The next installment in the venerable Star Trek franchise is called Into Darkness and will be released this summer. The official trailer has hit the theaters. Richard and I saw it when we took in The Hobbit a few weeks ago, and it looks awesome.
I think the original Star Trek characters — Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Scotty, and Sulu — are in very good hands with J.J. Abrams at the helm, and the new cast is excellent. In the first Abrams-directed episode, the film changed history and thereby veered away from the Star Trek back stories that would otherwise have limited the possible story lines in the new version. I expect Abrams to spring all kind of surprises, and that sounds good to me.
The new film looks like it takes a long and pointed look at the arrogance and overconfidence of one James T. Kirk, and that’s a story that definitely needs telling. I can’t wait!