Once again director JJ Abrams is going global and taking footage on the road to help build buzz for his new movie. JJ will be in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday meeting with the press and showing off the preview of the Star Trek Into Darkness movie which will be shared with the public with IMAX screenings of The Hobbit, starting December 14th. More details on that below, plus Paramount has announced the international release dates for Into Darkness.
JJ Abrams Taking Star Trek Into Darkness On The Road
The Japanese site rengo-tsushin.com is reporting that Star Trek: Into Darkness producer/director JJ Abrams will be appearing in Japan at a "special footage presentation" at an IMAX theater in Tokyo on Tuesday December 4th. The event is just for invited press. Joining JJ will be Star Trek Into Darkness stars Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch along with fellow producer Bryan Burk.
TrekMovie has confirmed that Abrams will be showing the same 9-minute preview of Star Trek Into Darkness that will be seen at IMAX screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey starting on December 14th.
Traveling across the globe to promote his Trek film months before release is actually part of a pattern for Abrams. In late 2008 and early 2009 Abrams and some cast members went on a couple of press tours for Star Trek where he showed off footage to build buzz for the film. The tours eventually visited Japan, Korea, Italy, Germany, London, and Madrid, along with stops in both NYC and Los Angeles. TrekMovie doesn’t have the exact details on JJ’s itinerary for Star Trek Into Darkness, but it is logical to assume Japan is not the only stop for this new press tour.
Like with that last press tour we could expect some reports coming from international press and possibly some press conference images of the attendees (like below).
Abrams with "Star Trek" castmembers Zoe Saldana and Chris Pine at press event in Seoul, S. Korea (February 25, 2009)
Paramount Announces International Release Dates
In addition to the new poster being released today there is a bit of new info on the official Star Trek movie site (StarTrekMovie.com), listing all the international release dates. The official opening for domestic showings (US and Canada) is Friday May 17th. For most territories around the world the film opens the same weekend, although it is traditional in many markets to open films on Thursdays or Wednesdays so some locations (like Norway) get the film on Wednesday May 15th or Thursday May 16th (like Germany). However, there are a few places that will have to wait for the movie with some openings in June or later. The last country to get Star Trek Into Darkness will be Japan, where the movie won’t be opening until September 13.
The full list of international release dates (along with official global FaceBook pages and sites) is available by CLICKING HERE
Thanks to Ateban for Japanese link and translation