JJ Abrams: Not Considering 3D For Star Trek Sequel + Wont Rush To Meet Release Date

While promoting Super 8 this weekend, JJ Abrams has also been dropping some tidbits about his next project, the Star Trek sequel. The producer (and expected director) says his next Star Trek will not be rushed to meet it release date, and he has also confirmed he will buck the trend and not go 3D. Details below. Abrams also revealed a Star Trek easter egg in Super 8.


Abrams ‘not considering’ Star Trek ’12 in 3D + wont rush for release

At the Super 8 junket held this weekend, JJ Abrams spoke about the Star Trek which he will produce and is epected to direct. Abrams has already confirmed that he will be turning his focus to Trek after Super 8 comes out on June 10th. Here are some excerpts from this weekend’s interviews.

On the Star Trek sequel script status (via Dose.ca)

The writers are hard at work on it, and I am excited about getting back to it. We are taking our time, though, because I really do want make sure we do something that is worthy of the first one.

On Star Trek sequel in 3D (via CinemaBlend):

I’m not yet considering [3D], but you know, I haven’t gotten any phone call from people in suits. I know what’s good for me.

On the June 29, 2012 release date:

I care much more that it be good than it be ready. I’m, obviously doing everything I can to make sure that schedules don’t get screwed up. But I don’t think anyone wants a movie on time that’s not worth your time. We want to make sure it’s done right. The guys I’ve been working with are obviously brilliant so I’m really excited to get back into it.

More on release date (via Collider):

I really don’t know [if Star Trek will make its release date], we will see. We are working really hard to try and get that movie made as soon as possible, but we don’t want to rush anything. The worst thing we could possibly do would be to put something into production to make a release date instead of a great movie.


And a Star Trek-related spoiler for Super 8

There are a couple of [Easter eggs] here and  there. I will say that Leonard Nimoy is in the movie, if you can find him.

More expected

Look for more updates from Abrams over the next few days as more interviews arrive online.


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Good! His head is in the game.

Summer 2013

Yeah please no 3D.. I hate paying 12 bucks to put a sticky nasty mess of someone elses used glasses on my face… What do people do to those things anyways?

December 2012.

“Genius can’t be rushed”

Even, I suppose, when said genius set the deadline for himself in the first place!

Put it up for December 21, 2012!

I heard something about one of the kids in the movie being a Starlog reader. I would guess Nimoy is on the cover of an issue.

@70 Perhaps it’s even the first issue of Starlog that had Kirk and Spock on the cover?

JJ: “The writers are hard at work on it,”

And the proof is on twitter.

First, his words about not rushing the movie indicate to me that we’re talking December 2012, where it goes against the new Twilight, James Bond and Hobbit movie. I hate to say this but May of 2013 looks better for Star Trek. Iron Man 3 seems to be the only big tentpole that month. Sorry, fellow Trekkers. Link below.

Second, I appreciate J.J. Abrams artistic demands. He loves film over digital video. Whether you loved, liked or hated Star Trek 2009, that movie was beautiful looking. But J.J, . expect a call from the suits about 3D as you put it. Take a look at Thor, according to Entertainment Weekly 5-20-11, pg. 57, “Sixty percent of the film’s (Thor) debut came from 3-D showings.” And I resented Thor 3D because it was a conversion and too dark. It was a good movie made worse by 3D; wished I saw it in 2D.

Which is why J.J. should demand if the Paramount suits want 3D, pay the extra to film it in 3D. NO CONVERSIONS FROM 2D. I cetainly see why the suits want 3D. If not released in 3D, Paramount will leave money in the pockets of the filmgoers rather in Paramount’s pockets. But the fans of Star Trek demand quality. That’s why we Trekkers should demand that if Paramount forces the movie to released in 3D that we ask it be filmed in 3D. If it’s good enough for Avatar it’s good enough for Star Trek.

By the way I just saw X-Men: First Class. It was not released in 3D. Excellent film. 3D would not have made it any better. But would 3D make X-Men more profitable? For Star Trek, I say the more money Star Trek makes, the more Star Trek for all of us. Just film the movie in 3D, no conversion.


@10. Just curious BB, why did you fall for it and pay for Thor in 3D? I have a personal rule that I won’t pay for a conversion in 3D, and also I wait for the review of the 3D movie before I pay extra for the 3D version. There is really no reason why anyone should be hoodwinked if they are willing to spend 5-10 minutes of internet research before-hand.

