Starting from, oh, just about now, we all need to stop going around calling J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek sequel Star Trek 2, because we just learned that’s NOT what it’s going to be called.
During an interview with actress Zoe Saldana, who plays the new U.S.S. Enterprise’s communications officer, Lt. Nyota Uhura, in Abrams’ very successful alternate-reality-based reboot of the franchise, Access Hollywood has revealed that the sequel definitely won’t be called Star Trek 2.
Here’s the article’s revealing excerpt:
“I know it’s gonna be amazing. We still haven’t gotten a script yet,” she said of progress on the film, which Access has confirmed with a source will begin shooting in mid-January, and won’t be called Star Trek 2. “We’re very excited to read it and get back into space.”
Which—you’ll all agree — totally makes sense because a) J.J. Abram’s Star Trek (2009) was actually the 11th entry in the franchise and b) sequels usually have a more elaborate title than ”Whatheverthisfilmis” Part 2 (though it’s been known to happen—take Jaws 2, for example). And also, that’s just not how Star Trek rolls.
So what will the new Trek sequel be called, then?
That’s the big mystery for now, because no one knows what the sequel will be about just yet—we know only that it’ll be (of course) about the further adventures of Capt. James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and the crew of the Starship Enterprise, once again boldly going where no one’s gone before.
What we can all bet on, though, is that the new Star Trek will have some sort of subtitle along the lines of Star Trek : [insert-something-very-relevant-to-the-film here]. Maybe the film’s numeral will be included in the title, like Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, or maybe it’ll be completely dropped, as they did starting with Star Trek: Generations. (In fact, as you may already know, the whole number business was dropped entirely when they continued the Star Trek films with the Next Generation cast.)
We can also be sure that the title for Star Trek 2 (okay, we’re saying it for the last time, promise) is probably gonna be one of the very last things we learn about the upcoming Trek film. Don’t you agree?