Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman revealed that J.J. Abrams’ sequel to Star Trek could be released in 2013, confirming recent reports that the film would slip out of 2012.
Dauman made the comments during the company’s quarterly earnings call [via THR] (Viacom is the parent company of Star Trek distributor Paramount Pictures), stating that J.J. Abrams is “focused on developing the next installment of our Star Trek franchise” for a potential release in 2013.
As previously reported, Paramount originally set the Star Trek sequel for release on June 29, 2012, but decided to delay its release earlier this year because they still hadn’t locked everything down, including Abrams’ return as director. Abrams was confirmed as the film’s director this past September.
Pre-production on the Star Trek sequel is currently underway with production expected to begin in 2012, perhaps as early as January. If the film does shift to 2013 time frames would be summer and winter. Here’s a look at some of the other high-profile projects that are currently slated for May-July and November-December [via BOM]:
- Iron Man 3 – 5/3
- Pacific Rim – 5/10
- Singularity – 5/17*
- Fast & Furious 6 – 5/24
- Lone Ranger – 5/31
- 1000 A.E. – 6/7
- Man of Steel – 6/14
- Monsters University – 6/21
- R.I.P.D. – 6/28
- Despicable Me 2 – 7/3
- Robopocalypse – 7/3
- Oblivion – 7/19
- Thor 2 – 11/15
- The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs – 11/27
- The Hobbit: There and Back Again – 12/13
The summer 2013 slate is obviously very crowded, but per an article at Heat Vision | THR Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi film “Singularity” may not meet its 5/17 release date because he wants to spend some more time crafting the script. That project was scheduled to begin production in March 2012. If “Singularity” gets pushed, it could make room for the Star Trek sequel. Another possibility would be the July 4 holiday, or winter 2013, which currently has only a few high-profile projects with dates.