According to Deadline Paramount has set a May 17th, 2013 release date for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek sequel. The studio had originally set Roland Emmerich’s Singularity for that date, but decided to movie it back November 2013 and gave Star Trek 2 the pre-Memorial Weekend slot instead.
Much like this year, the summer of 2013 is looking very competitive. Star Trek 2 will open one week after Guillermo del Toro’s epic monster movie Pacific Rim and two weeks after Iron Man 3. Fast and Furious 6 will also open a week after the sequel, so there’ll be tentpoles opening pretty much each weekend.
Deadline mentions that Abrams will be “making the movie in 3D”, which will be the first time the director has shot in the format. Way back in 2009 (pre-Avatar) Abrams was open to the idea, and said shooting the sequel in 3D “could be really fun…what I’ve seen of Avatar makes me want to do it, because it’s so crazy-cool looking.” Although in June this year the director said he wasn’t considering shooting the sequel in 3D, but he had yet to receive “a phone call from people in suits”, so it looks like Paramount have given him a push towards 3D.
In related news, composer Michael Giacchino confirmed to Coming Soon that he’ll be back to write the score, which is great news. His Star Trek score was excellent.
No word on the official title, but we know it won’t simply be Star Trek 2. Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin and John Cho will all return, and shooting will begin early next year.