With eight months to go before release, rarely do you know so little about a major blockbuster (easily one of the top 5 movies to be released next year) that you don’t even know its title several months after filming has wrapped, its synopsis, who the villain or major threat is going to be (though it does now look like we only expect it to be Khan) or have an official still or trailer to view. But that’s where we are with J.J. Abrams’ much-anticipated and super secret Star Trek 2, a movie that the wonderful master of mystery is pulling out all the stops to make next year’s viewing experience as surprising to us as he can. I really think he would just prefer to open the movie tomorrow without anyone knowing any of the above.
Of course he’s got no chance of that and we will know all the above things before May 2013. In fact, one of them might have just slipped out right now;
Coming Soon reports on the rumour that the movie will be titled Star Trek Into Darkness, or probably Star Trek: Into Darkness (though we did hear from screenwriter Damon Lindelof that they were terrified of using the colon title as they think fans associate it with a time where Trek movies were just for Trekkies). Their source for the rumour is the fact Markmonitor, a anonymous domain registry service that is used by Paramount Pictures (such as G.I. Joe: Retaliation recently), has registered the URLs www.startrekintodarkness.com and www.startrekintodarknessmovie yesterday.
This is a common way of us finding out official titles for movies. Two years ago, we actually broke the news that the new James Bond movie would be titled “Skyfall” by this very method.
Though we have to remember that J.J. Abrams is a very clever and smart man. We wouldn’t put it past him to have come up with this scheme (which in the end has only cost Paramount a few dollars) as a way of trying to put us off the scent of the real title. Or it could just be a marketing campaign for the sequel (perhaps the tagline is “Star Trek Into Darkness” which would make sense as the title feels awkward to read outloud without a colon) or maybe it’s something to do with the video game.
However, we do know the next Trek movie is going to be bigger and darker than the previous (such is the official word on every blockbuster sequel in the history of cinema) and the title would make sense for that. I’m not all that fond of it personally but it’s purpose is to get me intrigued to see the film, which it definitely does.
Star Trek Into Darkness (possibly) will open in cinemas on May 17th, 2013 in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D.
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller with a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Damon Lindelof. J.J. Abarms directs.
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