Star Trek is often considered one of the greatest science fiction franchises of all time. Like Star Wars and other giants of sci-fi, its characters and storyline have been preserved in television, movies, books, and videogames. The franchise began on television way back in 1966, but there is still an extremely high demand for Spock and Company. In 2009, Paramount Pictures attempted to not only satisfy longtime fans of the series, but to gain new fans as well. With the release of Star Trek, director J.J. Abrams was tasked with carrying the franchise into the 21st century.
Star Trek was a success at the box office, but more importantly, it garnered considerable praise from fans and critics alike. It currently sits at a Metacritic.com rating of 83, which is extremely impressive, especially when the source material is beloved by so many. Star Trek was an action-packed romp through time and space, and with an upcoming sequel in the works, the adventures will certainly continue.
Star Trek Into Darkness is scheduled to release in May of 2013, and it will please fans of the first film to know that nearly every member of the Enterprise crew will be returning. Chris Pine will return as Captain James Kirk, Karl Urban will reprise his role as Leonard Mccoy, and Zachary Quinto will play fan-favorite Spock. Others returning from the first film include Zoe Saldana (Nyota), Anton Yelchin (Chekhov), Simon Pegg (Scotty), and Harold and Kumar’s John Cho (Sulu). A noteworthy addition to the cast is Sherlock Holmes Standout Benedict Cumberbatch, whose role is yet unconfirmed. Rumors indicate that Cumberbatch will serve as the main villain in the movie, but who (or what?) that may be is still in question. J.J. Abrams, the director of the first film, is back at the helm as the director. Star Trek Into Darkness also boasts a strong writing team that includes Alex Kurtzman (Cowboys and Alien, Fringe), and Roberto Orci (Hawaii Five-O).
The story of Star Trek Into Darkness takes place shortly after the events of the first film. The crew is summoned back to Earth, only to find the ruins of a destroyed star fleet and chaos amid the ashes. The world is on the brink of collapse, and it is up to the Enterprise to find the culprit and bring them to justice. According to the film’s director, J.J. Abrams, Captain Kirk has a “personal score to settle.” He also refers to the villain as a “one man weapon of mass destruction”. If that doesn’t qualify as blockbuster material, I don’t know what does. The film should offer plenty of thrills, drama, and intense, action-packed moments, supported by stunning special effects.
Star Trek Into Darkness is being produced by Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures and has not received an MPAA rating as of this posting. There have been no official reviews of the film as of yet, but look for them in the coming weeks. Until then, check back here for the latest news, inside reports, trailers, pictures, and videos.
Written by: Greg Meier
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