Paramount Officially Delays Star Trek Sequel – GI Joe Takes 6/29/12 Spot & No New Trek Date Yet

Well Paramount has made official what we all knew was coming. The Star Trek sequel has been officially delayed and will not be released on June 29, 2012. Paramount has now put their second G.I. Joe film into that slot, but they have not yet picked the date for the Star Trek sequel. More info below, plus a poll on when you want the sequel to come out.   


GI Joe 2 takes Star Trek’s summer 2012 spot

Today TrekMovie confirmed that Paramount has shuffled their schedule around and put G.I. Joe 2 (now called G.I. Joe: Retaliation) into the June 29, 2012 slot previously occupied by the (still untitled) Star Trek sequel. The G.I. Joe film was previously slated for August 10th. Paramount also made a small change with Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol (also co-produced by Star Trek’s JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk), moving it from December 16, 2011 to December 21st. This was to avoid a head to head with Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows on the 16th.  

Paramount has yet to pick a new release date for the Star Trek sequel which should start shooting in January 2012. TrekMovie sources indicate that a decision has not been made and that it is in the hands of Paramount. The Star Trek team are ready for either of the choices on the table: holiday 2012 or summer 2013. A decision and announcement on that and on JJ Abrams directing should come in August.

As for why the Star Trek sequel has been delayed, much of this has been covered here at TrekMovie for the last few months but the simplest explanation is that in the end JJ Abrams (and his Bad Robot producing partner Bryan Burk) had too much stuff on their plate at once. In early 2010 when Paramount picked the June 29, 2012 release for the Star Trek sequel they had also tasked Abrams and Burk to produce both Super 8 and Mission Impossible IV (with Abrams also directing Super 8) by 2011. However, by the time the writers (Bob Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof) were ready to finish up the Star Trek script to move the film into pre-production earlier this year, Abrams and Burk could not devote the necessary time to Star Trek. So essentially the Star Trek project was put on a very slow burn for the last six months, but it is now back to the front burner for the entire Star Trek team of Abrams, Burk, Lindelof, Orci, and Kurtzman.   

So when could it be?

As noted there are two choices for the Star Trek sequel release with the holiday season of 2012 or summer of 2013. Looking at those times there are a few weekends without a big tentpole in them. Recently Warner Brothers moved the next Superman film (Man of Steel) from December 2012 to Summer 2013, making the holiday 2012 season a bit less competitive.

 Here is how it is shaping up:

Holiday 2012

  • Nov. 9: Bond 23, Ouija
  • Nov. 16: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part Two)
  • Nov. 21 (Thanksgiving Wed): 47 Ronin, Rise of the Guardians
  • Nov. 30: OPEN
  • Dec. 7: OPEN
  • Dec. 14: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Dec. 21: Hunter Killer, Life of Pi, Lone Ranger
  • Dec. 25 (Xmas): Django Unchained

Summer 2013

  • May 3: Iron Man 3
  • May 10: OPEN (except for comedy Mommy and Me)
  • May 17: Singularity
  • May 24 (Mem. Day wkd): Fast & Furious 6
  • May 31: OPEN
  • June 7: Turbo
  • June 14: Man of Steel
  • June 21: Monsters University
  • Jun28: R.I.P.D.
  • July 3 (4th July wkd): Despicable Me 2
  • July 12: Pacific Rim
  • July 19: Oblivion
  • July 26: Thor 2

POLL: When do you want Star Trek sequel to open?

Of the two choices, which do you prefer. Sooner is great, but summer 2013 would give them more time and potentially be better for box office (although films like Avatar have shown there is plenty of money in the holiday season).




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Summer 13.

Well, I guess I will just have to keep sending monthly contibutions to Phase 2 and other Fan Made Star Trek films.

Oh well…

I knew this would happen.

They should open on 7 Dec 2012. unless I miss my guess, thats around the same date ST TMP opened.

Its a long time to wait and it better be good.

How about Dec. 7, 2012 – 33rd anniversary of ST-TMP?

Just hope it says away from The Hobbit. Same release, week before/after = no good.

#2., don’t forget to send some contributions to They are getting ready to start filming several episodes 30 years before James Kirk. Sounds like a great time line to work with.

#4 Indeed, that was the premiere date. I was 14 years-old and it was so cool to finally Star Trek on the big screen. I was so impatient that I had already spoiled myself by reading the novel adaptation which had hit the bookstores a few days before the release.

#3 Indeed, that was the premiere date. I was 14 years-old and it was so cool to finally Star Trek on the big screen. I was so impatient that I had already spoiled myself by reading the novel adaptation which had hit the bookstores a few days before the release.

sigh, well, at least it sounds like some talk is going on about finally getting this ST2 ball really rolling. and i agree… keep it far away from The Hobbit.

Grab Memorial Day Weekend! I think we can beat Fast & Furious SIX!

well if its taken this long to write the script(and not finish it)i think they should make on a start on the next one maybe we will get it in 2016

Oh please not Summer 13 (that is just so far away!), though I don’t want it up against the Hobbit either…Nov 30 might be all right.

This reminds me of Homer Simpson hanging onto a demolishion ball. Swinging between a pub called “The Hard Place” and… well, you get the idea.

When I visited the Paramount lot last July, it was a ghosttown. There was only one production filming at the time, Glee.

Star Trek is not a priority.

At this rate, the powers that be are going to have to do yet another reboot with yet a new cast, but by then the appeal of what it once was will be lost, and the reboot will occur in a vacuum of public ambivalence. How sad. How shortsighted.

