The official word is out that the Star Trek sequel, J. J. Abrams‘ baby, will be hitting IMAX theaters in full 3D glory when its released on May 17, 2013! I’m sure many nerds will be pleased by this because … well, because. Hit the jump for the full press release! But before we get to that, there’s another little bit of Star Trek news to share with y’all. Turns out that in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Khan Noonien Singh actually had a child. Yep. And there’s visual proof! From Badass Digest:
Khan originally had a child. In the movie the child first appears as Terrell and Chekov come upon the Botany Bay; Chekov sees the kid through a window briefly, and then the child scurries away. It’s a moment of added tension as the two examine the wreckage of the ancient ship. The baby doesn’t show up again until the very end, and his return comes at a very sobering time. As the USS Reliant is in ruins, as Khan is all but defeated, he activates the Genesis Device, which still sits on the transporter pad. Attracted by the bright lights, the baby crawls towards the device… which then detonates, turning the Mutari Nebula into the Genesis Planet and killing everybody.
It’s definitely an interesting plot point. Would you guys have wanted this to stay in the final cut of the story, or do you think this choice worked out for the better?
Here is the IMAX/Paramount press release!
IMAX Corporation and Paramount Pictures Corporation today announced that the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ 2009 blockbuster Star Trek, will be released in the immersive IMAX 3D format on May 17, 2013. The film represents the second feature in the ground-breaking franchise to be released in IMAX following Star Trek, which grossed more than $375 million at the worldwide box office. Following on the heels of Paramount Pictures’ and Bad Robot’s 2011 hit, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the filmmakers have once again taken full advantage of the IMAX camera as well as the clarity and scope that The IMAX Experience provides in order to transport fans into this 23rd century world. Several key sections of the film that feature big action set pieces have been captured with IMAX cameras. Exclusively in IMAX, sequences shot with the extremely high-resolution cameras will expand to fill the entire screen and further immerse the audience in the vast dimension and adventure of this highly-anticipated follow-up. Directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Damon Lindelof (Prometheus), Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek), the sequel follows another chapter of the USS Enterprise crew’s exploration into the unknown. Returning to their posts on the Enterprise are Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, and Bruce Greenwood. They are joined by new cast members Peter Weller and Alice Eve. “We were so thrilled with the creative results of shooting IMAX for ‘Mission: Impossible’ that we jumped at the chance to use the format for ‘Star Trek.’ All expectations were exceeded — the action and resolution is insane at this scale. We cannot wait for audiences to see the crew of the Enterprise in a way they never have before,” said J.J. Abrams. “J.J. and the filmmaking team behind the ‘Star Trek’ franchise are once again working to give audiences one of the best film going experiences available today,” said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures. “Following the great success of the first film in the newly revived franchise, the sequel to ‘Star Trek’ will no doubt be among the top choices for moviegoers next summer.” “We are extremely proud to be continuing our successful partnership with Paramount Pictures, J.J., Bryan Burk, Bad Robot and the entire ‘Star Trek’ team through this iconic franchise that has the perfect DNA for IMAX fans,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President, IMAX Filmed Entertainment. The IMAX release of the Star Trek sequel will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.