IMAX Confirms J.J. Abrams' 'Star Trek 2' Will Be Shown in IMAX 3D
It's a good day for IMAX. On top of news that Francis Lawrence's Hunger Games: Catching Fire would be partially shot on IMAX, as well as The Dark Knight Rises opening soon, they've finally confirmed details on J.J. Abrams' Star Trek 2. It had been unconfirmed but identified that IMAX cameras were being used to film on set, but no one would say anything - until now. Paramount and IMAX have put out an official press release (via IMAX.com) confirming that Trek 2 will indeed be arriving in IMAX 3D on May 17th, 2013. You read that right - 3D. Wait, really? Even though this was shot in 2D it's going to get a 3D conversion, too.
"We were so thrilled with the creative results of shooting IMAX for Mission: Impossible that we jumped at the chance to use the format for Star Trek. All expectations were exceeded -- the action and resolution is insane at this scale. We cannot wait for audiences to see the crew of the Enterprise in a way they never have before," said Abrams. Good to hear, and I can't wait to see either. Unfortunately, word is that Star Trek 2 will not be appearing at Comic-Con this summer with any footage, and we may still have to wait a while until we see anything. The exact amount is not known yet, but IMAX also confirms: "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." Glad to see the IMAX trend continuing.
Exclusively in IMAX, Star Trek 2 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, Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman 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 and Anton Yelchin. They are joined by Alice Eve and Benedict Cumberbatch as well. "J.J. and the filmmaking team behind the Star Trek franchise are once again working to give audiences one of the best film going experiences available today," stated Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount.
We've still got quite a long wait until May of 2013, but at least it's awesome to know that between Trek 2 and Catching Fire (coming November of 2013), we'll have at least two major blockbusters shot with IMAX on the 65mm format. I love seeing movies shot on IMAX, shown on the huge screen at "insane" resolutions, and I'm very excited to see how Abrams is going to really ramp things up this time. I've got a feeling we have no idea how amazing some of the space scenes will look on IMAX 3D until we actually see them next year.