June 29, 2012. For the last year and a half that has been the established release date for the sequel to J.J. Abrams' Star Trek. But with writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof focusing on a multitude of different projects and J.J. Abrams occupying himself with this summer's Super 8, the production has taken a long time to get going. As of yesterday it was reported that the project is ready to be prepped with a 70+ page outline, but "ready to be prepped" isn't the stage you want to be at with a massive science fiction film and only 13 months left until the established release date. At some point something has to give, and that point may be coming up very soon.

While Paramount wouldn't confirm the information that the site received, Deadline reports that while Abrams' is just about ready to officially announce that he will be back to direct Star Trek: The Second, the news may also be paired with a push back of the release date. According to unnamed sources, the studio is considering moving the project from the mid-summer to the 2012 holiday season. Other major releases expected to be released in December 2012 include Ang Lee's Life of Pi, Zack Snyder's Man of Steel and Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: Part 1.

While at this point it's amazing that they're going to be able to squeeze Star Trek: The Second into 2012 at all, Paramount's summer 2012 lineup is looking a bit thin. While the studio is dominating this summer with Thor, Kung Fu Panda 2, Super 8, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Captain America: The First Avenger, the studio's only summer titles for next year are Madagascar 3 (June 8) and G.I. Joe 2 (August 10). Don't be surprised if a Star Trek date shift begins a chain reaction that affects the entire 2012 schedule.

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