J.J. Abrams Taking a 'Star Trek Into Darkness' as Sequel's Official Title
J.J. Abrams' 2009 reboot of the Star Trek series surprised a lot of people, myself included. With it's excellent casting, breakneck pacing, great sense of scale, and wonderfully adventurous tone, Abrams crafted a new take on a legendary science fiction property that could be enjoyed by diehard fans and newcomers alike. We've all been anxiously awaiting the sequel, wondering if this could be Abrams' equivalent to The Dark Knight after Star Trek's Batman Begins, and while most of the production has been shrouded in that typical Abrams mystery, TrekMovie learned Star Trek Into Darkness is the sequel's title. More below!
This news leaked late on Friday, and Deadline recently confirmed it as well, but Paramount has yet to officially comment on the title. I'm sure they were planning on a more controlled release, perhaps with a poster or logo (like The Avengers), but even filmmakers like J.J. Abrams and Christopher Nolan can't keep everything a secret. They've done a good enough job keeping us guessing about Benedict Cumberbatch's role, so in the long run I bet they're happy that it was only something as simple as a title that slipped through the cracks (at least for now).
Many are not pleased with Star Trek Into Darkness as a new title (it's the lack of a colon that's throwing a lot of people off), but I was such a huge fan of the 2009 movie that I'm willing to give this one the benefit of the doubt and ultimately judge the movie for the movie, instead of nitpicking a title months beforehand. The Dark Knight Rises title announcement caused a few snickers in the blogosphere, but eventually most of us came around to it. I'm guessing the same will happen here, but I'm more excited to see what Abrams and his team have for us when the actual movie hits the big screen on May 17th, 2013. Thoughts?