Thanks to the writers strike, 2009 has plenty of open slots available for big tentpoles to shift into. Paramount is taking advantage of this fact, and has decided to launch Star Trek into 2009's orbit.
Sucks for us, sure, but should mean more present-day dough for Paramount.
Star Trek Pushed to Summer, 2009
It looks like Paramount second guessed their decision to release Star Trek on Christmas, as they have decided to push the film's release back oh, I don't know, another five months.
In order to increase its "earning potential," Star Trek will now beam into theaters on May 8th, 2009. The tentpole isn't the only film to get reshuffled, as DreamWorks has pushed Tropic Thunder back from July 11 to August 15.
Expect lots of studios to follow this trend, as they attempt to balance out their 2008 and 2009 calendars.
Other films changing their release include Eddie Murphy's Nowhereland, going from September 26th, 2008, to June 12, 2009; Renee Zellweger's Case 39, which will be pushed back from August 22nd, 2008, to April 10, 2009; and Brad Pitt's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which will only lose a few weeks by going from November 26th, 2008, to December 19th.
While Star Trek won't be sharing their new slot with any threatening competition, they are literally surrounded by some serious players. Angels & Demons is scheduled to release one week before Trek, while X-Men Origins: Wolverine will arrive one week after.
It's going to be tight!