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Abrams: Star Trek Into Darkness in IMAX Is Mind-Blowing December 3, 2012

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Before JJ Abrams jetted off to Tokyo to show the Japanese press some of Star Trek: Into Darkness on IMAX, the producer/director showed up at an event celebrating 100 episodes of Fringe over the weekend. While there Abrams spoke a bit about how the Star Trek Into Darkness footage is "mind-blowing." More details below.   


Abrams: IMAX Trek will be ‘mind-blowing’

J.J. Abrams keeps plenty of secrets, but he’s almost gushing about his love of IMAX, telling IGN using the IMAX format to film Star Trek Into Darkness was “amazing." The Star Trek Into Darkness producer/director goes on to say…

“Unlike (Mission: Impossible IV) Ghost Protocol, a lot of what we shot is integrated into special effects and visual effects in a way that I cannot wait for people to see,” says Abrams. “I think it really is mind-blowing, how it looks.”

Fans will have their first chance to get their minds blown by watching the first nine minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness with IMAX screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey starting on December 14th.

In the full (but short) story, part of a longer interview IGN’s Eric Goldman had with Abrams at the 100th episode/finale party for Fringe, Abrams says he’s excited for audiences to see the nine-minute IMAX sneak-preview debuting with The Hobbit this month.

Read the full piece at IGN.com.



1. Beamer - December 3, 2012

Shame they aren’t showing the preview outside IMAX

2. Webitube - December 3, 2012

Will the preview be shown in from of the HFR 3D IMAX presentation?

3. Aaron (Naysayers gonna nay) - December 3, 2012

I await the blowing of my mind…

4. Mark James Tucker A Man And His Dream - December 3, 2012

IN those pics we see jj talking into a mic, and Bendict walking up with a mic, come on surely the characters name had to be revealed.

5. Basement Blogger - December 4, 2012

Well, I have a different definition of mind blowing or should I say a deeper view of the term. I think “mind blowing” must also be deeply thought provoking, as well as great visuals. 2001: A Space Odyssey had unbelievable visuals but also had one’s mind thinking. (By the way, see it on a HDTV with Blu-Ray.) The recent “The Life of Pi’ is another example of mind blowing being more than just visuals. Ang Lee’s masterpiece will have you think about man, his beliefs in God, and his relationship to nature.

6. Aix - December 4, 2012

It would actually believe him if he didn’t throw around ‘mind-blowing’, ‘genius’ and ‘brilliant’ every single time he is asked about something Trek related or not.

7. dlee - December 4, 2012

5 I fully agree.

8. dlee - December 4, 2012

6 Yes, the hype detracts greatly. JJ is just another Hollywood BS artist.

9. Disgusted - December 4, 2012

Holy … I mean, there’s conceit, and then there’s JJ Abrams.
What kind of sad bastard calls his own film ‘mind blowing’???

We should’ve just gotten M Knight Shammylimlam to direct this movie.

10. dlee - December 4, 2012

9 Again, I fully agree. :-(

11. Devon - December 4, 2012

>>>>>What kind of sad bastard calls his own film ‘mind blowing’???

Read the whole sentence skippy.

>>>>>I think it really is mind-blowing, how it looks.”

He’s talking about how it looks in Imax. He’s praising the Imax format you troll.

Suppose he should go back to Rick Berman’s humble “pleasing” comments, which obviously sold tickets by the masses. Some people here have truly hit rock bottom on their pity parties and complaining.

12. LOFC_Ed - December 4, 2012

Hope they are doing this in the UK (showing the first scenes before the hobit). I would get a tenner ticket just for that!

13. Commodore Redshirt - December 4, 2012

6. Aix – December 4, 2012

“It would actually believe him if he didn’t throw around ‘mind-blowing’, ‘genius’ and ‘brilliant’ every single time he is asked about something Trek related or not.”

Right you are. JJ sure likes himself.

14. Bamasi - December 4, 2012

I think JJ should have stuck with variations of the “very pleased” comment. We all know how well that turns out.

15. Classy M - December 4, 2012

You’ll need to do a google translation of this (unless someone reads Japanese) but it’s a first hand account from someone who attended the event in Japan. http://cumberbatchcollection.tumblr.com/

There isn’t much in the way of hard information about the film, just stuff we’ve already heard. The one thing that is clear is that the Japanese audience was impressed. ‘Applause rose in unison’ after the showing.

