When Star Trek Into Darkness is released this May, it will be the first 3D movie in the Star Trek franchise. The decision to make the film in 3D was not J.J. Abrams’ but rather came from Paramount Picture’s. At first, the 46-year-old director was completely opposed to making the Trek sequel in 3D, but while getting the film together, he worked out a compromise.
In an interview with SFX, Abrams described the 3D process as “ridiculous,” but the studio had other ideas. The main reason why Paramount Pictures wanted Into Darkness converted to 3D was purely economic. They can make more money with a higher 3D ticket price. According to Abrams, “I have trouble with 3D sometimes. I can’t see it right; I get a headache; it annoys me; I hate the glasses; I hate the fact that things get so dim.”
Star Trek Into Darkness can also be seen in traditional 2D, so the option will be available for audiences who don’t like the new format. Abrams originally shot the film in 2D, and it will later be up-converted to 3D so the audience wouldn’t “lose” anything in the format translation. For the most part, the 3D in Star Trek Into Darkness will be mostly used as set dressing, rather than the usual leaping-out-of-the-screen stunts. Abrams says, “The key for me is I got to make my 2D movie that I wanted to make, just the way I wanted to; and it gets to be augmented in 3D but that doesn’t detract from the 2D.”
Star Trek Into Darkness will hit theaters on May 17th in 3D IMAX.