Imax to Release 'Star Trek Into Darkness' in 3D Early May 15

The First Teaser Poster
Paramount Pictures

The teaser poster features the sequel's villain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, surveilling damage through a hole torn out of the side of the building in the shape of the familiar Starfleet insignia.

The giant-screen exhibitor inked a deal with Paramount Pictures to exclusively show the film two days before its May 17 wide release.

TORONTO -- Imax has inked a deal with Paramount Pictures to offer J.J. AbramsStar Trek Into Darkness in its giant-screen 3D format starting May 15, two days before the wide release.

Imax earlier signed a deal with Paramount to release the picture May 17, so additional negotiations have led to the prerelease.

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Imax, which released the first Star Trek reboot picture in 2009, said Sunday that it has started selling tickets for the exclusive run of the latest installment.

"As we saw with the reaction to the first nine minutes of the film, which debuted in our theaters in December, fans are clearly excited by the opportunity to see this epic film come to life in Imax," Imax Entertainment chairman and president Greg Foster said in a statement Sunday.

The Imax release of Star Trek Into Darkness will feature about 30 minutes of footage filmed with its proprietary cameras.

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The Paramount release is written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof and produced by Bryan Burk through Bad Robot Productions.

Jeffrey Chernov and Skydance Productions' David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake are the executive producers.