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“Star Trek 3” and “Guardians 2” Get Titles – It’s Titles Tuesday!

It’s Tuesday, and everyone knows that Tuesday is the day that studios reveal the official titles of their long anticipated space based projects. What? That’s not true? Ok whatever I’m just trying to tie this stuff together. In any case, we’ve got the official names of the next Star Trek and Guardians of the Galaxy movies.

Let’s start with Trek. Justin Lin has revealed on Twitter by way of a debonair hash tag that the new project is called Star Trek Beyond. This is more or less what Simon Pegg implied a few months back but it’s good to get a little confirmation. Star Trek Beyond began production in Vancouver last week with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban and Simon Pegg returning with the test of the original crew. Pine and Quinto have also already signed on for Star Trek 4, slipping a handsome raise into the contract for good measure.

I’m a big fan of the title. I’m not a huge fan of the colon + random buzz word formula and Star Trek into Darkness was a welcome vacation from the norm. There was a hope that Star Trek Beyond would continue to experiment with the title but a lack of colons altogether is more than enough for me.

Moving right along, we’ve had a double reveal for the title of Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Both Kevin Feige via Collider and James Gunn via Twitter confirmed that the title would be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. For those who didn’t see the first one, the title is a play on Chris Pratt‘s character Peter Quill’s Awesome Mix Volume 1 that acted as the excellent soundtrack for the movie.

Similar to Star Trek Beyond, we have very little concrete information about the movie. We know that Quill will encounter his father and there will be more emotions flying around, while Star Trek promises more action from Pegg and some Klingons.
So now we’ve got the names down, there’s no reason they shouldn’t tell us every other bit of information. So, you know, whenever you’re ready guys.

Star Trek Beyond is set to go boldly on July 8th 2016, while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will land April 28th 2017.

Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine Sign on for “Star Trek 4”

Unless you’re True Detective, if your franchise is going to last it’s largely dependent on the cast sticking around for the long haul. While this is normally a process that happens right at the start or between movies, some key members of the Star Trek crew have already agreed to stay on the bridge for the foreseeable future.

Empire is reporting that Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, who have played Jim Kirk and Spock respectively in the last two Star Trek films, have signed contracts to star in Star Trek 4, while they’re still in the process of making Star Trek 3. Currently titled Star Trek Beyond, the third in the series has just moved into production, so a pledge to carry on for another film is a tremendous show of faith or some other force is at work. By that I mean studio influence, not magic or anything.

It’s not all good faith however. Both Pine and Quinto have negotiated a handsome salary rise for their troubles. There’s no word as yet on whether Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg or any of the other regulars have signed in for Star Trek 4 – The Search for More Money as yet, but there’s every chance that they’ll follow suit. Justin Lin, the new director for Star Trek 3, has made no mention of any future plans either. As for the film itself, we’ve got very little information to go on to measure it’s weight class, apart from insinuations about Klingons and vows from Pegg to get elbow deep in some action thus time around.

There’s obviously no confirmation here that Paramount are even remotely interested in a fourth Trek, so Pine and Quinto’s contracts could be considered more of an just in case insurance policy than anything else. However, if Star Trek 3 can continue the momentum of Into Darkness, it could be a prudent investment indeed.

Would you sign on for Star Trek 4?

One For the Diary – “Star Trek 3″‘s Release Date is Now July 6th 2016

Just a quick update on Star Trek 3 before Christmas Day!

It’s cold out there, it’s real cold. We need something to look forward to, something warm to think about until Spring. Well, we have just the thing. Deadline has reported that just 17 short months from now, on July 6th 2016 to be exact, we will be sitting down in cinemas across the country to watch Star Trek 3.

What’s that? It’s too far away to get excited about? Oh fine then be a grinch about it.

Seriously though, we’re getting a good stream of info on the latest in the franchise that was rebooted in 2009 by J.J. Abrams. After Roberto Orci left the director’s chair and settled into the not-quite-as-luxurious-or-comfortable producer’s chair, we found out after a lengthy vetting process that Fast and Furious director Justin Lin would take the helm. Now, we have a confirmed date of release to along with a new director.

Justin Lin will be joining the "Star Trek 3" team as director. Looks like the lucky hat Robert Rodriguez leant him worked a treat!
Justin Lin will be joining the “Star Trek 3” team as director. Looks like the lucky hat Robert Rodriguez leant him worked a treat!

I’m sure there are still Trekkers out there that will be sobbing into their figgy puddings tomorrow now that the rumours that “Commander Riker”Jonathan Frakes would direct have been effectively photon torpedoed. But a solid release date to pop on the calendar should certainly help.

Well, you won’t be putting it on this year’s calendar, obviously. Just wait until next Christmas and pop it on the 2016 calendar.

Well, that about does it. Merry Christmas, you filthy animals!

Liiiiiiiiiiiin! “Fast 5 + 6” Director Justin Lin to Helm “Star Trek 3”

See what I did in the title there? I made Lin look like Khan – Khaaaaan, right? Ah forget it.

So Star Trek 3 is finally out of its directorial death-grip following the exit of attached director Roberto Orci. Rumours circulated about issues with the plot but no official reason was every really given, let alone whether or not the split was affable.

But with endings come beginnings…not exactly the beginning that I was expecting but that’s OK. Deadline broke the exclusive that fast and furious director Justin Lin will be taking over from Orci to helm the sci-fi franchise.

Lin was on a lot of internet lists for who people thought could succeed Orci, but in spite of that Lin may seem like a strange choice. You could look at his career in the Fast and Furious franchise and paint it as an entirely different animal to J.J. Abrams‘ Star Trek…or any Star Trek for that matter. But I have to say I stand by the lists that Lin is a more than worthy director to take on the Trek (that’s what kids call Star Trek now…I didn’t say they were cool kids).

"Star Trek Into Darkness" grossed over $460 million internationally in 2013. No pressure Lin.
“Star Trek Into Darkness” grossed over $460 million internationally in 2013. No pressure Lin.


Say what you will about The Fast and the Furious, recently the franchise has hit a pretty good rhythm. The earlier films may not have been anything to write home about, but 5 and 6 have stepped into a realm of ridiculousness that whilst silly is undeniably entertaining. Also the one thing that shines through in those more recent films is that Lin of all people knows how to direct an action, and that has almost certainly been the saving grace of those films.

Plus, it’s not like Lin’s gonna have the same writers as the Fast and Furious films. Orci’s script is still in play, and he’s been involved in the revamp since the beginning.

According to Deadline, even though though was a list of directors being considered for the job, including Hot Fuzz‘s Edgar Wright, Lin was the only one offered job. Fortunately Lin has a gap in his schedule since his plans for a Bourne Legacy sequel will play second banana to a Bourne Identity sequel with Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass.

There is of course a potential chain reaction that comes out of Lin’s signing on for Star Trek, and that is the fate of the planned Fast and Furious finale. Will Lin be back for it?

Well in any case, Lin is a solid choice for StarTrek 3 in a director-only role, and it’ll be a blast to see him weave his action magic on the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Was Lin your top choice?