With only three months until the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, does it seem like anticipation for the Star Trek sequel has waned? Maybe it has something to do with J.J. Abrams taking the Star Wars: Episode VII job for Disney and Lucasfilm.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Abrams talks about how the buzz about Star Trek Into Darkness seems to have gone down, and wonders if the movie should have come out sooner than its May release date. Is it a matter of people not caring about Star Trek Into Darkness anymore, or are people just more interested in Star Wars: Episode VII? Abrams says:
‘It’s not decades, but it’s long enough that you do have to remind people what the thing is and where it’s at,’ he says. ‘It would have been better probably for the studio [if we’d put it out earlier], because it would have been fresher in people’s minds. But I’m happy we didn’t rush it. It wouldn’t have been a better movie if it came out earlier, I know that.’
Before Abrams took the job, Star Trek Into Darkness was sailing. Paramount had just released the first nine minutes of the film before IMAX screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and attention, awareness, and anticipation was at an all-time high. Now it seems like Star Trek Into Darkness is more like a footnote or preface to the explosion that will be Star Wars: Episode VII.
All that said, it’s unlikely to affect the overall box office of the Star Trek sequel. Abrams’ first Star Trek movie was a big hit, and it’s very unlikely Star Trek Into Darkness will not follow suit.
Star Trek Into Darkness will hit theaters everywhere on May 17th in IMAX 3D.