Paramount Pictures, Skydance, Bad Robot and IMAX Corporation today announced that Star Trek Beyond, the third film in the blockbuster franchise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format and released in IMAX theaters worldwide beginning July 22, 2016. Star Trek Beyond wrapped production last month, and its release will coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the original Star Trek TV series. Paramount hasn't currently announced any specific plans for this anniversary celebration as of yet, but more details should surface in the new year.
Star Trek Beyond is directed by Justin Lin and reunites John Cho, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban and Anton Yelchin. Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella, Lydia Wilson and Joe Taslim are joining the cast. Based upon Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry, the film's writers are Roberto Orci & John D. Payne & Patrick Mckay; and Doug Jung & Simon Pegg. The film is produced by J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, and Justin Lin through his Perfect Storm Entertainment. The executive producers are Jeffrey Chernov, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Lindsey Weber. Here's what director Justin Lin had to say about Star Trek Beyond getting released in the immersive IMAX format all around the world.
"IMAX provides a one-of-a-kind movie going experience to audiences all over the world I am excited to bring the newest journey into the Star Trek universe to its screens."
No official plot details have been released as of yet, but Star Trek Beyond marks the start of the U.S.S. Enterprise's five-year mission, which was teased at the end of 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness. Director Justin Lin teased this past summer that this sequel will explore brand new worlds and alien species that haven't been seen yet in either the Star Trek movies or TV shows. Here's what Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment, had to say in his statement about Star Trek Beyond's IMAX release.
"Star Trek is an iconic franchise and IMAX is delighted to once again be a part of its world and to partner for the third time with Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Bad Robot on Star Trek Beyond. This space epic is exactly the type of event film that our exhibitor partners and fans around the world eagerly anticipate, particularly as it is so ideally suited to the IMAX format."
The Star Trek franchise has earned more than $850 million since the release of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek in 2009. The IMAX release of Star Trek Beyond will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.