They have been rebooted. They have gone Into Darkness. Now Kirk, Spock, Uhura and the rest of the USS Enterprise crew will go Beyond. Director Justin Lin has revealed the first image from the set of the new film, scheduled to be released on July 8, 2016. In doing so, he confirmed the rumored title and announced that filming is underway.
— Justin Lin (@justinlin) June 29, 2015
Though it has been rumored for weeks, this photo from Lin is official confirmation that “Star Trek 3” is entitled Star Trek Beyond. The title is following the style of 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, a strange trend that turns the Trek in the title into a verb. I am more fond of Star Trek Beyond over Into Darkness, as it sounds more like a natural subtitle. Beyond also denotes what the film will hopefully be about. Lin recently spoke about the third Star Trek film, and it looks to follow the legacy of older Trek with actual space exploration:
“As great as JJ’s films were, there’s still a lot to be mined from these characters. They haven’t really gone on their five-year mission, so what we experienced in the TV show hasn’t been touched on yet. That sets up an opportunity for exploration and the deeper you go, the more you are examining humanity. Those are the things that I absorbed as a kid and hope to tap into and embrace and celebrate.”
While Into Darkness is a fun action movie, many complained it wasn’t Trek-y enough. It has been said that 2009’s Star Trek was more Star Wars than Trek (it only makes sense that JJ Abrams has traveled to a galaxy far far away.) Though the emphasis on action is not bad, fans of the franchise are hoping for more space exploration and science-fiction (vs. science fantasy) in future Star Trek films.
Though hiring the director of Fast & Furious (films 3-6 in the franchise) seems to go against the Trekkies desires, Lin seems to be saying all the right things in regards to the direction of the franchise. Speaking to Deadline, Lin made it known that he is not only a fan of the Trek franchise, it was an integral part of his childhood. With a script by Doug Jung and Simon Pegg, and Lin’s directorial skills, Star Trek Beyond has the potential to appeal to mass audiences as well as die-hard Trekkies.
Star Trek Beyond will be released on July 8, 2016 (the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek TV series). The film will be directed by Justin Lin, written by Doug Jung and Simon Pegg, and will star Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and John Cho. Though it has yet to be confirmed, it has been reported (and I am hoping) that Idris Elba will be joining the cast in a villainous role.