On Friday we reported the breaking news that the decision had been made to set the release date for the Star Trek sequel to mid-summer 2012, and today it is now being officially confirmed by Paramount. Star Trek is back June 29, 2012. There has also been some activity on the Summer 2012 competition front in the last couple of days, including big news on the Spidey franchise. Details below
Trek to Summer 2012
Today Paramount Pictures is officially confirming news that was reported on Friday by TrekMovie and other sites. TrekMovie has confirmed this with Paramount directly today, and Variety is also reporting that the "untitled Star Trek sequel" is planned for June 29th, 2012.
Scripting on the film has not yet started in earnest, but there is now ample time. This time around Damon Lindelof will be working with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman on the story, before Orci and Kurtzman break off to pen the screenplay. Bob and Alex handed in their script for the first Star Trek in January 2007, with production starting in November 2007 and post-production wrapped up (for the most part) by the end of 2008 (with the film kept on ice for the May 2009 release). Although Zoe Saldana recently commented that pre-production on the sequel would start in late 2010, they could still hit the target with an early 2011 kick-off. There will be less work to do this time around as much of the casting and design work has been completed.
The entire USS Enterprise main cast was originally signed for options on two additional films are expected to come back (Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, and Anton Yelchin). Other Star Trek actors such as Bruce Greenwood (Pike), Ben Cross (Sarek), Jennifer Morrison (Winona Kirk), have expressed interest in returning as well, but their involvement would depend on the script.
The question of who will direct the film remains a question mark. As noted by Variety, although Abrams is on board as a producer, he has yet to ink any deal to direct. Abrams has said in interviews with TrekMovie and others that he is open and would likely be available to direct, but will make the decision once the script is done.
More 2012: Spidey Reboot + Wolverine 2, maybe Batman 3 and more
Paramount is on the early side for staking out a position for Summer 2012, and therefore got dibs on the coveted pre 4th of July weekend. Right now the only other confirmed dates are The Avengers (May 4) and Madagascar 3 (May 25).
Today there has also been a big announcement in the Spider-man world. The Spider-Man 4 film planned for Summer 2011 has been scrapped, with director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire walking away from the franchise. This has prompted Sony to announce a full Spider-man reboot, focusing on the high school years of Peter Parker, to be released in the Summer of 2012. In addition, at last weeks People’s Choice Awards, Hugh Jackman announced that Wolverine 2 will be shooting in 2011, for a presumed Summer 2012. Release.
Other possible Summer 2012 films would be the Batman sequel to The Dark Knight, Iron Man 3 and maybe another Indiana Jones movie. Regardless of what shows up, like every summer, there will be a number of big movies and so it makes sense that Paramount stake out its territory now before all the prime spots get taken.