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‘Star Trek 2’ Moves … To When Is Anyone’s Guess

Will be replaced in 2012 with G.I. Joe sequel


J.J. Abrams doesn’t like to be rushed, and Paramount Pictures has no intention of doing it.

Paramount confirmed what had been rumored for months — the sequel to Abrams’ 2009 “Star Trek” has been put off until 2013.

Taking its place on July 29, 2012 — exactly one year from now — is “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” That sequel to the 2009 “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” will feature the return of stars Channing Tatum and Ray Park, and include the addition of Adrianne Palicki and Dwayne Johnson. It will be directed by Jon M. Chu, whose credits up to this point have included mostly dance-heavy or musical works.

There is still a chance that “Star Trek 2” could end up premiering in 2012, possibly Christmas, but it’s more likely Paramount will hold out for a summer 2013 release as its tentpole film.

“Star Trek 2” wasn’t the only filmed to get shifted around a bit. The new Tom Cruise film “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” was moved back five days to Dec. 21 in the United States, taking it out of direct competition with “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.” It will instead compete with “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” which is likely to get an R rating, and limit its audience compared to “Mission Impossible.”

Much of the delay for “Star Trek 2” comes in the fact that Abrams had to finish work on “Super 8” before he could move on to another film. Paramount has been pushing for him to once again fill the director’s chair, and is likely to do so now that the studio has given him more time to tweak the script.

However, some pre-production for the film could be starting sooner rather than later. Hollywood creature designer Neville Page told Airlock Alpha last weekend at San Diego Comic-Con that he is expected to start working on the sequel as early as August, beginning first drafts on creatures and other aliens expected to bring “Star Trek 2” to life.

Actual production for “Star Trek 2” could come as early as January. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban are all expected to return.

Paramount has had a solid year so far in 2011. The studio has earned $1.26 billion in domestic box office, according to The Numbers, led by the $325.8 million haul of “Transformers 3: Dark Side of the Moon” as well as the $180.1 million for “Thor.”

It remains ahead of Warner Bros., which has $1.09 billion after just three weeks of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,” currently the second highest-grossing film of the year. Universal has $755.1 million in total box office, followed by Walt Disney Pictures ($708.4 million) and Sony Pictures ($655.8 million).

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