Paramount’s aim to release Star Trek 2 on June 29, 2012 has become more and more unlikely as the year progressed. J.J Abrams was busy working on Super 8 until June, and writers Damon Lindelof, Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman only had a 70 page outline in May.
Now according to Deadline the team are all free to focus on the sequel, and the current aim is to begin shooting in January. This, of course, means the June release is out of the window, so Paramount has given the G.I Joe sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, that slot.
The site says “Abrams hasn’t formally committed and hasn’t approved a script yet”, but it’s only a matter of time. Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin and John Cho are all expected to return, and we can expect Paramount to set a release date for the fourth quarter of 2012 or summer 2013.