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STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS to show first 9 minutes in IMAX this December

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 6:15 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

20121114-174010.jpgWe were expecting to get our first trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness this holiday season. It appears though that Paramount is following the highly successful example of Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise. Paramount announced today that they will be releasing the first nine minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness on 500 IMAX 3D screens on December 14th. The clip will play in front of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. This is similar to what Nolan did with The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, as he screened the prologues for fans exclusively in IMAX theaters before their release.

Abrams filmed a few Star Trek Into Darkness scenes with IMAX cameras, and the format seems a fine fit for the sci-fi adventure pic. No word on when a trailer will be released, but the smart money is on it being before Paramount’s flick Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise which opens on December 21st.

We know very little about the upcoming Star Trek follow-up at the moment, as Abrams has kept nearly everything under lock and key. We do know that Benedict Cumberbatch is the film’s villain (hopefully Khan), and he’s joined by other newcomers Alice Eve and Peter Weller. Star Trek screenwriters Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof are credited with the script for Star Trek Into Darkness, and Michael Giacchino has been confirmed as coming back to pen the score.

Returning cast members include Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, and Simon Pegg. Star Trek Into Darkness opens in 3D on May 17, 2013. Read the press release below:

Official press release;

HOLLYWOOD, CA (November 14, 2012) – Paramount Pictures will release the first 9 minutes from J.J. Abrams’ eagerly-awaited “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” exclusively in IMAX 3D months prior to the film’s official release in May 2013. This first-look at the movie will play in approximately 500 digital IMAX 3D theatresbeginning December 14th.

“STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS,” the sequel to Abrams’ 2009 hit film that redefined the Star Trek universe for a new generation, marks the first time exclusive footage has played in IMAX 3D and only the third time a first-look will be released in IMAX.

“Our longtime partners J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and the Bad Robot team have really hit it out of the park – the footage is absolutely incredible,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “Their use of the IMAX® Camera and canvas is sure to impress current and future Star Trek fans alike, and we’re thrilled to once again work with our friends at Paramount Pictures to offer this extended ‘first look’ at this highly anticipated summer blockbuster.”

To further the IMAX experience, “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” used IMAX cameras to capture several sequences. Exclusively in IMAX theaters, sequences filmed with the extremely high-resolution cameras will expand to fill more of the screen with unprecedented crispness and clarity, putting moviegoers right into the explosive action and vast scope of the film.

“STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” is written by Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and directed by J.J. Abrams. Abrams is producing with Bryan Burk through Bad Robot Productions, along with Lindelof, Kurtzman and Orci.

How exciting! Now we all have a reason to check out The Hobbit in IMAX. Better news, now it’ll be even longer. Better lay off the large soda.

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    • Bring it on, I can't wait! I don't know if the villain will be Kahn, but we can still hope!

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