'Star Trek Into Darkness' Prologue Hits IMAX 3D Theaters with 'Hobbit'

November 14, 2012

Star Trek Into Darkness

Here's the news you've all been waiting for, Star Trek fans. We haven't seen a teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel to J.J. Abrams' 2009 franchise reboot of the sci-fi favorite, but that's because Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot have been holding out for something better. When The Hobbit hits IMAX 3D screens on December 14th, 500 of those screens will have a 9-minute prologue for the sequel attached to it. Though The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises pulled this stunt before with regular IMAX screens, this is the first time a first look will be seen in IMAX 3D. That should hold fans over til May.

Star Trek Into Darkness will have several sequences filmed on IMAX, following in the footsteps of Christopher Nolan and Brad Bird who shot their most recent blockbusters on the large film format. If you remember, when The Dark Knight Rises prologue arrived with Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, a new trailer for the film also hit theaters. I'm betting some kind of regular teaser trailer will also hit theaters, maybe with The Hobbit as well, to go along with this 9-minute prologue. This very well might be the longest sneak peek prologue as well as I think both of Nolan's prologues were around six minutes long.

From the Paramount press release: "Our longtime partners J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and the Bad Robot team have really hit it out of the park – the footage is absolutely incredible," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "Their use of the IMAX Camera and canvas is sure to impress current and future Star Trek fans alike, and we’re thrilled to once again work with our friends at Paramount Pictures to offer this extended 'first look' at this highly anticipated summer blockbuster." Stay tuned.

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  • Most anticipated movie of 2013. Can't wait!
    • Waiting
      Superman mate, Superman.
      • don't get me wrong, I'm stoked for Man of Steel too, but Star Trek trumps all
  • mmmmmmmm
    ...OH FUCK. I think I just came a bit in excitement. LOL Massive news.
    • Scopedog
      Cleanup on aisle 7!!
  • I think watching The Dark Knight Rises prologue made the experience worse for me somehow. I can't really explain it, but after knowing the opening scene my excitement for the full film went down a little bit when I was finally sitting in the theater on opening night.
    • Scopedog
      Well...sorry that happened, Matt. I'd say just skip this and watch the film when it does come out in the theaters. While I loved the 2009 TREK film....I can afford to skip this preview and wait for it. The less I know, the better off I'll be. That's just my take, anyway.
      • The opening scene of Star Trek was so pivotal and really set the tone for the rest of the film and I think if I would've seen that months in advance then I wouldn't have felt the same connection to Kirk as I did in the theater on opening night.
    • bozo connors
      I've been purposefully avoiding pre-feature saturation (multiple trailers, other pre-release footage, cast/crew production crap,) for years - it works really well. I'll generally watch one trailer & attempt to avoid additional trailers or even additional viewings of the same trailers. For this Trek, I may attempt to forgo trailers altogether.
  • Sean
    How do we know which theaters will be playing the prologue?
  • will this only be in the 70mm IMAX?? or will this also be released in the Digital IMAX theaters?
    • John
      Good question... I'm guessing/hoping that Digital IMAX will have it. I am 2 hours from the nearest 70mm screen.
  • hi hello
    I still will not go see a movie in 3D.
    • bozo connors
      lol - ditto. Dolby Atmos though... probably. (sound guy)
  • John
    What I still do not understand is why shoot with large format film and then post-convert the image into 3D, which by its very nature makes the image smaller? Besides, I thought Abrams was on the record stating that he was not a fan of 3D? Maybe he made a deal with the studio that they could release it in 3D if he was allowed to film with IMAX cameras... just a guess. As a big fan of IMAX, I am really hoping that with "Star Trek" they offer a regular IMAX option without the 3D.
    • Scopedog
      "As a big fan of IMAX, I am really hoping that with "Star Trek" they offer a regular IMAX option without the 3D." They will probably do that, John. They did release the 2009 film in IMAX as well. And I'll stand up for IMAX 3D--that's how I saw PROMETHEUS. Putting aside whether the film was good or not--it certainly looked amazing.
  • Can't wait!
  • wylles
    Wow, so I didnt understand this prologue business until I read some of the comments, It means that the Prologue they are going to show is basically the first 9 minutes of the Film? So when you go watch the film you have already seen the 9 first minutes? ehm, sorry man, thats just playing with the fan, I prefer to see a trailer, cause, say what you want, but a trailer gives you a preview of whats coming wthout (hopefully) revealing much of the plot, spoilers, etc. but a Prologue being the first 9 minutes of the film? I thought it was going to be some sort of backstory Short Film, that was not going to be included in the film per se, kind of like these webisodes ive seen for certain series, now THAT would be awesome, and if you dont get to watch it in the Theatre with the Hobbit, They could post it on Youtube or include it in the DVD/Bluray
  • Would be nice to have a list of IMAX that will have it... To pay extra up here in Canada for Imax is a waste unless it can be clear its got the 9 min trailer.




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