Star Trek delayed
Wow, so Star Trek is delayed. I don't see the big deal myself. Paramount has sat down and rejigged their schedule which means a number of films are delayed.
Taken individually you could argue that there's an issue with the filming, but look at them altogether and it's pretty clear, their scheduling is changing.
It's probably not in any small part down to the fact that the writers are back from their strike and now they are expecting a different influx of work as previously they would have been stretching out projects, rushing ones through, and generally trying to keep a smooth even output.
Now they can move titles to where they think they can earn most, not to keep the audience coming back between quiet periods.
"J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" from Dec. 25 to May 8, 2009, saying the pic's gross potential is greater as a summer tentpole."
Oh look at that, what did I say - I genuinely rattled that off before reading that quote, and what's this from the Variety story?
"...many of the majors are likely to revisit their release skeds in the wake of the writers' strike as they try to balance out their 2008 and 2009 calendars."
Well there you go. As soon as they know that they have writers back to polish, rework and develop new projects, the scheduling moves from a "keep it going" motto to a "let's earn as much as possible", and I don't mean that in a bad way.
We're also told that a number of other films have been delayed from both Paramount and DreamWorks:
"DreamWorks' 2008 Ben Stiller summer comedy "Tropic Thunder" is moving from July 11 to Aug. 15.
Eddie Murphy family pic "Nowhereland" is moving from Sept. 26, 2008, to June 12, 2009.
Renee Zellweger horror-thriller "Case 39" is moving from Aug. 22, 2008, to April 10, 2009.
David Fincher's Brad Pitt starrer "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is moving from Nov. 26, 2008, to Dec. 19, 2008.
Martin Scorsese's Leonardo DiCaprio-starrer "Shutter Island" will be released Oct. 2, 2009."
Well there you go, and yes I deliberately missed out the date announcement for the next Wayans comedy as yet untitled. I'll give it one though, but I fear I might loose control of my bowels in the ensuing rage.
What is interesting for Star Trek though is that it will be sandwiched in between the releases of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Angels and Demons. The former is indeed some competition, but the latter? It might pull in the numbers but I don't see it detracting from Star Trek do you?