Summer 2013. The “Star Trek” sequel MUST NOT be released during the fall of 2012. Aside from the “Lord Of The Rings” the James Bond flicks, “Avatar” and “Titanic”, the majority of movies that do well during that time frame are Christmas-themed films and dramas with Oscar potential.

Even Summer 2013 looks to be competition-heavy for Trek:

“Fast and The Furious 6”

“Iron Man 3”

“X-MEN 4”

“X-MEN FC 2”

“Pirates Of The Carribbean 5”

“The Hangover 3”

“Thor 2”

another Pixar movie

“Transformers 4”

“Die Hard 5”

“Indiana Jones 5”

And there are going to be others as well, I’m sure. I suppose Paramount can push the Trek sequel to summer of 2014.

Thank goodness for no 3D. Also if the movie will not come out in June 2012, at least we shall have the new video game which is scheduled to come out around that time…

Unless that too is delayed…

Yup. alright. Don’t expect Trek in Summer 2012 now.


“Also if the movie will not come out in June 2012, at least we shall have the new video game which is scheduled to come out around that time…”

Except video games also have a reputation for being pushed back months and even cancelled altogether….

And maybe the Supreme Court should just finish their other projects first THEN work on the Trek sequel. We can wait an extra year or two.

Good to know about the 3D. I don’t mind it per se (Toy Story 3… holy crap), but it seems you have to really plan ahead to the point of insanity to make it work. It limits the amount of spontaneity the director is allowed for his shots, I mean.

@ 11

MJ, I like to review movies and post them on my blog. So, if it comes out in 3D, I’ll pay the extra two bucks (Cinicnnati) to review it in 3D. That way if anybody wants to know if they should see a movie in 3D, they have an opinion. Conversions from 2D generally stink. Though a bad movie like “The Green Hornet” was not a bad conversion but 3D added nothing to it.

I don’t hate all 3D. I was watching “How to Train Your Dragon” on a HDTV in 2D. Looked wonderful. When I saw it at the theater in 3D, it was a great experience. Of course, CGI 3D uses a virtual camera and is not considered a conversion. Avatar and Tron in IMAX was the best way to see those films 3D. Still, a good HDTV in 2D is still great. There’s an ad for Direct TV where a firerman is saving a little kid. On a HDTV, it looks like 3D. So until the holodeck becomes a reality, a true immersive experience is in the future.

I sure hope he stands by that comment, and it’s not in 3-D.

#12. Wherever you got that list from, it’s more a fanboy’s wishlist than actually happening. The only things confirmed for Summer 2013 are Iron Man 3 and Monster University. And there will not be TWO X-Men movies.

The writers are working very hard… and “planking”… we already know that … great! … LOL!

:-) :-)

Glad it won’t be 3-D!!!!! Hate to wait any longer!!!!

“The next thing we’re working on, and hopefully we’ll be able to pass information out sooner or later, is the next Star Trek.” … JJ Abrams at

“sooner or later “?? … wow… Really? … What kind of statement is that? … “sooner” is acceptable… because “later”… when??? … LOL

:-) :-)

It is looking more and more like Summer 2013.

I appreciate that JJ and the SC dont want this movie rushed and wants to put out a great movie, thats his style as you can tell! And to a very certain extent I believe him and them.

But I also think that the teams other extensive projects have at least played SOME roll in a possible delay in the release schedule.

We cant sit back and think “Oh no, if they release it here its gonna go up against ***** and *****”. Cant play it safe, its gotta happen sometime. IMO the latest acceptable to me is late 2013. Anything beyond that and your starting to hit the back to the drawing board phase.


A lot of those movies I mentioned are in the scripting phase. So it’s a good bet we will see most of those I mentioned in the summer of 2013.
FOX is considering releasing TWO “X-Men” movies during the summer. But they’d obviously release them about three or four months apart.

And there is also the sequel to “Amazing Spider-Man” as well. That will probably start filming in 2012.

i like how they do nothing for the first two years and the decide not to rush

Correction, late 2012* NOT 2013

Err, scratch the bit about “Spider-Man”. The sequel WILL not come out in 2013, since 2012 is when “Amazing” comes out, obviously.

I think that Abrams is holding out for me to direct it. I told him that I’ll get to it when I get to it!

