JJ Abrams has already been on the record saying that the sequel to 2009’s Star Trek should arrive in the Summer of 2012, but when? TrekMovie has confirmed with trusted sources that today the team behind the film decided to shoot for mid-Summer, with June 29, 2012 penciled in as the tentative date, setting the movie up for a big 4th of July opening.
June 29, 2012 – Star Trek returns (again)
The decision to set the release of the Star Trek sequel to mid Summer 2012 was made today and TrekMovie learned of it only moments ago. FirstShowing.com’s Alex Billington has also just Tweeted the June 29th date, and today the date has also been set on the Box Office Mojo release schedule.
Originally the hope was that the Star Trek sequel would arrive in the Summer of 2011. In March 2009 Paramount tried to jump the gun by signing on the writers (Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof). However in the ensuing months the Summer of 2011 has become very crowded, and the schedules for the Star Trek team (especially JJ Abrams) has got even more crowded.
The new date increases the chances for JJ Abrams to direct the film. Abrams has stated he hopes to direct another film this year. The earlier the date, the less the of a chance for him to direct.
As for competition, as of now there are no other movies slated for June or July 2012. Friday June 29th gives Star Trek Something Something a great spot to take advantage of the July 4th Holiday in the US, the 4th falls on the following Wednesday.
This is a developing story, so keep your browsers tuned to TrekMovie for more updates on the development and production schedule for the next Star Trek.