Paramount Pictures has shaken up its release schedule with significant changes to the 2012 movie year.
First, and foremost, the still-untitled Star Trek sequel, which had initially committed to an August 10, 2012 release, will have to bow to the logistics of time, abandoning its boldy-declared date. However, taking its place on that date, will be the Jon Chu-directed G.I. Joe sequel, which has recently changed its name (again,) this time to G.I. Joe: Retaliation. There, the Joe team will have a four day head-start over their primary rival, Marvel's (well, Sony's) wall-crawling reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man.
On another front, it seems that the movie studio did not think that Agent Ethan Hunt could contend with Sherlock Holmes, as Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, the fourth entry in the franchise, has been taken off a would-be box-office showdown with Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. The film otherwise known as M:I:IV will now be pushed five days to December 21, on which it takes on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
So, where does that leave the Star Trek sequel?
Well, with director, JJ Abrams done with this summer's critically-acclaimed-not-quite-blockbuster, Super 8, he's shifted focus back to Chris Pine's Captain Kirk and his band of rebooted, retconned Enterprise crewmates.
According to Deadline, Abrams just finished a vacation, and is now back to work with writers, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof on the film's still-nonexistent script. At this point, production looks good to start around January 2012 and the film could realistically hit theaters either in the fourth quarter of 2012, or may possibly be set for a more vacant atmosphere in the summer 2013 movie season.
There are, however, still some signs that Trek 2 could get rushed out to fit in the late-2012 field, after the mega comic book movies have had their say in the summer. At that point, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 on November 16, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on December 14 are the only real post-summer "sure-bet" heavyweights and Trek 2 could find a home there.
But, then again...who wants a rushed movie?