Hoping for an IMAX hit, Star Trek Beyond changes release dates

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Sep 18, 2015, 2:48 PM EDT

Star Trek Beyond might just be the project that makes the rebooted Star Trek continuity exciting again. It's got a new director in Justin Lin, a script co-written by co-star and supernerd Simon Pegg, and it carries with it some real possibilities for exploration and adventure that could push the film series closer to the beloved original TV show. It could be one of the most exciting sci-fi films of 2016 ... but now we have to wait a little longer to see it.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures has moved Star Trek Beyond's release date from July 8, 2016, to July 22. Why? Well, it turns out the answer's a rather simple business decision: The studio's hoping the film can get an IMAX opening.

See, if it opened on July 8, Beyond would have to contend with Warner Bros.' upcoming Tarzan, which opens July 1 and already has an IMAX bid. By moving to the 22nd, the film has a better chance at an IMAX run, though it is still competing with Warners' Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, which already has an IMAX commitment. According to THR's sources, though, King Arthur could be moving release dates now that a behemoth like Star Trek has moved onto its turf.

So we'll be waiting a couple of more weeks for Trek, but the wait might give us a chance to see it on an even bigger screen.

(Via THR)