After more than four years of waiting and wondering, fans of Star Trek — or, at least, fans of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek — finally have one of their infinite number of questions answered concerning the next installment of the franchise. THR is reporting that Paramount has set the release date for the unofficially titled Star Trek 2 on May 17, 2013. Damon Lindelof, of “Lost” fame and co-writer of the Trek sequel, has confirmed this announcement on Twitter . Paramount initially wanted a Summer 2012 release date, which would have pit Abrams’ film against Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, but Super 8 got in the way, so now May 2013 puts it directly between the previously slotted Iron Man 3 and Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim.
Of course, we still don’t have any clue what Star Trek 2 is going to be about, or what villain Benicio Del Toro has been approached to play, though original screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman had always hinted at harking back to Gene Rodenberry’s classic “Star Trek” television series. Other than that Abrams and Lindelof are the creative minds behind the final story/script, and that the new cast is likely to return in its entirety, nothing else is known. Setting a release date means shooting will have to begin soon, which means more details will begin to flow — just like, hey, The Dark Knight Rises!
Still, no matter what details we learn between now and then, Star Trek 2 is probably going to be the most-anticipated movie of the Summer two years from now. If Benicio Del Toro winds up playing an Orion Slave Boy, the Spartacus of the Orion Slaves, it could be the most-anticipated movie ever. Even if it it would set off a new horrible trend.
Rob Payne writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force and tweets on the Twitter himself @RobOfWar. If anyone knows how to actually link to a specific tweet, he would be, well, thankful to learn) (Don’t forget to fight cancer here and fight poverty here!)