Paramount Shuffles 'Star Trek Beyond' Release Date

Star Trek Into Darkness U.S.S. Enterprise - H 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness U.S.S. Enterprise - H 2013

The tentpole still opens in July 2016.

The next Star Trek installment has been pushed back two weeks by Paramount, the studio said on Thursday. 

The film, directed by Justin Lin, is now set for a July 22, 2016 release, a date that also includes Fox's next Ice Age sequel and Warner Bros.' Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur.

Sources say the move is designed to give Star Trek Beyond a better chance at getting a berth in Imax theaters. In its old date (July 8), Star Trek would have had to forgo an Imax run because of Tarzan, which Warners opens on July 1.

Another source says Warners' King Arthur, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Charlie Hunnam as the legendary ruler, could end up moving off of the July 22 date (if it doesn't, Imax is committed to playing that film).

From Paramount and Skydance, the third outing in the revitalized Star Trek series returns franchise stars Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Anton Yelchin, while Idris Elba joins the cast.