Paramount Pictures has moved the release date of Star Trek Beyond from July 8 to July 22.
The two-week push will have the latest franchise entry facing off against Warner Bros.’ King Arthur and the animated Ice Age: Collision Course from Fox.
Directed by Justin Lin, the third installment in the rebooted Trek has seen its share of upheavals, with the departure of J.J. Abrams for the Star Wars universe (even though Bad Robot continues to co-produce) and the disagreements between Paramount and Roberto Orci over story. These disagreements were enough for Orci to vacate the director’s chair, even though he remains on board as a producer. Simon Pegg and Doug Jung took over writing duties, and Lin was brought on board as director following his successful turns in the Fast & Furious franchise.
Lin has said he intends for this outing to more closely reflect the exploration aspects of the original series, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016. The show debuted on September 8, 1966 with “The Man Trap” following NBC’s order of a second pilot episode, “Where No Man Has Gone Before”.