More indications are emerging that the Star Trek sequel officially slated for June 29, 2012 is not going to make its date. While we await an announcement on how JJ Abrams and Paramount will proceed with their next Trek, there are indications a delay decision has already been made based on activity surrounding other Paramount Summer 2012 movies.
Paramount already at work on their Summer 2012 movies (except Star Trek)
Today Deadline has a report on the latest casting for Paramount’s G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes (Adrianne Palicki has joined as female lead), but they also threw in this little tidbit:
The studio’s casting quickly; they need the film for next summer because the Star Trek sequel won’t be ready and this rebooted film and World War Z are prime candidates to fill summer slots.
As noted on the one-year countdown date, the conventional wisdom now that the Star Trek sequel will be delayed. And the recent report of Zoe Saldana considering taking a job shooting in September was another hint that Star Trek wont be shooting (as planned) in September. This latest activity on GI Joe 2 is just the latest indication that this film officially slated to be released six weeks after the Star Trek sequel is actually farther along in development.
To put things in context, here is a rundown of Paramount’s summer 2012 projects with release dates noted and the latest status.
May 11 – The Dictator [filming]
A comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat). The film started shooting in May and Paramount has even already released a promotional image.
Official promo image from "The Dictator"
June 29 – Untitled Star Trek Sequel [scripting]
The sequel to Paramount’s successful 2009 Star Trek film is still officially in the development stage. Some prep work is being done based on extensive outline, but there is no announced start to pre-production or director (expected to be producer JJ Abrams).
License Magazine Cover (from October 2010) – so far licensing for the sequel only official activity outside of scripting
August 10 – G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes [pre-production/casting]
Sequel (and semi-reboot) to 2009’s G.I. Joe. Script finished and currently casting. Director Jon Chu expected to start filming in August.
Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki, Rapper RZA, and DJ Cotrona – all cast in GI Joe 2 in June
Summer TBA – World War Z [filling/casting]
Zombie movie (adapted from book by Max Brooks) is being produced and stars Brad Pitt. Filming began two weeks ago. Today ET posted video of location shooting in Malta with Pitt battling a horde of zombies. While production has started, the film is also still in the process of casting.
Looking at the above it is entirely plausible that Paramount will be able to shuffle things around and move the Star Trek movie without losing one of their pre-selected release dates for Summer 2012. However for now none of this is official.
Mainstream sharing fan pain
Of course most Star Trek fans are already feeling the pain of not getting a Star Trek sequel out for this summer, and we are even gearing up for another delay. But it isn’t just Trek fans. Today E Online posted their top 5 Biggest Letdowns of Summer 2011, and coming in at #5 was…
5. No Star Trek 2! As much as Super 8 has been loved, and as much as J.J. Abrams no doubt had to get his Steven Spielberg movie out of his head, and onto a screen, the throwback sci-fi movie is a big reason why Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk hasn’t taken a victory lap yet for 2009’s success. Call it the ultimate letdown: Hollywood makes a movie that you want to see sequelized, and then it doesn’t make it.
So it looks like it isn’t just the hardcore that are jonesing for more Star Trek.
POLL: Push for release or wait?
Even with all the above, the Star Trek team contend they could make the Star Trek sequel on time for the June 29, 2012 release date. So should they push it?