News about the plot for the third reboot film in the Star Trek franchise has been very scarce these last few months, but with shooting planned to start very soon it may be possible that we’ll see bits and pieces of information pop up in the coming weeks. Directed by Justin Lin (Furious 6) and co-written by Simon Pegg, who will also be reprising his role as Scotty, the movie may very well have been given a title.
The title in question is Star Trek Beyond and has been revealed by TrekMovie on “good authority.” The title has been registered with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which is a necessary step before a movie’s release and also something that would be considered around this stage of production. The title reveal is a little suspicious on its own considering Bad Robot, the studio behind the film, has a reputation for secrecy and pretense, but it certainly fits the overarching theme for the film that has been described by Pegg and others close to the film.
Pegg has said many times over that this film is meant to recapture the joy of discovery that was the foundation of The Original Series, as well as really explore the final frontier in a way we haven’t seen done in the reboots. The Star Trek universe is so incredibly vast and it truly begs for further exploration than the limited reaches we’ve gone to with Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness. Here’s what Pegg had to say to The Guardian about his plans:
…It’s a story about frontierism and adventure and optimism and fun, and that’s where we want to take it, you know. Where no man has gone before – where no one has gone before, sensibly corrected for a slighter more enlightened generation. But yeah, that’’ the mood at the moment.
Star Trek Beyond really does imply that we’ll be going beyond what we already know in the alternate timeline for the Federation, and perhaps back to its roots, which is all the more fitting considering we’re heading into the franchise’s 50th anniversary in 2016.
Ultimately the title is only speculation based in logic at this point and we’ll have to wait for more official information to run with it, but it does line up with what we know so far from those involved. More news should come in the next few months with principle photography beginning very soon. Star Trek XIII is expected to hit theaters July 8, 2016.