The Next 'Trek' Sequel Is Called 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

Sunday, 09 September 2012 11:53 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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The Next 'Trek' Sequel Is Called 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

Throughout the long development, production, and now post-production on the sequel to his 2009 Star Trek reboot-prequel-thing, director J.J. Abrams has been leaning pretty hard on his usual mystery box technique.  Less than a year out from release, and details are still scant.  We don't know who the bad guy is, and until now, we had no idea what the film would be titled.

Now we know, though.  The sequel will apparently be titled Star Trek Into Darkness.

As you can see, the moniker does away with the usual colon-utilization of past Trek movies such as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.  Instead, it goes with a surprisingly literal use of trek.  It's more than a little goofy, but the Original Series also had its share of goofiness.  Still, it's a bit unwieldy and not terribly evocative.

Despite this being the twelfth installment in the theatrical Trek franchise, we've generally been referring to it as Star Trek 2 in deference to the rebootiness and for the sake of brevity. 

News of the Star Trek Into Darkness title first showed up thanks to Coming Soon, which noted that both "startrekintodarkness" and "startrekintodarknessmovie" domain names were both freshly registered.  Trek Movie, meanwhile, confirmed the title with multiple sources.

Still, Paramount Pictures and Abrams's Bad Robot production company have yet to officially comment on the title.  Not surprisingly, considering the mystery box approach, keeping every bit of information totally secret.  So we don't know absolutely for sure if Star Trek Into Darkness will stick, but it's looking that way.

Abrams directs and produces again, working from a screenplay by returning duo Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci, along with Prometheus co-writer and Lost executive producer Damon Lindelof.

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Karl Urban are all back as Kirk, Spock, and Bones, along with Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Simon Pegg, and Anton Yelchin as Uhura, Sulu, Scotty, and Chekov, respectively.  They're joined by newcomers like Alice Eve and Peter Weller in as-yet unspecified roles.  Benedict Cumberbatch, then, is playing the villain, about whom we know really nothing.

Star Trek Into Darkness arrives in 3D on May 17, 2013, so pick up some Rogue 3D Eyewear in time for next summer.

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