Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Star Trek To Go "Beyond" In 2016?

Next year will mark the 50th Anniversary since the original Star Trek series premiered on television. To mark the occasion, Paramount Pictures is naturally planning the next Star Trek movie.

Getting the thirteenth film in the series has been tumultuous so far. JJ Abrams (director of 2009's Star Trek and 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness) will be tied up with the new Star Wars movie until the end of this year and unavailable to direct, though he's staying on as producer along with his production company, Bad Robot. I won't go into all the details of the trouble the film has had getting off the ground so far, but it's included a change in both director and writing team. But with the hiring of Justin Lin (director of four Fast and Furious movies) and both Doug Jung and Simon Pegg as writers, the next Star Trek film seems on course for it's debut next summer.

While I don't know much about Lin or Jung, I personally am a fan of Pegg's work. He's proven himself a strong and witty writer and is a fan of Star Trek. Critically-acclaimed actor Idris Elba is rumored to be the film's villain. So I'm optimistic.

According to TrekMovie, a title may have been set: Star Trek Beyond. Pegg has said that after Into Darkness ventured away from the spirit of the series, he wants to bring the next movie "back to it's roots". Hopefully this title is an indication of the Enterprise crew boldly going instead of staying camped out in Earth's backyard.

I like this possible title and have found myself thinking about each of the previous titles of the Star Trek movies. To be honest, the only one that's not that good is Into Darkness. The Search for Spock is a little too revealing and while Insurrection is an overstated title, it's still kinda cool. So I'm glad that Star Trek Beyond is a good title after the klunker of Star Trek Into Darkness.

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