTC - March 20, 2009

Anthony, any chance you’ll get an invite to Sydney? Or is it closed to the media?

44. Commander K - March 20, 2009

Hopefully my press pass has enough oomph to get me into the UK one.

45. SRDS - March 20, 2009

This all sounds great, but I wish they were doing more with the movie here. So we had a big trailer come out, woohoo. We had a Superbowl spot, woohoo. Since all of that and one tv commercial with Heroes, I haven’t seen a thing lately even hinting of a Star Trek movie. No commercials, no posters, no advertisements, NADDA!

You’d think they’d be marketing this thing pretty heavily if they want a good turnout here, and you’d think they’d be venturing into new areas more popular to youth like music videos and blogs. Nothing so far to date, though.

46. Selor - March 20, 2009

Does anyone know what the hell #42 is talking about?

47. number6 - March 20, 2009

Egads!! This film better be good!!

48. Alf, in pog form - March 20, 2009

And why not have the premier here in Oz? After all, the Opera House does look like fifty percent of the alien foreheads from TNG.

49. USS TRINOMA NCC-0278 - March 20, 2009

WIth today’s technology, we will get a bootleg copy on April 9th! lol. Paramount is in some serious business of elevating Star Trek to become a “mainstream” franchise. Or better yet, they are gambling that this movie will be like ID4. May Star Trek break a billion at the worldwide box office! SO SAY WE ALL!!!

50. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - March 20, 2009

Alright, I’ve answered the poll, where do I go to get me Star Trek logo tattoo and free ticket to Sydney to see the premiere? I mean, as long as I can choose where to put the tattoo and how large it is — I’d just put it on a patch of skin 1″ square on my calf — that would be an awesome deal! I’d love to visit Sydney anyway, and I do so love that Opera house.

51. Italian Guy - March 20, 2009

The Opera House…
http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/8628/sydneyoperahousexa4.jpg

and someone we know:
http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/6535/320x240rr6.jpg

;-)

52. AdamTrek - March 20, 2009

Wow. This is only 2.5 weeks from now. Puts things in perspective. This movie is practically here. Woot!

=A=

53. Selor - March 20, 2009

The Opera House is a secret Bajoran Temple!

54. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - March 20, 2009

Instead of the Star Trek logo, can I get Nero’s forehead tattoo on my upper back instead? It’s a reasonably cool design….

55. Driver - March 20, 2009

…the film is going to get a series of star-studded gala premieres across the globe, with the first on April 7th

May 7th. I believe you mistyped

56. Rhett Coates - March 20, 2009

#45 – Give it time; give it time. Watch the ads explode soon: Paramount seems to be giving us appetizers to start, all leading up to the main course — and the build up is just beginning. ‘Just like The Human Adventure. Patience is a virtue, which I usually have plenty of — and I will agree that this time I’m on “the veritable edge” of great anticipation with this film. Smile, SRDS! We’re all getting another STAR TREK movie in May! All of us — the whole world! And that’s something to write home about. (I’m only curious as to which premier they’ll invite Pres. ‘Trekker Obama to…. That premier would be one to watch.)

Anthony, are you hearing if they’ll have a “Hollywood Red Carpet” showing in Los Angeles a couple of nights before the public release – with cast/crew of various ‘Treks in attendance? Now, THAT showing wil be THE ONE to watch — including on Entertainment Tonight and other similar television and/or internet venues.

And, it’s also nice to hear Paramount is trying to get a showing in Vulcan. Bravo, Paramount — the new you’re trying brought some warmth to my heart about your efforts. (We KNOW you read this awesome website.) That Canadian town, and Riverside, Iowa, are two places many of us are hoping will get [special screenings, of some sort or another] of ST XI.

57. VOODOO - March 20, 2009

Interesting that they are going to let the cat out of the bag so early.

This is a very good sign that they have a lot of faith in the film. Reviews all going to be all over the net seconds after this film screens.

