Paramount Pictures opened this week’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas with promos and footage from a myriad of their biggest upcoming films. Star Trek Beyond co-writer and co-star Simon Pegg took the stage to present movie franchise helmsman JJ Abrams with the CinemaCon Showman of the Year Award. And then the moment we were all waiting for – a new Star Trek Beyond trailer or maybe a clip from the film – came and went and left the crowd wondering why two of rebooted Trek’s biggest names didn’t deliver.
CinemaCon is known as a place where a ton of new footage, new trailers, and new announcements are made for the latest big budget Hollywood films. Paramount Pictures kicked off the convention Monday night with a two-hour showcase: their opportunity to put this year’s best work on display. And they did so, with new footage and promos from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ben-Hur, Jack Reacher, xXx, Baywatch, and more.
With Star Trek Beyond advertisements presented front and center around the venue plus on stage appearances of JJ Abrams and Simon Pegg, the debut of a new and long awaited trailer for the upcoming Star Trek flick seemed inevitable. Until it wasn’t.
Toward the end of Paramount’s showcase, Simon Pegg took the stage. He was there to honor and present JJ Abrams with the CinemaCon Showman of the Year Award, which JJ was pleased to accept. JJ was introduced with a sizzle real of his work, which allegedly featured, oddly enough, Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage set to music from Star Trek. After a few remarks and a passing comment that Justin Lin is creating the most exciting Star Trek yet, the pair exited the stage and Paramount moved on… to Baywatch.
That’s right, instead of a new Star Trek trailer, we got Baywatch.
Wow, no Star Trek footage… Instead a tease of Baywatch is about to drop #CinemaCon
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) April 12, 2016
No new Star Trek Beyond footage but Baywatch cast has very early sneak peek. Paramount selling it like a Fast and Furious flick. #CinemaCon
— Gregory Ellwood (@TheGregoryE) April 12, 2016
Big surprise from Paramount #cinemacon presentation was no STAR TREK BEYOND footage. They didn't even show the previously released footage
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) April 12, 2016
So strange that JJ Abrams is at #cinemacon2016 but there is no Star Trek Beyond footage?
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) April 12, 2016
Compare that to CinemaCon 2013, where Paramount debuted 18 minutes of footage from Star Trek Into Darkness.
Even more confusing is that it seems the newest trailer for Star Trek Beyond is finished. Simon Pegg told Erik Davis of MoviesDotCom, “it’s awesome,” which is welcome news after Pegg essentially apologized for the first (and only) trailer.
So, when will we get to see this “awesome” trailer? Your guess is as good as ours, but we hear that Baywatch is going to be action packed.