As Star Trek 2 (still waiting on that official title) slowly lumbered down the production pipeline, there was much debate amongst fans as to whether or not director J.J. Abrams and Paramount would invest in shooting the film in IMAX, or 3D - or a combination of both, as is now standard for tentpole blockbusters.
We then found out that Star Trek 2 will be post-converted to 3D - and later, IMAX cameras were spotted on the set, suggesting that the sequel could be (at least partially) shot in "true" IMAX format. Today, we finally have confirmation on that latter point: Star Trek 2 will follow The Dark Knight Rises and The Hunger Games sequel by providing audiences with the full IMAX experience (instead of being stretch-converted into the format after the fact).
Paramount has released a press release, informing us all about what we already knew:
IMAX Corporation and Paramount Pictures Corporation, a unit of Viacom Inc., today announced that the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ 2009 blockbuster Star Trek, will be released in the immersive IMAX® 3D format on May 17, 2013. The film represents the second feature in the ground-breaking franchise to be released in IMAX following Star Trek, which grossed more than $375 million at the worldwide box office.
Following on the heels of Paramount Pictures’ and Bad Robot’s 2011 hit, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the filmmakers have once again taken full advantage of the IMAX® camera as well as the clarity and scope that The IMAX Experience® provides in order to transport fans into this 23rd century world. Several key sections of the film that feature big action set pieces have been captured with IMAX cameras, which has become an integral tool for visionary filmmakers to tell their amazing stories.
Exclusively in IMAX, sequences shot with the extremely high-resolution cameras will expand to fill the entire screen and further immerse the audience in the vast dimension and adventure of this highly-anticipated follow-up. Directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Damon Lindelof (Prometheus), Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) the sequel follows another chapter of the USS Enterprise crew’s exploration into the unknown. Returning to their posts on the Enterprise are Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, and Bruce Greenwood. They are joined by new cast members Peter Weller and Alice Eve.
So there you have it: if you were planning to see Star Trek 2 in IMAX 3D, stick with that plan. If this is new news to you - get excited.
On a side note: is it just me, or are these press releases getting more and more redundant in their late timing and lack of info? I mean, we've already known this information for nearly a quarter of a year - and the press release conveniently leaves out all mention of Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch joining the cast, in what is presumably the central villain role.
Seriously, we've been looking at photos of Cumberbatch on set for months now - is his involvement really considered "a surprise" at this point? Maybe the filmmakers just got tired of all the 'is he or isn't he Khan' questioning...
Star Trek 2 - no official title in that press release, how helpful - will hit IMAX 3D theaters on May 17, 2013.