Abrams Set for 'Star Trek 2', But 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Takes Its Spot
Well this isn't anything we didn't expect, but now there's some confirmation. Deadline is reporting that now that Super 8 has earned an impressive $125 million, J.J. Abrams can finally move onto Star Trek 2 and things are in the works with the writers to finish up the script. But in the meantime, as was rumored, the release date is being pushed back until "the fourth quarter of 2012 or summer, 2013." So instead, Jon M. Chu's G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which finally seems like the real title for the G.I. Joe sequel since it wasn't actually Cobra Strikes, will be filling Star Trek's original summer release date June 29th, 2012. Read on!
This is good news for Star Trek fans, as it means it's definitely coming soon, just not too soon. Deadline adds that the studio has "exercised its option on the cast and they will be ready when Abrams is," so the cast will be back, including Chris Pine. We know that Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof are currently working on the script and getting that ready for Abrams to approve, as they mention he "hasn't approved a script yet." We also know that Jon M. Chu's G.I. Joe 2 has been casting and gearing up recently, and now includes Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Stevenson, RZA and even D.J. Cotrona. We'll definitely keep an eye on both of these high profile projects as pre-production continues.