Star Trek pushed forward to May 2009

Variety reports that J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek reboot has been pushed forward until May 8, 2009, as part of a reshuffling of its schedule.

The article mentions that "studio insiders" believe Trek stands to make more money in May than December, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it were partly due to the writers strike, as well; the timing is certainly conspicuous, and, back in November, John August (a screenwriter not involved with Star Trek but acquainted with Abrams) had recounted in his blog that Abrams "was describing a scene he was shooting the day before. Midway through it, he got a great idea for a new line. Which he couldn’t write. Couldn’t shoot. Couldn’t be in his movie.

"Damon (Lindelhof, one of the producers of the new Trek) described it like having one of your superpowers taken away."

Well, now he’s got them back — while they’re still filming — and he’s able to make this the best Trek film he can, which I’m confident will be a really fun film, in spite of some reservations about one key cast member. Except we’ve got four and a half more months to wait for it. Damn. Damn damn damn.

The article also mentions Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder being pushed forward a month, to August 15, 2008, but… uh… who cares?

UPDATE (9:58 PM): Variety has updated their article to include information about a few other date changes. The most notable move is David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt, which moves from November 26 to December 19, 2008, right in the thick of the Oscar dumping grounds.

Posted on February 13, 2008 at 21:02 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by MC
    on 2008-02-13 at 22:40

    I still have Matt Damon Kirk and Gary Sinise Bones on the brain.

  2. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-02-13 at 22:42

    They would’ve been great — but they’re way too old for a reboot, whether or not it starts with the characters in Starfleet Academy or whatever. Two movies, and they’d be as old as the original cast!

  3. Written by Theron
    on 2008-02-15 at 08:54

    I just can’t get excited about this one. I used to be a Star Trek fan, but I kinda got over it. The original characters without Shatner and Nimoy? I’d like to be excited. I just can’t do it.

  4. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-02-15 at 08:58

    Well, Nimoy is in it. Maybe you should be half-way excited. :)

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