'Star Trek Into Darkness' Prologue Hits IMAX 3D Theaters with 'Hobbit'
by Ethan Anderton
November 14, 2012
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.