Paramount has a Christmas present for the fans with the announcement of a release date for the next Star Trek feature film, which is now set for July 8th, 2016.
Star Trek is back – July 8, 2016
According to Variety, Paramount has fixed the release date for the next Star Trek film to Friday July 8th, 2016. This follows yesterday’s big news that Fast & Furious 6 director Justin Lin has signed on to direct the film.
While Paramount has not sent out an official press release, a studio spokesperson has confirmed the date with TrekMovie.
The release date gives Bad Robot and Paramount a bit more than 18 months to make the film. It appears that even with the change of directors from Roberto Orci (who is still on as a producer) Paramount was determined to get the film out in the summer of the 50th anniversary year of the Trek franchise.
The next Trek will break the new tradition of the last two films which both came out in mid May (2009 and 2013), but then again the original plan for Into Darkness was to release it in the first week of July 2012. Currently the weekend of July 8th, 2016 is open, so Trek may have no major competition for the weekend. Disney’s new live-action Tarzan film opens a week before, while the next Bourne movie and Ice Age 5 open the following weekend.
Let the countdown begin