Yesterday we reported that Paramount shuffled around their 2011 production schedule, but was still sticking to their plan to release the Star Trek sequel in the Summer of 2012. Some have wondered if this release date is realistic, but producer (and possible director) JJ Abrams said today there are no plans to change the date. More below
Abrams: No Plans To Change Star Trek Sequel Release Date – Still Working On Script
JJ Abrams was in Las Vegas this week the CinemaCon exhibitor convention, helping Paramount promote his summer movie Super 8. While there ComingSoon asked the producer/director if he thought the June 29, 2012 release date for the Star Trek sequel was "realistic", Abrams replied:
"We’re working on the story. That’s probably more important than the release date at this point, but at the moment, we’re not going to change anything."
Here is video of Abrams comment:
A quick not on “story” vs. “script”. Before you get too worried, we have already reported here at TrekMovie that Abrams had signed off on the story for the sequel back in the fall of 2010, so in this case Abrams is talking more about the script itself. [UPDATE: Bob Orci notes in the comments below “In our worlds they are interchangeable”].
Countdown: 15 months to go
The Star Trek sequel is set to be released exactly 15 months from today. In that time Abrams will have to finish up post-production for Super 8 (due in theaters in June), and go through script approval/green-light/budget, pre-production, production and post-production on the Star Trek sequel…all on top of his other projects. With this kind of workload, it is understandable why some are wondering about the release date, especially with other big summer (and even some winter) 2012 projects already in pre-production or production.
However, it appears that the Abrams team and Paramount are not worried. TrekMovie sources all indicate that the studio is sticking to its plan, and yesterday’s report in Deadline (and Abrams comment today) all seem to back this up.
That being said, things can always change in Hollywood. We saw that yesterday with Moscow (Paramount’s other Chris Pine movie) and of course with the Abrams’ first Star Trek, which was moved from a Christmas 2008 release to May 2009. So stay tuned to TrekMovie for all the latest.
Producer/director J.J. Abrams attends the opening night gala during CinemaCon 2011 at The Colosseum of Caesars Palace on March 28, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (WireImage)