J.J. Abrams’ STAR TREK Sequel to Be Released in IMAX 3D; Confirms Several Key Scenes Were Shot in IMAX

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Brace yourselves, folks: we’ve got a Star Trek 2 story today that’s not about who the film’s villain is or isn’t.  Back in December, we learned that director J.J. Abrams was mulling over the IMAX format for the untitled sequel after having elected to shoot on film and post-convert to 3D. We saw said IMAX cameras on set courtesy of some recent set photos, and today it was officially announced that the film will be released in IMAX 3D when it hits theaters, featuring key sequences shot in IMAX.  Here’s what Abrams had to say about the format:

“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.”

Hit the jump for more, including the full press release.

The press release regarding the IMAX 3D release confirms that “several key sections of the film that feature big action set pieces” were shot using IMAX cameras.  Christopher Nolan has been a huge advocate of the format, with reportedly up to an hour of footage in The Dark Knight Rises having been shot with IMAX cameras.  It really is a truly immersive experience, and I’m eager to see Abrams’ Star Trek sequel on the big, big screen.

Joining returning castmembers Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Karl UrbanJohn Cho are newcomers Alice Eve and Peter Weller, with Benedict Cumberbatch onboard as the film’s unspecified villain.  Though the pic won’t be heading to Comic-Con next month, the Star Trek sequel will hit theaters on May 17th, 2013 in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D.  Read the full press release below.

Los Angeles, CA – Jun. 13, 2012 – IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Paramount Pictures Corporation, a unit of Viacom Inc., today announced that the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ 2009 blockbuster Star Trek, will be released in the immersive IMAX® 3D format on May 17, 2013. The film represents the second feature in the ground-breaking franchise to be released in IMAX following Star Trek, which grossed more than $375 million at the worldwide box office.

Following on the heels of Paramount Pictures’ and Bad Robot’s 2011 hit, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the filmmakers have once again taken full advantage of the IMAX® camera as well as the clarity and scope that The IMAX Experience® provides in order to transport fans into this 23rd century world. 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.

Exclusively in IMAX, 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  (Prometheus), Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) 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, Anton Yelchin, and Bruce Greenwood.  They are joined by new cast members Peter Weller and Alice Eve.

“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 J.J. Abrams.

“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,” said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures. “Following the great success of the first film in the newly revived franchise, the sequel to Star Trek will no doubt be among the top choices for moviegoers next summer.”

“We are extremely proud to be continuing our successful partnership with Paramount Pictures, J.J., Bryan Burk, Bad Robot and the entire Star Trek team through this iconic franchise that has the perfect DNA for IMAX fans,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment.

The IMAX release of the Star Trek sequel will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.




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  • Teddy B

    Nolan would be disappoint in the 3D conversion, but I guess Paramount forced JJ’s hand. I was holding out for the possibility of a 2D IMAX release, but I guess seeing a movie in the format it was filmed in is asking too much nowadays. >____>

    • analoggab

      yeah me too!!!
      I want to see this in film-IMAX!! not 3D Imax.
      I don’t get it, they shot on film and in IMAX but if we won’t be able to see the true format’s resolution and characteristics by turning it into 3D digital, what’s the point?

      3D IMAX = digital IMAX = not true IMAX
      It won’t be like TDKR

    • Alex

      You don’t have to see it in 3D you know…
      There’s still the option of watching it in just regular IMAX 2D.

      • Teddy B

        Who said there’s an option to see it in 2D IMAX? What are you talking about?

      • Goldenchest

        Actually there isn’t. At least, not in 70mm (true) IMAX theatres.

  • Brett

    I heard Damon Lindelof on this past Friday’s Geek Time (on Sirius) and he said that they’ve unlocked the key to making post conversion on 3D better by filming an empty set the same way they shot it with actors in it and then matching it up afterwards. Apparently this does make a difference. I’ll believe it when I see it myself.

  • paul tracy

    IMAX is more legitimate reason to charge a premium for a movie; it increase the experience. 3D just increases the price.

    ~ pp

  • Nomis1700

    Cool! Despite the post-conversion of 3D of course.
    Glad I don’t have a 3D TV so I can watch it at superb blu-ray quality then!

    But first, seeing it in IMAX ^^

  • Ross

    would it be crazy if I’m seeing things as follows:

    Star Trek 2 will come out in IMAX 3D at digital IMAX locations

    Star Trek 2 will come out with non-3D 70mm IMAX footage in ’2D’ 70mm IMAX screens

    ???

    • Sean Pak

      It makes sense for this to be the case, even though the article only states “IMAX 3-D” with nothing about 2-D IMAX. My local IMAX screen, however, in downtown SF is 2-D 70mm capable, so I’m hoping I will at least have the option for it. Will be sorely disappointed if it’s ONLY out in IMAX 3-D.

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