There is more from JJ Abrams about the Star Trek sequel, with the producer talking about a "cool" story as well as discussing decisions on the release date and his directing of the film, saying it will be "worth the wait." Plus another report adds to speculation that Paramount may already be planning for a delay on the Star Trek sequel. Details on all that below, plus analysis on a new possible release date.
Abrams on ‘super cool’ sequel story + (if delayed) will be ‘worth the wait’
Another comment on the Star Trek sequel has emerged from JJ Abrams Super 8 publicity tour, this time coming from HitFix where Abrams talks up the story for the next Star Trek, and again keeps the questions of the release date and his directing open:
We are still working on story. Some super cool stuff — but I won’t be able to make a decision on directing until we have our script and I know what I’m being asked to direct. As for release date, that is not a concern of mine. Perhaps we could still make the date the studio wants. But we are focusing on making a great movie: the guys I’m collaborating with are the best and we all want the same thing
And in speaking to CNN, Abrams noted that if delayed the sequel will be worth the wait:
I’m not so sure, but I know that we’re trying. We’re working on the script and story and doing everything we can to make it well. I would just so much rather make a movie that’s worth people’s time than make a movie that’s on time…I’m not inclined to push it. I’m inclined to make a movie that’s good and if it works out in that timetable then we’ll all be thrilled. If it doesn’t, when the movie comes out it’ll be worth the wait.
JJ Abrams still can’t say if he will direct Star Trek sequel or when it will be released – but does say it has a "super cool" story
GI Joe 2 progress another hint that the Star Trek sequel will be delayed?
Today also has another tea leaf to read regarding the release date of the Star Trek sequel. In an article about casting for Paramount’s G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes, Deadline has a throw-away line that casually implies that a decision may have already been made internally at Paramount that the sequel will be delayed:
"[G.I. Joe 2] has become an important one for Paramount, which will have to scratch the Star Trek sequel from its summer 2012 schedule and will likely put this film in its place." (Emphasis added)
The casual way in which this comment is presented certainly leads one to believe a decision has already been made. But it’s important to note that Paramount Pictures has not confirmed any change in plans for the Star Trek sequel, which is currently set to release on June 29, 2012. However, as TrekMovie.com has been reporting, rumors persist that the film could be delayed, possibly to a Holiday 2012 date.
Analysis: Is Holiday 2012 an option? If not, when?
While a move to a Holiday 2012 release is the prevailing rumor, that period is already crowded and leaves Paramount with few options. Here are the films already scheduled for the Holiday 2012 season:
- Bond 23 (November 9)
- Ouija (November 9)
- The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (November 16)
- 47 Ronin (Wednesday, November 21)
- Rise of the Guardians (Wednesday, November 21) — Paramount DreamWorks
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (December 14)
- Hunter Killer (December 21)
- Life of Pi (December 21)
- Superman: Man of Steel (December TBA)
Another option could be for the Star Trek sequel to swap spots with G.I. Joe 2 which is currently slated for release on August 10, 2012. With Abrams’ Super 8 soon in theaters, the director can turn his focus to Star Trek and do pre-production over the summer and start shooting (as scheduled) in September. In theory Abrams could make the original release date of June 29, 2012, as it is a few weeks less than Abrams had for Super 8. But if it proves not to be, then the extra six weeks could make a difference, and that way Paramount doesn’t lose a Summer 2012 film.
If neither of those options pan out, the next likeliest option would be summer 2013 which at the moment is mostly open. Here are the films currently scheduled:
- Iron Man 3 (May 3, 2012)
- The Dark Tower (May 17, 2012)
- Turbo (June 7)
- Monsters University (June 21)
POLL: When do you think Paramount will release the Star Trek sequel?
We polled on this over a month ago, but now with the latest hints and comments, when do you think the Star Trek sequel will be released.