Also, it seems the Japanese fans have a nickname for Benedict: ‘Jaunfu’, which evidently means ‘Curl Sherlock’. I bet he’s been called worse things!

16. chrisfawkes.com - December 4, 2012

We won’t get the nine minute preview at Imax in Australia.

I just found out, totally bummed, was so looking forward to it.

I hope some of you lucky ones will at least think of those on the other side of the planet and break the law and film it on your iphones for the rest of us.

Hmm, people complaining about Abrams describing the effects on imax as mindblowing. Some of you guys are total freaks.

17. saavik001 - December 4, 2012

10 days away!!! Awesome. Despite some qualms about the reboot, I am very happy to have a new Trek on the horizon… :)

18. Captain Hackett - December 4, 2012

I can’t wait to have my mind being blown! ;)

19. VulcanFilmCritic - December 4, 2012

I just hope I don’t get motion sick watching it.

20. VulcanFilmCritic - December 4, 2012

I just hope I don’t get motion sick watching it.

21. Max - December 4, 2012

#16 Really? That sucks! I’m in Sydney and the WORLDS BIGGEST Imax cinema is just up the road from me in Darling Harbour. I saw Avatar there in 3D and it totally blew my socks off! I was soooo hoping to see some Trek there (and some Hobbit) in a couple of weeks. Oh well, I’ll just have to wait till May I suppose. :-(

22. John - December 4, 2012

That’s crazy…. Last movie Trek 2009 in Australia we had the world premire here at the Oprah house, how could they not even show the preview here???

23. cleverclogs - December 4, 2012

Sure hope they at least put the normal trailer in front of The Hobbit for Australian release :(

24. Mad Man - December 4, 2012

I just hope the story is as “mind-blowing” as the effects. I like cool action scenes and effects as much as the next guy, but the story and characters and dialogue are more important to me.

Somehow I doubt that this new movie will deliver in that department.

25. Max - December 4, 2012

lol:Oprah house. I’m sure we’ll see the 9 minute and teaser before other movies during the summer (That’s now till end of Feb BTW North hemisphere folks) we may just have to wait a few days longer.

26. ados - December 4, 2012

I believe Mr Orci said that the trailer will be in all movies not just IMAX ones

27. MC1 Doug - December 4, 2012

22: Oprah House?

28. Tom Pearson - December 4, 2012

just hurry up and show us all the trailer !!!!!!!
we’ve waited too long already !!!!

29. Emperor Mike of the Empire - December 4, 2012

One thing is for sure. Next week Trekmovie will explode. I for one can’t wait to set off the bomb. Lol.

30. Spock Jr. - December 4, 2012

I think it would be incredibly frustrating (but of course, fascinating) to watch the first 9 minutes, return to that world again, and then not be able to continue! It must be a separate moment – like Joker or Bane – before the main story! It’ll be how BC goes all one-man weapon…

31. The Sky's The Limit - December 4, 2012

Showing nine minutes of the film in front of The Hobbit will turn out to be a very effective marketing move. TDKR is a good template to follow, and we’ll likely see more teasers and trailers than were released for the first film. I can’t wait to see what I hope to be a kick ass movie in the IMAX format!

32. SoonerDave - December 4, 2012

I think its interesting how we’re finally starting to see a very carefully orchestrated PR campaign emerge for STID. I think we’ve all learned not to trust any supposed “sneak peeks” from Conan now :)

One thing’s for sure – if this turns out *not* to be “mind blowing,” it’d sure put a kink in JJ’s credibility from here forward. I suspect its going to be really good – at least I’m going to remain optimistic going foward. If the film even remotely matches the hype, it’ll be an epic success at the box office.

33. Dr. Image - December 4, 2012

IMAX = Overrated, imo. Bigger is not necessarily better. Give me CONTENT.

34. Dennis Bailey - December 4, 2012

Why do fans posting in comment and “talk back” sections so incessantly demand “deep content” and originality while demonstrating so clearly that they have neither to offer themselves?

It’s really quite funny.

35. Ralph Pinheiro - December 4, 2012

I wonder if we will see preview 9 minutes in Japan? The Pine´s girlfriend said on twitter: Just saw the 9 minute teaser for Star Trek Into Darkness … EPIC. You guys are going to be blown away … incredible special effects

36. chrisfawkes.com - December 4, 2012

I love imax for the right movie. Sometimes bigger is better. Besides if size was not important why go to the movies at all?

I am pretty sure the nine minute trailer is only on the imax. A different trailer will be on with the other movies with completely different cenes to the nine minute one.

