While it was reported last month that J.J. Abrams’ untitled Star Trek sequel was planning a 3D release on May 17, 2013, the director tells MTV News that the film will shoot in 2D and will be post-converted. The more exciting news, however, is that Abrams is interested in potentially bringing IMAX to the final frontier.
“We’re shooting on film, 2D, and then we’ll do a good high-end conversion like the ‘Harry Potter’ movie and all that,” says Abrams. “Luckily, with our release date now we have the months needed to do it right, because if you rush it, it never looks good… We were talking about [shooting in IMAX] and I would love to do it. IMAX is my favorite format; I’m a huge fan.”
Abrams is also one of the producers behind this week’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which opened last Friday on IMAX screens. This morning it was announced that the film (also a Paramount release) broke December IMAX records.
The untitled Star Trek sequel is set to feature the return of John Cho, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban and Anton Yelchin with all-new roles for Alice Eve and Peter Weller. The film’s central villain has yet to be cast, though several actors are said to be in contention.