Since JJ Abrams rebooted the Star Trek franchise back in 2009, everyone has been speculating what he would name his first sequel. Well not everyone. Some people. Okay only a few people have been speculating. And even then only when they were on their own.
Calling his first movie, Star Trek, the eleventh in the franchise, was so simple and elegant. After 30 years of colons finally they could start fresh. It seems the colon is gone for good as the new title seems to be Star Trek Into Darkness.
This has yet to be confirmed by Paramount although domain names have been registered and those almost always reliable “sources” at Trekmovie indicate this title is locked. It’s at least reassuring that they’ll be going into darkness. Space as always played quite a large part in Star Trek and primarily it tends to be dark albeit with little twinkly bits.
Dark has been on trend in terms of movies with The Dark Knight Rises, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and er…Dark Shadows all released in recent times. It is the first time the words Star Trek have been incorporated into a wider sentence within a title. And that’s not awkward at all. Nope. Not even a little bit.
Perhaps they are attempting to evoke Heart of Darkness and the film will see Kirk wandering into the wilderness to find a mad rogue general, only to find madness in himself. Or something like that.
It’s good to finally have some information available. The current incarnation of Star Trek is big on secrets. With less than a year until release, the lack of detail is astounding. Other than the primary cast, the characters being portrayed by the new cast are top secret, most notably Benedict Cumberbatch as the villain (although Trekmovie are calling Khan).
Expect a steady drip of details on this project until the trailer is released around the festive period.
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