I was going to book for the hobbit yesterday in Melbourne but found out they were not going to have the nine minutes of Star Trek so i tried Sydney figuring i could fly up and see it there but no luck.

The reasoning according to their sites is something to do with Sydney and Melbourne using film but the trailer being digital. Apparently they can only squeeze on 165 minutes of film and the hobbit takes up the entire amount.

Not sure if that means that other imax theaters use digital projection, i wasn’t aware of that.

So feeling pretty gutted along with my other fellow Aussie trekkies.

Meanwhile i need to start thinking about dusting off the old Spock ears for May. It’s been so long i may need to check them for mold.

37. chrisfawkes.com - December 4, 2012

@21 Is Sydney Imax really bigger than Melbourne? That’s no good.

38. T'Cal - December 4, 2012

“The Lebanese Cinema Movie Guide is reporting that the Trek trailer will *not* be in front of The Hobbit (regular version), but that trailers for The Wolverine and Man of Steel would instead be shown ahead of that movie.

The site also claims that the trailer for Star Trek into Darkness will appear at an earlier date online.”

Any word if this is true and, if so, when the regular trailer will be released? If so, we’re talking any day now!

39. George Zip - December 4, 2012

It’s been mentioned many times that the 9-minute sneak-peek is only at certain IMAX showings. There’s a list of theaters showing it somewhere online, but I can’t seem to find it again.

Press Release



HOLLYWOOD, CA (November 14, 2012) – Paramount Pictures will release the first 9 minutes from J.J. Abrams’ eagerly-awaited “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” exclusively in IMAX 3D months prior to the film’s official release in May 2013. This first-look at the movie will play in approximately 500 digital IMAX 3D theatres beginning December 14th.

“STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS,” the sequel to Abrams’ 2009 hit film that redefined the Star Trek universe for a new generation, marks the first time exclusive footage has played in IMAX 3D and only the third time a first-look will be released in IMAX.

“Our longtime partners J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and the Bad Robot team have really hit it out of the park – the footage is absolutely incredible,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “Their use of the IMAX® Camera and canvas is sure to impress current and future Star Trek fans alike, and we’re thrilled to once again work with our friends at Paramount Pictures to offer this extended ‘first look’ at this highly anticipated summer blockbuster.”

To further the IMAX experience, “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” used IMAX cameras to capture several sequences. Exclusively in IMAX theaters, sequences filmed with the extremely high-resolution cameras will expand to fill more of the screen with unprecedented crispness and clarity, putting moviegoers right into the explosive action and vast scope of the film.

“STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” is written by Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and directed by J.J. Abrams. Abrams is producing with Bryan Burk through Bad Robot Productions, along with Lindelof, Kurtzman and Orci.

40. George Zip - December 4, 2012

A friend and I were discussing this, and then (jokingly) realized the first 8 minutes will be credits and then there’s going to be an establishing shot of Earth and that will end the 9 minutes.


41. Shannon Nutt - December 4, 2012

I’m guessing the first nine minutes will be some kind of flashback/establishing sequence for the movie’s villian…probably just short of revealing who is is. I wouldn’t be surprised if NONE of the main crew is featured in that nine minutes.

42. Cervantes - December 4, 2012

That’s all well and good, but there’s a far smaller amount of IMAX screens around the world than ‘smaller’ ones, and far less audiences have access to one. I’m still disappointed that J.J. hasn’t filmed this sequel in ‘proper’ 3D, and has lazily plumped for an inferior ‘conversion’ method.

43. Gary S. - December 4, 2012

40. We might see Kirk in those nine minutes.
Remember , he has a score to settle .
We might find out more about that.

44. msn1701 - December 4, 2012

They should show it on ALL the showings of the Hobbit. Some people CANNOT AFFORD IMAX.

Where is the fairness?

-Not pleased with that decision

45. Sunfell - December 4, 2012

H’m… the Japanese article says that Cumberbatch’s character is “a character that is clearly of good and evil “about making [a] role also with humor” and so ruthless…”

No name was given to the character, but apparently Japan has gotten to see that 9-minute preview first. But they don’t get the movie itself until September of next year.

46. Rose (as in Keachick) - December 4, 2012

I thought that what the Lebanese Cinema Movie Guide article had been debunked and that the trailer will precede Hobbit screenings.


47. cd - December 4, 2012


can’t wait.

48. flo - December 4, 2012

so star trek is just looks… sad.

