Friday, November 16, 2012

First nine minutes of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' to be shown ahead of premium 'Hobbit' showings

Star Trek Into Darkness will allow "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" movie viewers to go where none have gone before. The first nine minutes of the J.J. Abrams’ sequel to the "Star Trek" movie series reboot will screen exclusively with IMAX 3D showings of the first movie in "The Hobbit" trilogy.

News of the "extra reason" to go see the first "Hobbit" film was released on Thursday. The only footage of the upcoming "Star Trek" released so far has been three frames -- that's right, three frames -- shown on Conan O'Brien's show when Abrams visited. At the time, Abrams said that Paramount told him:
It’s got to be really short. It can’t be longer than three frames.
That is what he showed Conan's audience in early October.

The news, though, has to be somewhat frustrating. Limiting the nine minutes to IMAX 3D showings of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" means those wanting to see the trailer will -- until it is released or leaked on YouTube or elsewhere -- have to pay a high premium.

Those who see non-IMAX 3D versions of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will see a traditional trailer for "Star Trek Into Darkness." It is likely that the nine minute IMAX footage will not reach YouTube legally, but the trailer will, most likely by the Monday after the weekend of "The Hobbit's" release. The trailer will then play with other films, such as Paramount’s "Jack Reacher," the following weekend.

"Star Trek Into Darkness" is directed by J. J. Abrams, written by Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof and Roberto Orci, and produced by Abrams, Kurtzman, Lindelof, Orci, and Bryan Burk. Chris Pine (as Captain James T. Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Karl Urban (Dr. McCoy), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Anton Yelchin (Chekov), Simon Pegg (Scotty) and John Cho (Sulu) return to reprise their roles from the prior film, 2009's "Star Trek" reboot.

It is scheduled to be released on May 17, 2013.

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will hit theaters on Dec. 14.

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