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With the Star Trek sequel still not in official pre-production, some in the media (and some fans) are starting to question if the film will make its June 29, 2012 release date. Today provides another positive tea leaf to read into, in the form of comments by Viacom’s COO during an earnings call. Details below.
Viacom still talking up Star Trek sequel
Yesterday Viacom (parent company to Paramount Pictures) held their second quarter earnings call with investors. On the call were Sumner Redstone (Chairman ), Philippe Dauman (President and CEO) and Thomas Dooley (Chief Operating Officer). Redstone started off the call touting Viacom’s "strong, strong growth on all fronts," and summing things up saying:
Today, Viacom is exactly where it needs to be making some of the most talked about television programming and bringing the most anticipated movies ever screened. The quality of our brands, the creativity of our employees, the expertise of our management are second to none, and I could not be more optimistic about where we are today, more excited about where we will be tomorrow.
Since joining Viacom in 2006, CEO Dauman has made Paramount’s brands and franchises (including Star Trek) a priority focus, and he again mentioned this in the call saying:
We will continue to invest in our future by feeding our development pipeline and by continuing to enhance our brands and franchise properties.
And COO Dooley spoke specifically about Paramount and it’s future including JJ Abrams and Star Trek, telling investors:
At Paramount, we are looking forward to our summer slate with the June 10 release of the J.J. Abrams directed Super 8 and the July 1 release of Transformers 3 in 3D. In addition, we are distributing Marvel’s Thor and Captain America, as well as DreamWorks Animation, Kung Fu Panda 2.
Looking ahead at the studio releases, we are looking forward to sequels to Mission: Impossible, Star Trek, G.I. Joe and Paranormal franchises, as well as Madagascar 3 and Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson’s Adventures of Tintin, a remake of the movie, Footloose, under the MTV Films label and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, which will star Jeremy Renner.
All of Dooley’s "looking ahead" list of films have 2011 or 1st/2nd quarter 2012 release dates, with G.I. Joe 2 being the furthest out at August 10, 2012. It is also worth noting that Dooley did not list the Jack Ryan reboot starring Chris Pine. In last November’s earnings call Dooley mentioned the Ryan reboot along with the Star Trek sequel as franchise films the company was "very excited about." Yesterday we reported that Paramount has ordered a rewrite of the Jack Ryan film, which is now slated to shoot after the Star Trek sequel.
Viacom/Paramount still talking up Star Trek sequel for the next year
POLL: will the make it? (so far more than 4 out of 10 say no)
Yesterday we posted a new poll asking fans when they thought the Star Trek sequel will hit theaters. So far only 56% think that the Abrams team can meet their schedule of shooting this fall and a release by June 29, 2012. Vote and check out the results below.