‘Star Trek 3’ is Now Officially ‘Star Trek Beyond’

By June 30, 2015

Although the title of the sequel to Star Trek Into Darkness has been rumored for awhile, we now have confirmation straight from the director: the new film is entitled Star Trek Beyond. See the tweet from director Justin Lin below.

Coinciding with the franchise’s fiftieth anniversary next year, Star Trek Beyond will take place in a very interesting time for the crew of the Starship Enterprise under the command of Captain James T. Kirk. As was promised at the conclusion of the last film, the crew is embarking on a five-year mission of deep space exploration, where their goal is to quite literally go off the map, and explore uncharted space. The five-year mission is also of the same duration and intent that the crew of the Enterprise under Kirk were undertaking during all three seasons of the original “Star Trek” series, so the movie does have the potential to either explore elements of previous episodes, or head off in an entirely new direction. The concept of the five-year mission basically makes anything possible.

Star Trek Beyond reunites all of the principle cast members from the first two films directed by J.J. Abrams: Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Commander Spock, Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy, Zoe Saldana as Lieutenant Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, John Cho as Lieutenant Sulu, and Anton Yelchin as Ensign Chekov. The screenplay is written by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, and will be produced by J.J. Abrams Bad Robot Productions and Skydance Productions for release by Paramount Pictures. Justin Lin (Fast & Furious, “True Detective”) takes over as director, and the film will be released on July 8th, 2016, exactly two months prior to the exact fiftieth anniversary of the Star Trek franchise. NBC aired the first broadcast episode of the original series, “The Man Trap,” on September 8th, 1966.

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