Star Trek Release Date Pushed Back To May 2009!

Published 7 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2013 at 9:36 am,

new star trek logo Star Trek Release Date Pushed Back To May 2009!Wow. This news certainly came out of nowhere… The release date for the new Star Trek movie (aka Star Trek 11) has been pushed back from December 25th, 2008 to May 8, 2009.

This is no doubt fallout from the just ended Hollywood writers’ strike, which lasted long enough to seriously impact the movie and TV industry. There has been no work done on screenplays for almost three months, and that will have a domino effect that will be felt not only this year but through 2009 as well.

At the moment, the 2009 movie release schedule is looking pretty thin, and part of Paramount’s rationale is that Star Trek might be able to make a lot more money if it opens during the hot (no pun) summer movie season than during the Christmas holiday.

No doubt we’ll be seeing more release date shifting over the coming weeks.

This may also end up helping the quality of the film, depending on how much has already been shot, because now script changes can be made during filming. Due to the strike, up until now due to the rules of the system even if director J.J. Abrams came up with an idea to change a scene, he couldn’t use it since the script couldn’t be changed.

On the other hand, I’m bummed about this because now we’ll have to wait an extra five months before seeing the movie, and I anticipating it quite a bit.

Star Trek now opens on May 8, 2009.

Source: Variety via

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  1. Aawwwwwwwwww,man!


  2. I’m with ya, bud. I’m being optimistic and thinking that this will just make for a better film in the end.


  3. Thanks,man and same here. :-(

    ….after the awesome teaser and everything! =(

  4. Vic,

    I had a feeling JJ would do some re-writes, and you’ve often voiced how worried you were about onset re-writes. If it’ll be better, bump it to May. But remember, all the TNG movies came out in November or December.

    On the other hand, I’m wondering about Justice League. Rumor has it, it may be resurrected. But without Batman or Superman. Hmmm…


  5. So this is how it’s shaping up-

    May 1st 2009
    Disney Pictures

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine
    20th Century Fox

    May 9th 2009
    Star Trek [Zero] (So this is how it’s shaping up-

    May 1st 2009
    Disney Pictures

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine
    20th Century Fox

    May 9th 2009
    Star Trek [Zero] (<—I like my title better)

    May 15th 2009
    Angels and Demons
    Sony Pictures

  6. Ultimately I think the means the film will be a bigger hit .
    Its shaping up to be a good May for 2009.

  7. Shatner cameo?

  8. I can almost guarantee you that Angels and Demons won’t premiere then. Script problems delayed it (due to the writers strike), so I think if they try to start without an actors union deal in place, it’ll be too risky.

    Unless I’m way off, I think it’ll be late 2009 or even May 2010!


  9. Wow, Star Trek in May 2009 followed a month later by Transformers 2 from the same writers? This alone might scare me away from seeing Trek.

  10. I think we WILL be seeing the SUPERMAN sequel MAN OF STEEL for Summer 2009 after all. Rumor has it WB has pushed back JLA’s start-date as far back as 2010(!)

    As for STAR TREK, I’ll be honest. I called it happening on my radio show MOVIE MOAN a few weeks back. Granted, I did think I’d probably be wrong. But it made sense to delay it for its apparent badly needed re-writes.

    Heath, I agree with you about ANGELS & DEMONS. It’d be better suited for a Christmas 2009 release.

  11. What a bummer! I was all geared up to see it this December and now I have to wait even longer. I hope you are right, Vic, that this delay will make it better.

  12. I just want Sylar back! It’s can opener tiiiiiime.

  13. Noooooooooo! Sorry, I just can’t wait for Star Trek, I need my fix, after seeing that teaser trailer (which is pretty awsome) I have to wait 5 more months? I know it will be better and they can fine tune things, but the kid in me want’s to see it as soon as possible!!!!!!

  14. You know I don’t buy that “summer movies do better” nonsense. Make a good film and audiences will go see it, no matter when it is released. Make a garbage film with a good trailer and people will see it for the first week and no repeat business. Case in point, the Lord of the Rings movies. I think the studios hype up the summer release date too much and make a bigger deal of it then there is.

  15. Personally,I REALLY hope JLA still happens next year. I hope Tom Welling plays Superman cuz Routh won’t be in it,unfortunately.

    But yeah,Heath,I heard that stuff about JLA too. And frankly I think it’s a load of crap. No WAY would they make a JLA film without Superman and Batman,no way. I hope they wouldn’t do that anyway……

    And it would be nice if MOS came out next year.

    Sorry for the off topic post,guys.

  16. JJ Abrams: “Dammit Vic, I’m a director not a screenwriter!!!”


    I’m really bummed about this, but there are already so many awesome looking movies coming out this year, that I can wait 5 months if they’re going to make Star Trek kick azz!!!


  18. <----- This is my pissed off face.

  19. Hey Vic, here’s the deal. I’ve been a Star Trek fan since I was a child, I’m now forty and I have to tell you I would be really happy to see the new film: A. Be wonderfully, mind expanding entertainment. B. Not only reinvent the franchise, but bring stories that continues to inspire science and a benevolent vision of the future. Now even though I only have a limited amount of time to get my excitement glands on full thrusters I also. C. Need to have you continue updating this site. I’m impressed with this entire site, clearly you have a passion for storytelling and film. I didn’t realize at first you update what looks like most of the Screen Rant site…Impressive. Keep up the good work! Please.

  20. …”excitement glands?”…what was I thinking…

  21. Haha Lee, I just skimmed over that phrase until you mentioned it in your second post. (Mental image, go away!)