Paramount announced that they were reconfiguring their future release schedule, partly as a result of effects from the Writer's Strike which just concluded. Usually when films get moved like this, it's a sign that they might suck, but in Star Trek's case, they are moving it from a prime winter holiday spot to an equally important slot in May, 2009, and the start of the lucrutive summer movie season.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
"Star Trek" arguably was the biggest film moved, with the intended Christmas Day release now set for the first prime date in the following summer boxoffice season: May 8, 2009. But "Trek" appears something of an exception in the mix of itinerant pics, with its shift unrelated to script or cast considerations.
" 'Star Trek' is moving to summer because its has so much boxoffice potential," Par spokesman Michael Vollman said. "It does not need any script tweaks. They're two-thirds of the way through shooting, and we would have delivered a great movie at Christmas."
In the picture, the new Spock and the old: Zachary Quinto and Leonard Nimoy.