STAR TREK 2 Set for Release in 3D on May 17th, 2013; Michael Giacchino Confirmed to Return as Composer

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As J.J. Abrams winds down his Super 8 duties with the film’s Blu-ray release this week, the sequel to his 2009 smash hit Star Trek is moving full-steam ahead. While it’s taken a couple years to get going and Abrams only just recently officially signed on as director, Captain Kirk and crew are absolutely 100% coming back with a firm release date of May 17th, 2013 set. However, the release date is just the tip of the iceberg as we now have confirmation that we’ll be following the crew in 3D this time around. Hit the jump for more.

We recently learned that production on the follow-up is set to begin on January 15th, and now Deadline reports that Paramount has slated the film for a May 17th, 2013 release date. Sony just moved Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi pic Singularity off that date, so Paramount jumped at the chance to claim the pre-Memorial Day weekend as their own. The sequel will go up against Sony’s Pixels (based on the short film), and will open one week after Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim and two weeks after Iron Man 3. Universal’s Fast and Furious 6 has the displeasure of opening the week after Star Trek 2, in what’s looking like an epically action-filled start to the summer 2013 movie season.

michael-giacchino-imageThere’s no explicit clarification as to whether Abrams will be filming in 3D or post-converting, but Deadline’s report says Abrams will be “making the movie in 3D”. It’s a bit of a no-brainer that they’re going the 3D route, but I do hope they plan on filming in native 3D as the short post-production time doesn’t bode well for a pristine 3D-conversion.

As if the release date and 3D news wasn’t enough, Coming Soon has confirmed with composer Michael Giacchino that he’ll once again be returning to score the pic. His music was one of the best aspects of the first film (which is no surprise, given the guy’s immense talent), so I’m extremely happy that he’ll be back to wow our ears once again. All the cast members from Abrams’ original Trek are expected to return, and the director recently confirmed to MTV News that Benicio Del Toro is in negotiations to star as the villain (though what villain they’ve settled upon is still under wraps). Screenwriters Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof have been done with the script for a while, but are on their third draft of revisions as of last week.

Here’s a sampling of Giacchino’s work on the first film:

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  • AlexHeyNa

    When Star Trek (2009) first came out, I was thinking he would go the way Chris Nolan with Batman and release a new one every 2 years. Because that’s essentially what he did: J.J. Abrams did to Star Trek what Chris Nolan did to Batman. So, naturally, I would compare the two. But if it’s gonna take 4 years to release one of these, it’s gonna be a long ride…one that J.J. Abrams–and some of the cast–might not wanna take. So this could be the last of the “good” Star Trek films…

    We’ll see. This is just one man’s observation.

    • Michael

      New one every two years..? What are you talking about? There was a three year gap between Batman Begins and the Dark Knight, and there’s going to be a four year gap between The Dark Knight and the Dark Knight Rises.

      • Thundersauresrex

        Booooom PWND. use your fingers next time Alex maybe youll count correctly and not be a douche

      • Jay McKells

        Yo Thundersauresrex… No offence homeboy, but anyone who uses the phrases “PWND” and “douche” is always gonna be the “douche”. Oh, the irony.
        On a sidenote, I’m looking forward to Star Trek 2, especially if it’s filmed in 3D and not post-converted!

      • Thundersauresrex

        add “Yo” and “Homeboy” to that “douche” list too

    • rolf

      Actually, they wanted to do it sooner, but the studios were prioritizing the sequel to that awful GI Joe movie, so Star Trek 2 was supposed to be a two year gap, but I guess Hasbro pushed GI Joe hard enough that it took center-stage, even though Star Trek did really well.

      It doesn’t help that both were using the same people at ILM for special effects. So they really did have to take turns.

      • Thundersauresrex

        nah. dude. read a little. yes you are right that they wanted to do it sooner. but it wasnt hasbro. it wwas because Orci, Kurtzman and Abrams all refused to sign on and do it until they could ONLY focus on it. so with Orci writing and prepping is own stuff and Abrams dick deep in Super 8 and knowing that with Speilburg tacked onto that that post was gunna be insane from interviews and getting every frame right they told Hasbro and whatever production company its with that they will not sign on to it. and because teh first did so great with them the company decided to go else where. and ILM having to much an argument? REALLY? hahaha serisouly?? look into the movies that are coming out this summer that they were posting at the same time. …..avengers anyone? and the company actually down played GI JOE cause of the first ones horrible reception (And it actually made a shit ton of money.) people were surprised to see another which i think was smart cause it got people interested and the looming question of killing off the cast of the last movie is getting people on board. get yo facts straight or go home.

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  • McGavin

    • The Orion Syndicate as the villains
    • Larger all-star cast as well as many cameos including by William Shatner
    • More planets
    • Larger space battles with more starships
    • Kirk having better fighting skills
    • Kirk having several human love interests played by Hollywood’s most beautiful young actresses
    • No cut scenes
    • The Star Trek theme music from the Insurrection end credits used at the end

  • Stacey Keegan

    I hope they include Lady Gaga in the sequel as a singer with dark connections to the villains. With her futuristic music and style, she would fit right in.
    I’d like to see Kirk, Spock and McCoy go undercover to a techno concert of hers on a distant planet which is raided by many henchmen who have a thunderous phaser fight with them.

    • Ruprect

      Stunt casting of a current pop “artist” for no reason other than to try and reel in some tween dollars. What you describe is pretty much the final scenes of the second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Remember how THAT turned out?

  • FILMfan

    Not another JJ Trek!!


  • Andrew Sanders

    Loved JJ’s Trek.The only disappointing aspect(for me)was Giacchino’s music-it wasn’t as memorable or in the same league as Goldsmith’s or Horner’s scores for past Trek’s.

    • Ruprect

      Have to disagree.
      I was in an HMV the other day and they just started showing a movie on the displays. I was not paying attention to what was on screen (I’m in the store for 5 min. What’s the point of getting into a movie?) but I heard that title music over the production logos (Bad Robot, Spyglass, etc) and INSTANTLY knew that it was JJ’s TREK.
      I got that same “inner smile” (or lack of a better term) that I get when I hear Goldsmith’s ST:TMP main theme or Horner’s ST:TWOK battle sequence music. (or William’s StarWars and Superman … or Poledouris’ Conan The Barbarian … or Shore’s LOTR score)

  • Duder NME

    Lens flare? In 3D?? RUN! EVERYBODY, RUN!!!! Moltz, chooollll wechoo!

  • Neo

    Oh my, JJ Trek – catering to low IQ moviegoers.
    Once Star Trek stood just one level below epicness if 2001 Space Odissey, nowdays it is made for Twilight girls ho wanna see zachary quinto.
    Gene Roddenbery is probable turning in his grave.

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  • SamS

    Last one was terrible. Aside from the misalignment of the Star Trek canon because of the major plot holes, they used every single cliche and story cheat and ignored the characters’ history. The Enterprise looks like it was designed by Hot Wheels and the engine room looks like it was filmed in a brewery that’s too big for the ship’s hull. The only way they can make it better is if they were to do a three movie story arc where they are trying to fix the timeline. Otherwise, it’s a waste of hard drive space.

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  • Martyn Conterio

    Star Trek was poor in my book. The bridge of the USS Enterprise looked like it was made out of ipods or something. totes.

    come and read my UK based film site, yo!

  • Martyn Conterio

    JJ Abrams version wasn’t the best, in my book. The USS Enterprise looked like it was made out if ipods or something.

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