58. beerwriter - March 20, 2009

Arggh!!! I’ll only be in Australia until April 4th. JJ, Bob — if you’d only let me know I’d have delayed my flights. I mean, I’m already connecting in Sydney on the way back from Adelaide….

59. Rico - March 20, 2009

Seems a bit earlier than most overseas premieres and I certainly wish it was in the States instead, but hopefully this will generate some early good press. I’m not too worried about spoilers because even though I try not to know everything, I think by now most of us know the basics of this film. Even reading the prequel comic is doing that for us. Have fun Sydney!

60. Gary Evans - March 20, 2009

Personally, and as a member of Phase II, I am very please that Paramount is making this movie a world-wide premiere. Australia has, at least from our experience, a very active Star Trek fan-base.
Why should any film have to premiere in the US before it is shown elsewhere?
Paramount is obviously marketing this from a viewpoint of including and attracting as many ST fans as possible and in all the nations and cultures where Star Trek is known.
Perhaps this method WILL open new audiences to Star Trek.
Two months from nwo we all will know how this bold new venture in Star Trek is resonating, or NOT, with viewers around the globe.
I have worked with Phase II’s non US fans since October 2006 and I find it both interesting and illuminating.
I applaud and support Paramount’s bravado in taking this approach.
Now, I am as anxious as anyone to see the new movie, but I CAN also wait until May 8 without being jealous of someone who sees it 5 May or 7 April.

61. RenderedToast - March 20, 2009

UK PREMIERE IS APRIL 20TH. Call the Princes Trust on 020 7543 1389 for tickets.

Interestingly, Screen 1 (where tickets were £135) is already sold out, but they’re having a second screen running simultaneously in the same cinema – director and cast will come in and say a few words there too, but tickets are £70 and it’s a smaller screen.

I had the pleasure of attending the last 3 Trek UK premieres courtesy of the Princes Trust, regrettably can’t make this one now that I don’t live in the UK, hopefully someone else can.

62. Clinton - March 20, 2009

So the future now begins a month earlier. Cool!

63. Ensign Ro- (short for Roland) - March 20, 2009

Wow…it will be soooooo hard not to read any spoilers after the Australian premiere.

MUST…RESIST…MUST…RESIST…It is NOT futile.

I really don’t want to spoil MY premiere night experience.

But, it truly is cool that Trek is finally getting the royal treatment it deserves.

64. Dom - March 20, 2009

I wonder if the next Star Trek film will be shot in Australia . . . even Oz and New Zealand! Karl Urban could walk(about) to work! ;)

65. Tarrax - March 20, 2009

46. Selor

Some days he’s the monkey in the corner & on others he’s an insult to his tag name. Hope that helps.

In other news, some of us Aussies are Star Trek fans too. Thank you JJ! :D

66. Jami ! - March 20, 2009

As an Australian ,i’m very excited about this news !!!An excellant starting point to kick off and we welcome ‘Star Trek’ to our shores with open arms !!

67. Dif - March 20, 2009

My first thought?

Why isn’t this taking place in San Francisco?

Seriously. They’ve been all about this “we’re keepin’ it real” sort of attitude…and then Australia? Makes no sense. And to have it that early…yuck.

68. Thorny - March 20, 2009

I still think of Kai Winn’s hat every time I see a picture of the Sydney Opera House.

69. Daoud - March 20, 2009

OF course the premiere needs to be in Australia, to scare them away from joining the United Earth Government until 2150 A.D. ;) We wouldn’t want Dr. Crusher’s hypothetical to be a hypothetical. :) After all, they did us a secret favor in 1999 or so by sending Khan Noonien Singh into orbit aboard the secret Botany Bay…. hee hee. Bawtenny Bay!!! “We must get out of here!”

I envy Oz. With Urban being a nearby Ennzedder, giving Terra Australis and the Antipodes a chance to kick off Star Trek is a great idea. Perhaps Anthony and staff can create an article closer to the Sydney premiere on “Australia in Star Trek”…

70. Lyle - March 20, 2009

As a proud American, may I say that I am thrilled to no end to hear that the new ST is premiering at the Sydney Opera House. It’s a beautiful landmark and it’s a real vote of confidence on Paramount’s part to have it there. Well done!

