Star Trek XI' Premiere Date Still Not Set


Word is coming that while Paramount is simply trying to fill in some post-writers strike gaps, there is still a lot of talking going on behind the scenes on when the movie is best to premiere.

Preliminary indications are that "Star Trek XI" could be moved to Memorial Day weekend a few weeks later, but there may be some grander thoughts on a much more high-profile release date.

"There are a few people here who want the Star Trek franchise to become the studio's new Fourth of July slam-dunk," said the source, who asked not to be named. "I don't know how well that will work because 'Star Trek' is not considered the kind of action fare that usually works as a summer blockbuster, but there's a lot of history behind summer releases that could really help" the franchise.

"Star Trek used to be a summer franchise, but for some reason, in recent years, it was moved back to being more holiday fare," the source said.

Of the 10 Star Trek movies already released, only "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (June 4, 1982), "Star Trek III: The Search For Spock" (June 1, 1984) and "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" (June 9, 1989) were summer movies. While the box office returns for those films were a mixed bag, many fans would say that had to do more with the content of those movies than their actual release date.

Many fans were angered by Paramount's move that took "Star Trek XI" off the Christmas schedule, and rumors are still abounding that the move was more to allow some script rewrites on a film already over budget, according to some reports.

For now, however, Paramount is sticking with its May 8, 2009 date.

Posted: 16 February 2008


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