Regardless of the movie’s release date, I hope it’s good and that it makes a profit.

I would set it for release on Thanksgiving Wednesday. ’47 Ronin’ will pose little threat to it, and Paramount can move ‘Rise of the Guardians’ to another day (not that it would be a threat, either, but Paramount will not want to open two competing movies on the same day). Also, the ‘Twilight’ fans will have already seen ‘Breaking Dawn,’ so that would have already lost steam by then.

That said, If Paramount is concerned about ’47 Ronin,’ they should schedule ‘Trek’ for Nov. 30. Scheduling it for Dec. 7 would be a grievous mistake as it will get slaughtered the following week by THE HOBBIT. If that’s not good enough, then Summer 2013 it must be, but that’s pushing things. You want to get the sequel out there when the first is still relatively fresh in peoples’ minds. Two or three years is fine, four years may be pushing it.

I voted holiday 2012. I don’t want to wait any longer, although it would probably better, if the movie will air in the summer 2013. The competition is weaker then.


That would be illegal.

The gap between the ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is 4 years. The gap between ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Untitled Star Trek 2’ will be 4 years.


Huh? Is your attention span THAT short?

Holiday 2012 will be competitive with The Hobbit, Django(tarantino), James Bond and Twilight.

I expect summer 2013.


How are donations illegal?

@ 19

Star Trek is not Batman. Batman is the more popular franchise worldwide. And it helped, that one of the main actors died tragically very young shortly before the movie. That increased the attention to the movie quite a lot.

Summer 2013 would be best. Nemesis jinxed a holiday release in my opinion.

Fast and Furious 6?


I suspect it’ll be Summer 2013. Man, if those Aztec’s are right, I’m gonna be so pissed….

I voted “Holiday 2012″… but if they really will start filming the sequel in January 2012, it will not happen… probably not until 2013! …

:-( :-)

I’m pushing for Dec. 7, three days after my 40th b-day.

Holiday 2012, am a bit Disappointed by this news, but I figure it will still be out in 2012

Aw crap. Well, cant say I didnt see this coming. *sigh*

And yes, I agree, stay away from The Hobbit! Maybe Nov. 30 or maaaybe beside Fast & Furious? I dont know about beside Ironman 3 though. Eeeks.

hmm this doesnt look so good :(

how about on the date the TOS on TV for all these years ago?

I say Nov 30th and let is swim on its own.


that makes it four years from the time Kirk Assumes Command

We only get 1 year of the 5 year mission before we see the new crew in the TMP pajamas

I voted Holiday 2012. I like having Star Trek occur during the winter holidays. The mood felt right.

STAR TREK 12 not 2!

Youknow,I knew this was coming,but I still feel bad about it!! And when I saw the story I said;”Good God!!” Out loud to the screen. (yeah I know,I’m crazy) Anyway,I beg on my knees that it’s Holiday 2012!! I feel like it’s already been a long time. But,ah me! Sad hours seem long!!

2013, no doubt in my mind. Thank you Anthony, for finally admitting they [particularly Abrams] has spread himself too thin- too thin in my opinion to be around for the next Trek in 2017 or later. Paramount should have been eagerly awaiting the 3rd installment for Holiday 2013.
With all of the delays, Abrams had better be directing, be that choice for good or ill. Otherwise, everyone here should be asking ‘why the delay?’.

What ever time Star Trek Comes out they should get started on the 3rd Trek Movie just days after the 2nd one. 3 years + is a long wait between Trek Movies. 2 years is the right amount of time.

Doesn’t feel like a franchise any more. More of a ‘when we can be arsed’. ;(

11 . 30 . 2012

Longer Holiday release this way.

If they wait till Spring or Summer of 2013 then that would be 4 years. So I think writting the script for Trek 3 right after Trek 2 comes out would be the smart thing to do.

At this rate they can re-do ‘The Deadly Years’ without make-up….

I refuse to participate in the poll this time. I wanted it on schedule, actually, a year earlier.
The Batman franchise is a whole ‘nother story as far as franchises go. It was planned as a trilogy and beyond the final installment, nothing is happening. Probably new team, new reboot, new Batman. Trek should be proceeding like clockwork, 2 to 2 1/2 years between films, just like at its peak in the 1980s.
One final dig; if it’s Khan and Khan is a woman, I will not bother seeing it until it hits DVD. That would be just too much. A female villain would be fine, just don’t screw with canon that much….

Where is the Avengers on that list for next summer? So far as I have heard it is coming out before either Iron Man 3 or Thor 2

May 31st 2013 is a lock IMO too much competition on the other dates.Star Trek does better commercially when released in the summer months. Winter always has too many quality movies going for the same family audiences but summer tends to only ever have a few mega budget sci-fi movies…….

I predict the movie will open on November 30, 2012.

(please hold your applause)

If, for example, Iron Man 1 and 2 can be turned around in 2 years, then what kind of non-Trekker loyalty base is going to be hanging around after 3.5 – 4 years?

This is why JJ should not direct…. he is too popular. Let him move on to other creative insterests.

Oh well I guess no new Trek TV Series until 2020. Imagine the CGI that would be available then.

Man, if I was Paramount, I would have bumped Mission: Impossible IV to the summer…nobody, and I mean nobody, cares about GI JOE 2.

Dec. 21, 2012 for Star Trek 2. Enough worrying about other films…good movies find audiences…Harry Potter isn’t currently hurting Captain America’s box office.

Has to be 30 November 2012… A good 2 week run before the little hobbits.