Now I just need to start bracing myself to try to resist the spoilers that will be all over the internet weeks before I get a chance to see the movie myself… maybe time for an Internet vacation or something…

Also, am I the only one who starts wondering about Hera and Baltar every time I hear the words “Opera House” these days? :P

71. Jeff C - March 20, 2009

Sooo…my question is this: Have they had any pre-screenings of the film yet? Usually there is a small amount of test-screenings of big films like this. Or will the marketing people be looking at the premiere to gauge reactions?

This is a great idea if word of mouth is very positive. If it isn’t, then they are totally screwed, there will be 4 weeks for negative word to build.

Oh, what am I complaining for? This film will be critic-proof for it’s first weekend. This film could be the biggest turd on a stick and it will do huge business simply based on reaction to the last preview/trailer.

Hopefully it won’t be–but you know what I mean.

Marketing is what makes films successful, except for The Dark Knight where people went because Heath Ledger died. But, that is a bad idea–so no ultimate sacrifices anyone to promote the film…okay?

72. Chris Pike - March 20, 2009

Wouldn’t it just be the best ever opening of a Trek film if, at just one of the premiers either Leonard or Zachary or both were to appear in character in make up….just once…!

73. WhatInBlueBlazes?! - March 20, 2009

Naturally, this happens after I’ve moved back to the States. And I lived right up the street!

In any case, I couldn’t be happier about the direction that’s being taken with the new Trek movie — changing its premiere from a chiefly American event to a truly global event is something that I feel Gene Roddenberry would’ve been tremendously proud of .

74. John N - March 20, 2009

Dear god please let no one pirate this film.

And… guess that I’ll have to be sterring clear of the internet and newspapers after April 7th if I don’t want to have the movie spoiled. :(

75. Dennis Bailey - March 20, 2009

What’s all this ST:TFB? Some lame joke that I evidently missed the punch-line to?

76. rumpcuż - March 20, 2009

TFB stands for “The future begins” slogan

77. Bill Lutz - March 20, 2009

..probabaly afraid of the already enflamed anger of a good portion of the Trek fans in the USA….so let’s once again ignore where the biggest fan base is….

78. richpit - March 20, 2009

I’ve got no problem with the first “world premiere” being in Australia. I don’t care where it is, as long as I get to see the movie on May 8th.

Stupid Q: why to they call Australia “Oz”? I’ve heard it my whole life (ish) but never really understood.

79. Closettrekker - March 20, 2009

#3—”So this film is not only “not for Trek fans” but also not really for Americans?”

That might be the dumbest thing you’ve ever posted here.

#42—”purveyor of moral rot. ”

Wow. What do you really think of Paramount?

I think this is fantastic for Star Trek. And yes—Gene Roddenberry would be very proud, as should anyone who has ever been associated with Trek.

Star Trek has come a long way, Baby…

80. falcon - March 20, 2009

How much do you want to bet the “tastemakers” all have to sign an NDA before they enter the premiere? No tidbits leaked out prior to May 9.

81. AJ - March 20, 2009

80:

I am willing to bet that the Australian premiere will be the biggest “word of mouth” event ever for this film. That means no NDA’s.

We can only hope that non-Australian press outlets will be there in force, and that there will be a one-month period of momentum-building which will result in a massively successful worldwide open in May.

These guys are doing it right.

82. Phill - March 20, 2009

Yet they won’t show it in Vulcan Alberta, a town that literally draws its tourist dollars from the fact that Its dedicated to Trek.

Least Mr. Nemoy is trying to right this travesty.

83. EFFeX - March 20, 2009

This is a real let down actually…

So many spoilers on the way.

84. Elise - March 20, 2009

81
True. I just pray that it is good!

85. Closettrekker - March 20, 2009

#82—Where would they show it in Vulcan Alberta with no theater? And more importantly, what would encourage massive media coverage? How would such an influx of press even be accomodated there?

