J.J. Abrams’ STAR TREK Sequel Titled STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

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Though production wrapped a few months ago, director J.J. Abramssequel to his stellar 2009 reboot Star Trek has been unsurprisingly shrouded in a heavy veil of secrecy.  We know literally nothing about the plot, we haven’t seen any official images, and we still don’t know for sure what baddie Benedict Cumberbatch is playing.  With the film’s May release date looming closer and the holiday movie season getting ready to begin, we’re likely to have a better idea of what to expect fairly soon.

It’s fitting that today, the 46th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series, we get our first big major reveal from the film: it’s title.  Apparently Abrams’ heretofore-untitled Star Trek sequel will hit theaters as a colonless Star Trek Into Darkness.  Hit the jump for more.

jj-abrams-star-trek-2-sequel-into-the-darknessThrough much debate and discussion among the film’s creative team, TrekMovie has confirmed with multiple sources that Star Trek Into Darkness is the title that Abrams and co. have settled on.  The absence of a colon in the title is by design, but it feels a bit off for the Star Trek franchise.  It doesn’t exactly roll off the tounge as easily as, say, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, or even Addams Family Values.  At the end of the day, though, it’s just a title and it has little to do with the actual quality of the film.  However, this reveal does hint at some rather dire circumstances that may surround the central plot of the follow-up.  Cumberbatch is one hell of an actor, and if said darkness refers to the threat he poses against the crew of the Enterprise then it’s not a stretch to believe that Kirk, Spock, etc. are in for some trouble.

Apparently the creative team is still figuring out exactly how to officially unveil this title, but it’s expected to occur soon.  We’ll likely get a teaser poster of some sort to announce the impending darkness, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw the first trailer attached to Paramount’s December actioner Jack Reacher or November’s Flight.  Until then, sound off in the comments with your thoughts on the follow-up’s title and how it may figure into the film’s story.  Click here to catch up on all of our previous coverage.  Star Trek Into Darkness opens in 3D on May 17th, 2013.

[Correction: I previously inserted my own "the" for some reason in the title, but the correct title is now reflected]

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  • El Alto

    Disappointed if only for the fact that we’ll also have “Thor: Dark World” too. Plus, it sounds a little on the emo side of things with that Hollywood trend of Dark > Not Dark.

    Still, I’m looking foreword to it. Let’s hope JJ can break that “every other star trek movie sucks” curse.

  • El Alto

    Disappointed if only for the fact that we\’ll also have “Thor: Dark World” too. Plus, it sounds a little on the emo side of things with that Hollywood trend of Dark > Not Dark.

    Still, I\’m looking foreword to it. Let’s hope JJ can break that “every other star trek movie sucks” curse.

  • guest

    I’m happy with the title. I’m so excited to see Cumberbatch in this I don’t care what the title is called. I’d

  • cruio

    Other sites are reporting “Star Trek Into Darkness”.

    • Adam Chitwood

      That was my mistake, brain fart. I’ve corrected the article. Thanks for the heads up.

      • Dan Geer

        Aha. Corrected.

  • cruio

    Other sites are reporting “Star Trek Into Darkness”. Are they wrong?

    • Dan Geer

      That’s right. Even the site Collider sources says it’s “Into Darkness.”

  • Al

    Rodenberry would have NEVER NEVER called it that. Star Trek was about a better future it would never go into the darkness…. (sigh)

  • Max

    What about Star Trek Generations? No colon there.

  • João Paulo

    I like the title sounds very promising

  • will

    I like the title, but I would have actually dropped the “Star”. “Trek Into Darkness” really rolls off the tongue. The “Star” is one syllable too many. It still would have been recognizable to fans, in the way that “The Dark Knight” was recognizable to Batman fans.

  • ScaredForMovies

    Star Trek Into Darkness of the Moon. Just kidding. I honestly don’t care what the title is as long as the movies good. Hopefully really good.

    • Weeks

      How about Star Trek Into Darkness of the Moon Over Bourbon Street Blues?

  • Nomis1700

    I expect a teaser with Skyfall. That one is gonna bring a sh!itload of money!!! And maybe a second trailer with The Hobbit??

  • Masshuu il Thulcandra

    Gary Mitchell it is then.

  • Lob Taylor

    Couldn’t care less about the title…I know its gonna rock.
    Get me to the Trailer already!

  • Eric

    I don’t understand why there has not been at the very least a teaser poster release. If I remember correctly, Star Trek’s marketing campaign started almost a year out of the film’s actual release. The teaser trailer came out hella early.

    Anyone know what gives?

    • Titus

      The super-early promotional campaign for “Star Trek” may have been a by-product of the fact that it was originally slated for a Winter 2008 release. Then it was pushed back to May 2009, so they had it done for quite some time before it actually came out.

      Of course, they’ve also had filming completed for quite some time for this film too, but this time they knew it wouldn’t be released until May 2013.

    • tom

      the teaser poster for the first movie came out earlier because the movie was supposed to come out earlier. it was supposed to be released in december of ’08, then got pushed back to may of ’09 so as not to anger space jesus

  • Michael Horne

    My suggestion: Star Trek: Into the Dark
    Losing the colon is a shame!

    • Ceridius

      Yes yes yes!

  • Joseph M

    That’s that all sorted. Title, trailer in December, Gary Mitchell’s got a gripe and taking Star Trek Into Darkness on May 17. Now when will the WWZ people finally manage a teaser trailer?

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  • Ceridius

    Not a fan of the title, but they could have at least put a colon? It just feels weird. I know Star Trek is fairly literal but it feels like I’m reading a bout an actual star trek into somewhere that’s dark and not the iconic Star Trek.

    For example, Star Trek: Dead Babies sounds okay. But probably not Star Trek Into A Galaxy Made of Dead Babies. Excuse the subject matter.

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  • Lakeisha

    Truly when someone doesn’t know then its up to other viewers that they will help, so here it happens.

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