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'Star Trek' footage will come to IMAX theaters in December

'Star Trek' footage will arrive exclusively in IMAX theaters next month. The 'Star Trek' sequel was partly filmed using IMAX cameras.

By Kofi OutlawScreen Rant / November 16, 2012

The 'Star Trek' footage that will appear next month may provide the first substantial look at the sequel to the 2009 film starring Chris Pine (l.) and Zachary Quinto (r.).

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Sci-fi fans are still eager to discover what J.J. Abrams and writers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof have done with the sequel to 2009 Star Trek reboot, which we now know will be titled Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams jokingly premiered a single frame of footage from the film during a recent talk-show segment – but we’re pretty sure that annoyed more people than it amused. After several delays and a thick fog of mystery clouding things, suffice to say that Trekkies the world over are starving for some substantial reveals.

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Well, that hunger will soon be sated, as we now learn that an extended preview of Star Trek 2 will be shown to moviegoers in December 2012 – and it will showcase the film’s new digital IMAX 3D format.

Check out the official press release from Paramount:

WORLD PREMIERE EXTENDED PREVIEW OF J. J. ABRAMS’ “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” TO DEBUT IN IMAX 3D ON DECEMBER 14th

THE FIRST 9-MINUTES FROM THE ANTICIPATED SEQUEL WILL BE RELEASED EXCLUSIVELY IN DIGITAL IMAX 3D THEATRES WORLDWIDE

HOLLYWOOD, CA (November 14, 2012) – Paramount Pictures will release the first 9 minutes from J.J. Abrams’ eagerly-awaited “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” exclusively in IMAX 3D months prior to the film’s official release in May 2013. This first-look at the movie will play in approximately 500 digital IMAX 3D theatres beginning December 14th.

“STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS,” the sequel to Abrams’ 2009 hit film that redefined the Star Trek universe for a new generation, marks the first time exclusive footage has played in IMAX 3D and only the third time a first-look will be released in IMAX.

o further the IMAX experience, “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” used IMAX cameras to capture several sequences. Exclusively in IMAX theaters, sequences filmed with the extremely high-resolution cameras will expand to fill more of the screen with unprecedented crispness and clarity, putting moviegoers right into the explosive action and vast scope of the film.

Aside from kicking the usual hype machine into gear, this preview event also marks an opportunity for Paramount and Abrams to quell doubts that fans have expressed (some more vocally than others) regarding the decision to post-convert the film into 3D. While the use of actual IMAX cameras in filming was seen as a step forward – as opposed to just stretching standard film to IMAX size, compromising shot quality – the decision to convert the movie into 3D – even though it wasn’t filmed in the format – was conversely seen as a step back. There are still plenty of skeptics who need to be won over, and the studio is likely attempting to do just that.

There is still a lot we don’t know about Star Trek Into Darkness: is Benedict Cumberbatch’s (Sherlock)  villain role Khan? Gary Mitchell? Or something altogether different? How, exactly, will the sequel be ‘bigger and bolder?’  What kind of threat will test the Enterprise crew and their bond as a team? Will there really be no cameos from original series actors? Etc…

Hopefully this preview gives us enough material to actually discuss, because all the unanswered questions are stacking up higher than a season of Lost. (Hopefully, the forthcoming answers are more satisfying.)

Kofi Outlaw blogs at Screen Rant.

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