Paramount still has a new “Star Trek” movie on its calendar set to premiere June 29, 2012, but it’s starting to look like Paramount is about to knock that back another year, maybe to June 28, 2013.
At Saturday’s Comic Con premiere of “Cowboys and Aliens” in San Diego, screenwriter-producer Roberto Orci told Cinepremiere that the next “Trek” would begin shooting “hopefullyyyyyy” in January.
A January 2012 start would not only make a June 2012 premiere nigh impossible, it would mean Bad Robot would have less than a year to get an effects-heavy spaceship action movie into cinemas by Christmas 2012.
Finishing a Star Trek movie in 11 months seems highly unlikely – but not impossible. I seem to remember that Fox managed to get “X-Men: First Class” – another big sci-fi movie swimming in effects – from greenlight to cinemas in the space of a year.
Still, “First Class” was more an exception than a rule and this is why summer 2013 seems by far the more likely release window.
This means of course that four years will have transpired between Kirk/Spock adventures, but do we want it fast or do we want it good? I’m guessing most fans are happy to give the film more time if it means dodging another shitty “Trek” sequel.
The delay would also mean more waiting for another “Trek” TV series. The general thinking is no new TV Trek (presumably set in the new Bad Robot universe) will be contemplated until the next feature is squared away. The last episode of “Star Trek: Enterprise” aired May 13, 2005.
Find all of Cinepremiere’s story on the matter here.