49. Cervantes - December 4, 2012

Off Topic, but I thought this might be worth a mention for those looking forward to further ‘TNG’ blu-ray seasons – although I like to regard it as an ‘alternate timeline’ to ‘TOS’ along with certain other ‘Trek’ spin-offs, I was certainly impressed with the efforts on the blu-ray remastering of it.

But unfortunately, it seems to be turning into an unneccessarily, rushed mixed-bag just like the ‘TOS’ remastering project was. See http://www.darkhorizons.com for the article on why this is.

50. chrisfawkes.com - December 4, 2012

@47 What are you talking about?

51. Legend of Link - December 4, 2012

Yeah I’m trying to find this list of theaters that are showing the 9 minutes. Can’t find it anywhere!! Help!?!?!

52. chrisfawkes.com - December 4, 2012

Ok, there is a digital imax in Sydney, just not the big one at darling harbor.

You would still need to check if the Trek preview is going to be shown.

Details here http://www.hoyts.com.au/Movies/details/Hobbit_An_Unexpected_Journey_The_3D.aspx

53. chrisfawkes.com - December 4, 2012

And here for Melbourne. http://www.hoyts.com.au/cinemas/locations/highpoint_imax.aspx

They also have digital imax in Townsville and Perth.

I had no idea there was more than one in Melbourne or Sydney.

54. Anthony Thompson - December 4, 2012

Bob had told us months ago that it was going to be mind-blowing. Nothing new here. BTW, I hope this will be available in true Imax, not just Imax 3D.

55. rm10019 - December 4, 2012

Shut up and take my money! :) I will be at Lincoln Sq., NYC for the 6pm show on 12/14. Looking forward to it. Someone find a babysitter for my kid!

56. Spock Jr. - December 4, 2012

I heard there’ll be a series of screenings all over the world of the ENTIRE movie around May next year!!!!!! I’m inviting Bob. IMAX, London. I’ll even chip in for a (small) coke.

57. The Sinfonian - December 4, 2012

JJ, purveyor of mind blow jobs. Isn’t that only legal in Nevada?

58. Underhill - December 4, 2012

I personally think JJ should’ve chosen the words “mind-detonating”. Just sayin’

59. sean - December 4, 2012


It’s not laziness on the part of JJ, it’s compromise with the studio who are forcing him to accept a format he doesn’t like. Read all the interviews with him prior to production, he made it clear he doesn’t really like 3D and did not want to shoot the film that way. The studio knows there is $$ in 3D, so they met half way.

60. Trekzilla - December 4, 2012

Hopefully, it won’t just “blow”…lol

61. NCC-73515 - December 4, 2012

The only IMAX 3D theater in Germany shows nothing but documentaries -.-

62. Red Dead Ryan - December 4, 2012

“Size doesn’t matter”.

That’s what folks who don’t get to watch movies on an IMAX screen tend to say.

63. Jay - December 4, 2012

Is there a website listing of theaters that will be showing the 9 min trailer?

I have 3 IMAX theaters near me, but I’ve looked at their websites and there is nothing that says if they are digital or not. Just what movies are currently showing and upcoming movies.

64. Rose (as in Keachick) - December 4, 2012

I was not aware that cinemas advertise which previews and trailers they are showing, only the actual movies.

65. Admiral Ensign - December 4, 2012

@64: They don’t. Movie studios/distributors negotiate/pay for that space/time as advertising, and then promote it themselves. Because certain movies have enough appeal that people will actually come just to see the trailer, the cinemas and studios whose movies these trailers are run actually *want* those certain movies’ trailers run before their own film, and in place of other potential revenue-generating ads.

66. Cervantes - December 4, 2012

@ #51 sean

You’re correct. I should have really said that I was still disappointed that J.J. was not filming this sequel in ‘proper’ 3D because he doesn’t like the process, and so the studio has no option but to go with the inferior ‘conversion’ method instead.

67. Cervantes - December 4, 2012

Oops that should have been @ #59.

68. Jay - December 4, 2012

#64 They don’t, but this is an IMAX film and apparently only Digital IMAX theaters will have the 9 min preview. However, I can’t find anything that says if the IMAX theaters near me are digital or not.

Also, because of the fact that this is only being show in digital IMAX theaters, then I’m sure there is a definitive list of theaters that will get the 9 min preview trailer.

Normally with normal movie theaters, the trailers are sent on a separate reel with the movies and theaters can decide which showings of a particular movie, or studio’s movies, to show which trailers in front of.