Getting the premiere in Vulcan was a pipe dream at best.

It’s nice that Leonard Nimoy wants to get “something” done as consolation for this little town of 2000 people, but this hardly qualifies as a “travesty”…It was never a realistic goal in the first place.

They never even built it—-yet they still expected them to come?

86. Pat Payne - March 20, 2009

@16 — Yeah, It may be a fulkl month of me not visiting Trekmovie also, because I don;t want too much spoiled for when I see ST at the Arclight…

I’m jealous for the Aussies. Good on yer, mates! (Hoists a Foster’s…) :)

87. KHAN the Weasel - March 20, 2009

@25: Mei, is doch klass!

@everyone else:
April 7th … damn, I’ll have to be VERY careful not to engorge myself on all the spoilers which surely will leak through and will be published on about every movie-related site on the web…

88. Daoud - March 20, 2009

78… “Oztralia”, plus the frequent sightings of winged blue monkeys and wicked witches on roos. ;)

89. Spock's Brain - March 20, 2009

85. Closettrekker – March 20, 2009
“They never even built it—-yet they still expected them to come?”

Well put!

90. Jim Kirk - March 20, 2009

7th May in beloved Croatia. :)

91. John from Cincinnati - March 20, 2009

How can Vulcan have a showing if they don’t even have a bloody movie theater? Did they think of that before they petitioned for having the gala premiere?

92. Chris Pike - March 20, 2009

91 A town Vulcan in name, not Vulcan in logic for sure

93. Dennis Bailey - March 20, 2009

“How can Vulcan have a showing if they don’t even have a bloody movie theater?”

It’s being installed on Tuesday.

94. Closettrekker - March 20, 2009

#93—Yes, Dennis. Who knew that John Herriman was the mayor of Vulcan Alberta?

95. Radioactive Spock - March 20, 2009

28. I’m not gay, Adam, but i can learn…..

96. The Quickening - March 20, 2009

67
Keeping it secret is all good, but you know, sooner or later they are going to have to show the film before the release date for several reasons: the press, pre-screenings, word-of-mouth and marketing.

97. Sam Belil - March 20, 2009

Hey there Anthony — will there be a section in this site where we can send photos of ourselves and loved-ones going to the premiere? I plan on taking my 15 year-old son to “opening night” here in NYC. It can be a fun thing for all of us to that. Additionally — what are your plans for this website after the movie opens?

98. thorsten - March 20, 2009

@97…

cool idea, Sam!

99. Chingatchkook - March 20, 2009

I hope that they do something for Vulcan, Alberta; that’s just a short drive from home for me.

Good for Australia for getting a premiere like this. Seeing something like this at the Sydney Opera House would be fantastic!

100. Ensign Lexington - March 20, 2009

Aww, how could I have missed this post…. I just sent in a tip, before realising there was already a post about it. :/ Boy do I feel silly now…

BUT, YAY AUSTRALIAN PREMIER!!!

101. Will_H - March 20, 2009

Ok, I think it is kinda messed up that all of these other countries get to watch the movie before the US. And this isnt because of who’s a better country or whatever, but we did kind of make Star Trek, so it seems wrong that we’ll be one of the later countries to actually get to see it. Not cool at all.

102. John from Cincinnati - March 20, 2009

93.

“It’s being installed on Tuesday”

Yes! LOL! Good one!

103. sean finnegan - March 20, 2009

maybe this really is star trek reborn?
I expect it to be like the dark knight of Tim burtons batman

104. Sam Belil - March 20, 2009

Hey Thorsten — Good to hear from you!
Thanks — I hope that we can pull that off, it would be fun!
Believe it or not, the closer I get (and you know how cynical I’ve been) — I’m actually getting REALLY excited about the movie!!!! I believe that if it lives up to “half of the hype” — we should then be in for a treat!
BEST REGARDS!