Hopefully JJ and Co will be allowed to do Star Trek 2012/2013 in 2D – thanks for listening to a majority of fans.

I’d say at least 95%+ of all past/current 3D movies are not worth it, most are converted and thus look bad. You asko have to pay extra just for being fancy 3D, forced to wear horrendous glaces which result in red eyes after the movie…

It would seem pretty asinine for Fox to release X-Men First Class 2 and then X-Men 4 in the same year. Talk about oversaturation. They’ve just barely resuscitated the franchise as it is, and First Class (while being excellent) did not put butts in the seats, unfortunately. I think it’s yet to be seen whether either of those films is greenlit (I’d put more money on FC2 than X-4).

No 3d? Wise choice. Startrek isn’t ready for it yet.

End credits music for ST.09 playing in my house; I hope JJ comes back to direct for sure, and I hope he brings Michael Giacchino with him.

When are we going to get a teaser trailer?

When are we going to get plot clues?

Gotta love JJ. His outlook and view of movie making is just what I agree with….which is why I love his stuff. THANKS JJ!!!!!!!!!!

@12-RDR – you’re being over-reactionary and highly-insulting: you’re implying that Abrams & Co’s STAR TREK doesn’t have the ability to be competitive, and therefore must be released in some “safe” theatrical period – which really doesn’t exist in the marketplace.

Playing safe in life never got anyone anywhere in life.

If the sequel is good, then butts will fill the seats.

Michael Giaccino, after only one movie, has established himself as one of Trek’s greatest composers, with “Enterprising Young Men” as an instant classic!

I like JJ and his gang a lot. They are very likely to make very entertaining material. I would love this next Trek movie to be filmed in 3D (just in case you people in suits are reading). But I agree with others that a 2D to 3D conversion would probably just suck.


Get over yourself! All I was saying was 2013 is getting crowded already and that the fall/winter seasons aren’t very kind to blockbusters, with the exceptions I have already mentioned. The truth is, “Star Trek” will NEVER acheive the level of financial success that most blockbusters achieve.

Unfortunately, good quality films don’t necessarily draw big crowds. Case in point: “Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World”.

And I hope they keep “Enterprising Young Men” as the theme for the sequel. As great as the TMP theme is, it’s already been used for TMP, TFF and TNG.

@35. Well I do think it is a fake worry that Trek can’t compete against other blockbusters. It needs to be a very good movie, and I can guarantee you (based on past performance of action/genre movies( that 50% of those movies that RDR mentioned will experience nosedives after their first big week, because they won’t be good movies. I am really not that concerned when it is going to be released — any summer or holiday season in the next two years should work. I am betting on Christmas 2012.

If we all don’t think that nuTrek can compete, then we should just cancel the whole series of movies. I, for one, do think that we can compete against the crap comic book movies and other action flicks, and I think a Trek film interest would complement fantasy films like the Hobbit, with both films doing well at the same time.

If the “Star Trek” sequel went head to head against a “Twilight” movie, which one would win? The “Twilight” movie, would, unfortunately. Quality doesn’t necessarily equal quantity.

i’ll wait.
but hey, ya know what? if i don’t see some of uhura’s freaky-ass space-tits this time, then the whole deal is off.
btw, and i am the only one true trek fan, and i speak for everyone here.

oh and some more mccoy stuff. thanks.

What if the movie is in post-production now! JJ likes secrets and wants to surprise the audience! Wouldn’t that be a hoot!

Of course Twilight would win. But is Trek and Twilight were released two weeks apart, I would predict that Trek would make the same money versus if it was released months later than Twilight.


No, I think you’re wrong. I think each of the “Twilight” films has earned at least (probably much more) money as “Star Trek” did. If someone can provide some comparisons between “Star Trek” and each of the “Twilight” films, that would be great.

Trek would most likely make a lot of money on it’s opening weekend, but not as much as a “Twilight” film.

I did not explain myself very well. I meant that whatever money Trek would make (say $400M), it would make that amount whether it was released near Twlight or months apart from Twilight. Twilight is going to get well above $500M again unless they blow it.

They key is to avoid by at least 1.5 weeks the Twilight and Hobbit openings. Based on the calendar, I say release Trek on Wed December 26th, 2012.

@26 “i like how they do nothing for the first two years and the decide not to rush”

My thoughts, exactly.

@48. Well they have been doing Star Wars planking.

@48. Seriously, why in the hell has this taken two damn years to get to this point???