I suspect this is not like that, and because of the digital thing, I suspect the 9 min Star Trek trailer is part of the Hobbit distribution, and that the theater doesn’t have the normal descretion to decide if they want to show it or not.

Having said all of that, I am pretty certain that it has already been determined which IMAX theaters are showing this 9 min preview before the Hobbit.

69. al - December 4, 2012

I wouldn’t want to watch the first 9 minutes anyways. I want the entire movie come may. I mean…you start getting into the movie…and suddenly…it fades to black. No thank you.

70. Doug - December 4, 2012

8 and 9 – Yes, it sounds like overhyped trash. I can’t believe the hubris of these Hollywood types. I am voting with my pocket: I won’t be going to the cinema to see it.

71. PEB - December 4, 2012


he said the footage looks midblowing, he didnt say every person who sees the film will be blown away by every detail about the movie. he was obviously talking about the visual direction of the film, the way the shots look in IMAX. how is that not understood by the couple of posts in this thread?

72. Val Jean - December 4, 2012

straight from Imax melbourne:

Unfortunately, the long runtime (165mins) of THE HOBBIT prevents any IMAX 1570 film based theatre from playing the STAR TREK prologue on the front of the movie. The maximum capacity of the IMAX reel units (which hold the film) is 165mins and THE HOBBIT will have the final end credits sped up in IMAX film theatres to enable it to fit onto the platter. Thanks! – HD

73. RTD - December 4, 2012

Well, the one responsible for the movie is hardly going to tell everyone it’s rubbish.

For him to say it’s awesome simply reeks of egomania, however.

I’ll wait and see for myself.

His first trek flick (2009) was a glossy generic fling utilizing all of trek’s trademarked properties, with no substance.

Seeing a movie poster with Neo in the middle and some debris or borg cube wreckage with pictures of buildings taken from London and other modern day designs shoved into the background doesn’t convince me there’s a classic coming in 6 months’ time.

74. RTD - December 4, 2012

@ #70:

I might go during the “cheap hour”, but what I had seen in 2009 wasn’t much more than pretty f/x and a big WMD and some people with emotional problems. The 2013 flick is hyping up… some guy with a WMD and some people with emotional problems.

I’m sure the f/x and visuals will be good. But I prefer substance and good characterization. The cake of storytelling is not about the pictures. Pictures are merely the icing and f/x is the cappuccino. And most Americans seem to be on one massive sugar and caffeine high…

75. Doug - December 4, 2012

RTD +1

76. Mark James Tucker A Man And His Dream - December 4, 2012

Universal Studios Citywalk IMAX, also wont be playing the Trek footage either. And no trailers.
Looks like the only IMAX theatres showing it are the LIEMAX ones

77. NCM - December 4, 2012

@ 20. VulcanFilmCritic – December 4, 2012

“I just hope I don’t get motion sick watching it.”

I’m concerned, too. Desperately trying to recall some OTC drug someone assured me will do the trick and not put me to sleep.

78. A14U - December 4, 2012

NIGHTBEAST 2 would be mind-blowing.

79. Jim Nightshade - December 5, 2012

its close to the hobbits premiere….shouldnt there be a list of what imax theatres are showing the preview….since most theatres these days are digitally equipped in the usa one would expect most imax theatres to also have digital…esp the smaller chain imaxes right?

80. Devon - December 5, 2012

79 – Any Imax 3D viewing is showing it. You should check the Imax website for details.

81. Devon - December 5, 2012

#70 – “8 and 9 – Yes, it sounds like overhyped trash. I can’t believe the hubris of these Hollywood types. I am voting with my pocket: I won’t be going to the cinema to see it.”

It’s obvious that you either A.) Do not know how to read, especially when 8 and 9 were debunked because THEY don’t know how to read. Or… well, just A.

82. Rose (as in Keachick) - December 5, 2012

It is obvious that Abrams is talking about the visuals of the preview. Much of that would have been the work of the guys at ILM doing post-production. He was giving them praise for how the finished product is looking so far. Film making is a collaborative effort. JJ may say what he wants the film to look like, but it is up to the hundreds of technicians behind the scenes to make it a reality and for everyone to be “on the same page”.

Since it is also becoming obvious that much of the film’s story along with major character moments are unlikely to be revealed until opening night, all we have are mostly visuals and special effects, with some voice-over. Talk about pre-judging…ugh!

83. Mel - December 5, 2012

But there is no IMAX where I live!

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