First Nine Minutes of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Coming to IMAX 3D in December

Star Trek Into DarknessParamount has just announced they will be releasing the first 9 minutes from J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness exclusively in approximately 500 digital IMAX 3D theatres beginning December 14th. There is no specific mention of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but I have to assume the preview will play in front of those screenings in something of a trade-off considering Warner Bros. placed The Dark Knight Rises prelude in front of Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol last year.

Star Trek Into Darkness is the sequel to Abrams' 2009 Star Trek and will be hitting theaters on May 17, 2013. Written by Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci familiar faces including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Simon Pegg and Karl Urban are returning along with newcomers Alice Eve, Peter Weller, Noel Clarke and Benedict Cumberbatch playing the film's villain.

"Our longtime partners J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and the Bad Robot team have really hit it out of the park – the footage is absolutely incredible," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment in today's press release. "Their use of the IMAX Camera and canvas is sure to impress current and future Star Trek fans alike, and we're thrilled to once again work with our friends at Paramount Pictures to offer this extended 'first look' at this highly anticipated summer blockbuster."

Star Trek Into Darkness used IMAX cameras to capture several sequences. Exclusively in IMAX theaters, sequences filmed with the extremely high-resolution cameras will expand to fill more of the screen with unprecedented crispness and clarity, putting moviegoers right into the explosive action and vast scope of the film.

  • MKing

    I'll be honest. I've been looking forward to Star Trek 2 much more than The Hobbit so this might give me more motivation to go see the Hobbit in an IMAX theater.

    • GregDinskisk

      I was thinking the exact same thing.

  • Adu

    So this means that the sequel will start like the last one...a big action sequence right? I hate spoiling the film for myself, but I am definitely watching The Hobbit in IMAX, so will take this in stride.

  • SmartFilm

    Hell yeah. As if The Hobbit wasn't enough to get excited about.

  • kyle coley

    eh dont care

  • Winchester

    I'm more interested in the Trek sequel just now than The Hobbit, but I doubt I'll go to the effort of seeing if this will play in the UK IMAX run. It would be a lot of hassle for 9 minutes I'll see anyway.

  • AJ

    I don't have any doubt that Abrams can deliver an exciting 9 minutes, but I don't think it will answer my concerns about whether or not they've improved the plotting of the film with this second installment. The first one was fun enough to carry you through based on sheer chemistry and general energy... But the actual story was illogical to downright moronic at times.

    While I'll take a film being fun over one being dull but solidly plotted any day, there really isn't a reason we can't ask for both.

    • Winchester

      I'd say the general plotting of the film was relatively in tone with half the plotting of your average Star Trek film (and actually tentpole in general) and the franchise itself across all formats and series. But then I've been dealing with the franchise for twenty odd years so I'm used to it. I can't speak for others maybe.

      That could be why it's silliness there never even phased me one bit. No pun intended..........

  • grogg

    Kind of angry that this is only playing at digital liemax theaters. The TDKR footage only played in front of MI4 in actual IMAX venues last year. Huge difference.

  • The Jackal

    I cannot wait. As a longtime fan of the series (1982's Wrath of Khan is still my favorite) it's still strange to hear terms like blockbuster applied to a Trek film. While it had a good run in the 80s (Trek II & IV) and had a couple of hits in the 90s (VI & First Contact), the Star Trek films never really raked in the big bucks. Star Wars always overshadowed its Big Brother as the dominant sci-fi series. Star Trek has always been content to hang back with solid TV viewer numbers and profitable (if not stellar) films (with 2002's Nemesis being the lone exception).

    J.J. Abrams and company have changed all that. Star Trek (2009) was young, fresh and an absolute thrill ride. Amazing special effects, a great cast and intriguing story have transformed the series begun in the early 1960s into the new king of sci-fi films. What's more, the new film was better than...shocker...the Star Wars Prequels. Hopefully, Into Darkness will finally turn Star Trek into the film franchise it has always deserved to be (no disrespect for the franchise [1979-2002] which came before, as I've always loved the Trek films, it was just primarily films for fans).

    Star Trek has raised the bar. I hope your watching, Star Wars: Episode VII

    Thems the facts