IMAX Confirms J.J. Abrams' 'Star Trek 2' Will Be Shown in IMAX 3D

June 13, 2012
Source: IMAX

Star Trek IMAX

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 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.

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I personally haven't seen a Hollywood movie on IMAX since my third viewing of Return of the King. Saw ROTK twice on regular screens...sprang for IMAX on the third. I was fairly disappointed to be honest. Of course the battle sequences were nice on a massive screen and the sound was big, but the picture seemed off to me, maybe even a bit distorted/blurry. However, I'll be returning to IMAX to watch TDKR due to the fact that almost an hour (I believe is what has been reported) of footage was shot with an IMAX camera and should look amazing. If ST2 follows suit with a big chunk of the footage shot on actual IMAX film, I'll probably see it on IMAX as well. Otherwise, I won't spend the extra cash to simply watch it on a bigger screen. My new cineplex has a pretty massive screen and impressive sound system anyway!

Gohikeone on Jun 13, 2012


This is why I don't like 3D... because they don't give us a choice. If Trek 2 is captured with IMAX cameras, then I want to see it in IMAX - but my guess is that there won't be any 2D IMAX screenings. Why would you shoot on the largest film format, and then ruin it with 3D (which makes the image smaller)?

john on Jun 13, 2012


Absolutely, completely, agree. Actually lucked out with Prometheus when something with the projector went wonky. Got to see it in IMAX 2D!!! It was really the most epic movie experience I've been through in a looong time. Only reason I went was for the format size. HATE the 3D. I can't believe they're actually still pushing it. I haven't seen any sales numbers, but I'd bet good money they'd actually get more people in the theater advertising IMAX 2D showings.

bozo connors on Jun 14, 2012


Whoops...guess I kind of missed that point in the story...I WON'T be seeing ST2 in IMAX as long as it's in 3D. I agree with bozo connors...2D IMAX might sell more tickets...

Gohikeone on Jun 15, 2012


i love imax 3d and i will be there opening day,yes no doubt....

machete on Jun 13, 2012


Better get Lindelhof off Star Trek 2 or he'll end up ruining that too.

ticketmaster on Jun 13, 2012


Well since I'm moving to a better area one that has IMAX I may actually get to see this in IMAX so cool I cant wait.

Jimmy Love on Jun 13, 2012


Wait, wasn't this movie initially pushed to this fall and that's why G.I.Joe 2 got the rush job into production and apparently sucked b@lls in test screenings, so now it's postponed until next year? Can Paramount find it's way out of a f**king cardboard box? All the execs should've been on Sarsgaard(sp?)'s Battleship.

Scotty97 on Jun 13, 2012


ST2, in any format, will be a blast...A BLAST OF POST-3-D LENS FLARES BURNING THE CORNEAS OF THE ENTIRE AUDIENCES LIKE A DISCO BALL SPINNING IN FRONT OF THE SUN!!!....No, really, it'll all be great, lookin forward to it.

Voice of Reason on Jun 14, 2012


star trek reboot was a joke. the second will be worse.

romulan ale on Jun 14, 2012



me on Jun 14, 2012


Is it possible to get any worse than that filth filmed at the Apple Store's lens flare section?

Claude AndPam Parish on Jun 23, 2012


If anyone can hear me ... please don't ruin this with 3D. Please. It just isn't fair. Why don't we have a choice? Don't punish us. It's not funny anymore. If you insist on 3D, put that version in conventional cinemas. At least don't ruin it for us IMAX fans.

Chris Johnson on Jul 24, 2012

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