Star Trek 2 Preview Planned For IMAX

It'll play before The Hobbit

JJ Abrams and Chris Pine on the set of Star Trek (2009)

Given the strong deflector shields that director/producer JJ Abrams has thrown up around Star Trek Into Darkness, nothing has been seen from the movie aside from some leaked set images and the jokey, blink-and-you-missed-it “footage reveal” he brought to Conan O’Brien’s show (you can see that below). Now, to reward cinemagoers for their patience, Paramount is releasing nine minutes of the film in front of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey from December 14 in the US and December 13 here in Blighty. Woo! We get it first!

The plan is for the footage to play on 500 IMAX 3D screens worldwide ahead of Peter Jackson’s film. Star Trek Into Darkness features several sequences shot specifically in the IMAX format, much like The Dark Knight Rises. It was also post-converted into 3D.

“Our longtime partners JJ Abrams, Bryan Burk and the Bad Robot team have really hit it out of the park – the footage is absolutely incredible,” says Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment in a statement. “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.”

The confirmed UK (and Irish)sites so far are the Cineworld IMAX screens in Dublin, Nottingham (those are two new sites opening for The Hobbit), Enfield, Crawley, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Ipswich and Birmingham. But don't panic! There are more still to be confirmed.

With Star Trek Into Darkness targeting a May 17 release next year, we figure that the trailer will also arrive around the same time. Meanwhile, our LA office will be trying to hit JJ Abrams with a mind meld to see if we can ferret out the info. Our mind to his mind...