105. thorsten - March 20, 2009

@104…

Hi Sam. I will see it on April 17,
and tell you the truth then…
;))

106. Sam Belil - March 20, 2009

Thorsten — April 17th!!!!! Not fair!!!!
Just kidding, you’re so DAMN LUCKY!!!!!!!
I will be contacting you on April 18th for a full “blow-by-blow”
Question — I have been so busy I have had the time to buy the IDW Countdown Series — do I NEED to read to have a better feel for the movie?
BEST REGARDS!
SB

107. Oxmyx - March 20, 2009

Congratulations Australia!
Czech – 7.5. http://startrekxi.trekkies.cz/
Austria – 8.5.? Poland – 8.5. ?
True is true. Jozin z bazin is better !!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCu2XMTU76s
Thanks JJ !!!

108. Almighty - March 20, 2009

Why not have the premiere in Oz?

There are two Australians and one Kiwi in the cast , plus the vilain is Australian

And i like the fact that it’s only about 3 hours from me LOL

109. AJ - March 20, 2009

thorsten:

I too shall await your spoilerific review.

110. Darfyn - March 20, 2009

I’m a Star-Trek-Series-Man myself , but I think there is a Lot to like for Trekkies about the Movie ! I have followed Abram’s ‘Lost’ and certainly enjoyed the mystery thriller . ‘Heroes’ has a massive following and there is a lot of interest in Zachary Quinto ! And ‘Fringe’ is getting a solid following too ! ‘Alias’ is an exciting thriller and unforgetable with the beautiful Jennifer Garner !

Of the topic on ‘Lost’ , i’m sure we are going to find that the Island is a Government Test Site for Genetic Experimentation for the Military , that has gone very wrong ! Developing a new breed of Human , supposedly brighter and stronger , but differentiated by their ridged foreheads to accomodate their larger brain , they have escaped onto the island ?!

Strangely , the Star Trek Films , I don’t think have ever lived up to trekkie expectations , but certainly generate lots of discussion in the trek groups !
Personally , in the new film , I’m intrigued by the presentation of the Starfleet Academy , so I’ll be absorbing that ! I will be buying the dvd set !
And , I remember when Gene Roddenberry presented the ‘Next Generation’ – a lot of the old trekkies didn’t like that and left ! Some of the very same like to complain here !

So , Best Wishes to the new Production Team , who through Trekmovie , we know have worked very hard to bring a new presentation of Trek ! All the Best to Jeff Abrams , Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman !

And I’m looking forward to seeing the exotic Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura !

111. Odkin - March 20, 2009

Wow, this is a REALLY stupid move.

If the film doesn’t open first in America, WHICH IT SHOULD, then they should avoid other English speaking countries. Otherwise spolier reviews and pirate torrents will be showing up OVER A MONTH before the film opens in America.

112. David - March 20, 2009

Why should it? It’s not a stupid move at all. This way it is going fairly by time zones, all us fans will get to see it on the 8th of May. I’d rather it was this way rather than the USA getting it first and then everyone else having to wait 2 or more weeks like it used to be. That large gap was possibly one of the many contributing factors to the start of movie piracy.

113. Whatevo - March 20, 2009

Bwahahahahahaha I love it! Star Trek over here first. To everyone with a problem with that, suck it up, we never get anything down here. Personally I wish it was in melbourne so I could go see watch everyone arrive at the very least (Eric Bana you should have held out for your native city!). But still happy that we get it first! Oh and I’m a girl, I’d love to go see it!

114. Fansince9 - March 20, 2009

I’m sad to have to miss it here from the US, but it’s great to hear of another girl who is a Star Trek fan. There was a poll done recently that stated there is a big gap between men and women when it comes to appreciation for Star Trek. I didn’t believe those results then, and I don’t believe them now.

115. ClassicTrek - March 20, 2009

no objection from this star trek fan and British citizen that the premiere is in Oz. My concern is however the amount of time before it hits worlwide audiences. theres a big opportunity for pirate copyies doing the rounds.

