Though the press release makes no mention of The Hobbit, your trip to Middle Earth in IMAX just got a whole lot more cosmic… Announcing that we will finally be getting a look at JJ Abrams’ Star Trek sequel (beyond spy shots and the three frames we’ve seen), Paramount has released info that around 500 IMAX screens will debut an exclusive 9-minute look at Star Trek Into Darkness, with those first 9 minutes of the film playing in IMAX 3D.
Like Ghost Protocol and the Nolan films that started this whole trend, Star Trek Into Darkness will feature some number of scenes actually filmed with the mighty cameras, so I imagine this preview will showcase some of that work from Abrams and his D.P. Daniel Mindel (Savages, Stark Trek, M:I3).
It’s reasonable to assume that if standard showing of The Hobbit don’t feature a standard trailer for the film that same weekend, then such a trailer could be expected on Jack Reacher a week later (it’s unlikely to show up on the limited Wednesday release of Zero Dark Thirty after all).
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 theatres beginning 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.