J.J. Abrams Talks ‘Star Trek 2′ IMAX Footage; Trailer Releases This Week

Published 2 years ago by , Updated December 7th, 2012 at 8:06 am,

[Watch the Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer!]

Two months ago J.J. Abrams brought the first ever footage of Star Trek Into Darkness to premiere while appearing as a guest on Conan. That clip was a whopping three frames long.

While we appreciate the humor around the secrecy of Abrams’ work, and the success of the marketing gimmick, it didn’t make up for the lack of information surrounding the Star Trek sequel or that somewhat bitter taste left behind from the announcement that the film will be post-converted into 3D. What will make up for that is the fact that Abrams is shooting some of the film in IMAX, and potentially, what’s coming in the next two weeks.

The Paramount marketing warp engine just recently began to power up, and we now have the official Star Trek 2 synopsis along with a familiar, yet fitting one-sheet. Nine minutes of exclusive footage will play in front of IMAX showings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey beginning December 14th, and before that – according to actor Simon Pegg and TrekMovie – the first official Star Trek Into Darkness trailer will release online this Thursday.

The online trailer is a one-minute teaser of sorts and the full trailer will come attached to The Hobbit. UPDATE: WATCH THE TRAILER BELOW:

Combine that with the new footage Zachary Quinto brought to Conan last night (sorry, it’s not in IMAX), and there’s a lot to be excited about. Abrams himself is excited to show us more, as he told IGN at the Fringe 100th episode party, especially the sequences he shot with IMAX cameras – his first time using the technology.

“You know, I’m excited because we’ve been working on this for awhile, and the idea of getting some of the movie out there to the world is going to be a real thrill for us – and as always you just hope people will like what they see!”

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What was the experience like, using the IMAX cameras with Star Trek after it proved successful for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, for which Abrams produced?

“It was amazing. Part of it was challenging because of the technical aspects of it, the machinery of it. The cameras themselves are a little unwieldy and a little loud and unpredictable. But then you go to dailies and you watch on this massive screen these images that you’ve shot having been filmed on a negative that’s eight times bigger than what you normally use, and you cannot believe how good it looks. So that’s exciting! But unlike Ghost Protocol, a lot of what we shot is integrated into special effects and visual effects in a way that I cannot wait for people to see. I think it really is mind-blowing, how it looks. The IMAX frame, I think, is really the best way to see a movie.”

Stay tuned for more Star Trek news as our very first official look at the film will be beaming in shortly. [Watch the Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer!]

Into Darkness is written by Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci. It stars Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin and Simon Pegg.

Star Trek Into Darkness opens in theaters (regular and IMAX 3D) on May 17th, 2013.

Sources: IGN, TrekMovie

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  1. The fact is I’m almost getting use to all the secrecy. It will sort of be a major spoiler to see a trailer or preview this early to the films release…

  2. Yeah, I’m really torn about this one. On one hand I was waiting 3 years for this and can’t really wait to see what the sequel will be like, but on the other hand I’m quite happy that I know so little about the film and that I could go and see it unspoiled, like in the good old pre-internet days. Should I watch the trailer or shouldn’t I? Can’t make up my mind.

    • @ TheLostWinchester?

      Plan to leave screen rant for 6 months? Because there are going to be people who are going to see, talk, drool, bash, love the trailer. You will be bombarded.

      @ The old Man. I am with you, I tend to like the veil of secrecy that revolves around Star Trek.

      • You have point there. Staying away from Screenrant isn’t really an option. :D

        • @Jeff and Winch – I have exactly the same dilemma, Star Trek was one of my favourite movies of the last few years, I love all the secrecy and not knowing, but with the pre teaser, teaser then trailer I feel it will show too much!

          Prime example, I adore Skyfall but feel that they showed far too much in the trailer for it

          • In the end, the Skyfall trailer really gave away the entire movie, mostly because it wasn’t nearly as deep as it pretended to be, but it still looked great so at least to me it didn’t matter. On the other hand, I think the 2009 Star Trek was one of the best examples of a great trailer that really didn’t spoil anything, so I hope they find that right balance with Trek Into Darkness as well.

            My real question is, will we finally know who the villain is after this week? I wonder if they’ll still try to keep it under wraps as to whom Benedict Cumberbatch is playing right up until the movie comes out? It’d be a herculean feat but it’s possible…

        • :)

  3. cant wait!!

  4. 9 minute Imax clip? is that confirmed or is it still a rumor? Last i hear it was still only a rumor.

    Anyway, i have to see Hobbit on regular screen first (still HFR) so i hope its attached to that, internet is fine to watch trailers, big screen is better. I’ll definately be checking it out again on Imax when i get back to the city in a few weeks

    • Watch the video clip from Conan at tje top of the article. If Zachary Quinto (Spock) visits a late show to plug the 9 minute IMAX preview I’d say it’s pretty official. ;)

  5. So there’s more lens flares?

    • I hope so. I actually liked them.

  6. is it going to be digital imax or the “real” imx experience 70mm camera? to me the difference is a four hour trip, haha

    • It depends on which theatre you see it in. Since they’re shooting with IMAX cameras, it will be a “real” 70mm experience. Though it will probably still be available on the “fake” digital LieMAX screens too.

  7. All this hype about IMAX does nothing !
    Really doesn’t matter if its filmed in IMAX or not,at least for me !
    I see no difference when watching the movie in theaters ,and really do not understand why people get so crazy about it !

    • Exactly! I’d much prefer a decent script & high quality acting than trying to sell something in 3D and a huge screen for films like Trek 2…

    • Are you watching from on a real 70mm IMAX projector (not the new fake IMAX digital projectors)? If you were, then you couldn’t say that you don’t see a difference, because the aspect ratio changes dramatically and you see way more of the picture.

      Here’s a good comparison for you: http://www.filmxtra.co.uk/dark-knight-rises-in-imax-1570-cinema/

    • There is a huge difference with Imax – if you see true film-based Imax projection. There resolution is incredible, and the image is huge. It’s very immersive, and I would agree that it’s the best way to film and watch a movie. I’m so glad that Imax is catching on. It’s so much better than digital capture, and way better than stupid 3D.

  8. Does Conan ever let his guests get a decent word in edgeways? What a rude host – continually interrupting! I’d give him a Vulcan nerve pinch!!!

    • Actually he does, but if he sees the opportunity for a joke somewhere he goes for it. It’s a comedy format after all.

      • Yeah but a joke entails being funny…..

        I see many ‘presenters’ making this mistake these days – talking over the guest, instead of asking a question, and letting the guest answer in full. The odd quip is fine, but not continual interruption.

        Perhaps I’m just getting too old…

  9. Just like some of you said.. IF this will feature full true imax camera, then I am heading back to the city to see the hobbit in true imax theater.. can we confirm?