I strongly urge anyone who might be tempted to resist all. I want to see sequels and we are not going to get them if people are tempted to see poor quality inferior versions. and besides…its against the law. The money needs to roll in for this new film if we want to boldly go where no man has gone before…again.

lets get trek back into the big time.

cheers
Greg
UK

116. Fansince9 - March 20, 2009

#115: Ditto!

Everybody: If you see a pirated copy of the Star Trek movie (or even a portion of it) posted on Youtube in April, report it to Google and to Paramount. Don’t let a few knuckleheads mess up success for Star Trek’s premiere in May!

117. Carlg - March 20, 2009

Congratulations, Australia!

And at the Sydney Opera House, too (AKA the only thing us non-Australians know about Sydney… *is ashamed*). This is already sounding really glamourous.

118. Carlg - March 20, 2009

@116: I third that motion!

Besides, why would you want to watch a big, BIG movie like this as a low-quality “screener”? Movies with spectacle should be watched in as spectacular a fashion as possible.

Already lining up for my IMAX ticket…

119. abcde50 - March 20, 2009

I can’t believe it, Paramount listened to my pleas to lift star treks exposure
Here in australia. Good work paramount!

120. NaradaAlpha - March 20, 2009

ummmm… trolling? i think McCoy simply misread a previous Abrams quote which said that the movie wasnt being made SOLELY for fans…that being said i’m not defending him and to prove that i hereby nominate McCoy to be forcibly rennamed Soran LOL that way everyone can start calling him Kirk-killer LMFAO!!!

121. MC1 Doug (wishing I were Doug from Australia) - March 20, 2009

Cool!

Okay Paramount, it’s time to announce a sweepstakes for two lucky fans(okay, three.. Anthony deserves a spot for wherever a TREK gala occurs) to a free trip to Sydney.

I, of course, would glady volunteer for a free trip anywhere where there are no terrorists, Middle East deserts or bombs.

122. section9 - March 20, 2009

Wow.

Just wow.

This tells me that Paramount has been lowballing this movie all during the fall and winter and the suits believe, after viewing the finished product, that JJ has produced THE summer tentpole film. This thing could become a monster.

If Paramount knows what I think it knows, this film could knock the Lucas Franchise off its perch. Methinks that’s what they are aiming for.

123. trekboi - March 20, 2009

Nice to see Paramount take Star Trek seriously!
wow- will have to be there unfortunately i live in melbourne.
im traveling the next day to see relatives at easter- hmmmm.
maybe i can do it if i fly back to melbourne.

124. Carlg - March 20, 2009

@123: Hey, at least you’re on the same continent! Go for it!

Seriously, though, you think you’ll ever be this close to such a momentous piece of Trek history again? Carpe diem and all that.

125. NaradaAlpha - March 20, 2009

“tastemakers in art, design, entertainment, fashion, media and politics.”–translation: celebrities and the global elite ONLY…and NO PRE-ESTABLISHED FANS ADMITTED…except for Megan Fox and President Obama, of course…

126. nightlfly - March 20, 2009

I remember when First Contact came out in Australia. It was nearly 2 full days before the US got it and wouldn’t you know it. The cinema had a plane full of crazy US trekkies who came all the way here to see it first.

127. Fansuince9 - March 20, 2009

126: Don’t worry, that’s not the norm. A trip to Australia is expenseive, and Trekkies are regular every day people like anybody else. Like everybody else, most people don’t have that kind of money to throw around like that–especially, these days.

128. Devon - March 20, 2009

“Wow, this is a REALLY stupid move.”

Nope.

“If the film doesn’t open first in America, WHICH IT SHOULD,”

Nope.

“then they should avoid other English speaking countries. Otherwise spolier reviews and pirate torrents will be showing up OVER A MONTH before the film opens in America.”

There is a possibility of that with ANY movie no matter when it opens. Don’t get your britches in a bunch.

129. RenderedToast - March 21, 2009

Folks, there isn’t going to be anyone pirating a movie at a World Premiere, OK?

Also, piracy doesn’t affect the sales of a film – if someone wanted to see the film in the cinema, they’ll still go. If they weren’t going to bother but are interested enough to check it out for free, the pirate it. In the past they just wouldn’t have seen it. If anything, piracy can help a film’s box office.

Also, all you blathering Americans shouting about how the premiere HAS to be in the US really need to take a step back from yourselves.

130. Xai - March 21, 2009

Anthony,
April 7 or MAY 7?

Headline…. and pic caption contradict

131. Closettrekker - March 21, 2009

#130—April 7th is the exclusive Gala Premiere.

May 7th is when it is opened in Australia for the general public.

132. Xai - March 21, 2009

ahhhhh

133. Xai - March 21, 2009

129

talk to just those that complained, k?

134. Tarrax - March 22, 2009

133. Xai – I think he was, k?

135. Petey - March 22, 2009

#51 Brilliant.

I am stoked to know that the World Premiere will be in Sydney. It’s definitely a classy move to acknowledge the diverse backgrounds of two of their main cast – Aussie Eric Bana and Kiwi Karl Urban. If we could get Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman among the audience to further secure what a big deal this World Premiere is, there’s no doubt that Star Trek will finally get the mainstream media treatment it has always deserved and seldom gotten.

136. SciFiGeek - March 23, 2009

#61
I phoned the number about the UK premiere tickets and now my wife and I are attending the official premiere!! We got tickets for screen 2 where we have been told that the stars and director will come to say a few words.

Is there anyone else in the UK who will be attending? If so we could go as a group. Also we were told that the dress code is smart. Anyone got any ideas about what we should be wearing? We have to go down the red carpet! OH MY GOD!!! HELP!!!!!

137. Christine - March 23, 2009

Rawwwrrr~ D: Dangit. It’s airing where my online friend Jupty lives. So jealous!

I should see if he’s going. He’s a fellow Trek fan. :D

138. RenderedToast - March 24, 2009

Anyone got any info on the Netherlands premiere yet?

139. Star Trackie - March 24, 2009

#129 “Also, all you blathering Americans shouting about how the premiere HAS to be in the US really need to take a step back from yourselves.”

I have absolutely no problem with it premiering down under..it’s the TIME it’s premering. What I’m “blathering” about is the fact that the people who see it will have a whole month to “blather” about the finer details, spoilers, easter eggs etc about the film and get it picked up by the mainstream press. Headlines like “Shatner is in New Trek Movie” (I wish ! lol) only takes one second to read and totally ruins the in-theater surprise. I may have to unplug computer for a month.

140. Keith, Brighton, England - March 24, 2009

#136 i’m going too! i’ve been to the last few trek premieres in london, don’t worry too much about the dress code. i’ll be wearing a suit, no tie, just don’t go scruffy!

somewhat disappointed that the tickets don’t seem to include the after party, which they have done in the past. if anybody has information on that, would love to know!

141. ripleyaeryn - March 24, 2009

Any date for France?

142. chris - March 25, 2009

I’m not going on a single trek sit (no more google searching) after April 7th. Afraid of spoilers. UGHH! Why can’t people keep their mouths shut (lol).
Hey. Does that mean that there will be ratings and reviews by the 7th of April. I’m checking metacritc.
“What I’m “blathering” about is the fact that the people who see it will have a whole month to “blather” about the finer details, spoilers, easter eggs etc about the film and get it picked up by the mainstream press.”
I agree. I’m spoiler-free so far so I’m not looking at any star trek between April 7 and when I see it.

143. John - March 29, 2009

Just got two tickets to sydney premiere!! yay

144. Robert - April 1, 2009

Anyone know when the premier in LA will be? I’ve been calling Bad Robot and Paramount for months to get in but no luck :(

145. nzborgfan - April 4, 2009

For the showing in New Zealand, it’s also a fundraiser for charity.
http://www.kidscan.org.nz/documents/STARTREKPREMIERE.pdf
I’ve already got my tickets.

146. Paolo J. - April 6, 2009

They cast is just going to fly over our heads when they come to our region? The Star Trek fans here in the Philippines need them too. Share please.

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