J.J. Abrams' Star Trek sequel gets an officially weird title

As Star Trek celebrates its 46th birthday (the original series premiered on Sept. 8, 1966), we've finally gotten wind of the title for the upcoming movie known until now as Star Trek 2.

Director J.J. Abrams' follow-up to his 2009 Star Trek reboot, known unofficially as Star Trek 2, is called Star Trek Into Darkness. And yes, we've typed that correctly—there's no colon in between Star Trek and Into Darkness.

Although the news has not been officially confirmed by Paramount Pictures, TrekMovie declared that to be the title after Coming Soon uncovered that the studio had registered the domains www.startrekintodarkness.com and www.startrekintodarknessmovie.com.

It was also TrekMovie that first announced that a title had been chosen, after Abrams and his team had tested a long list of potential names—including one that didn't even use the phrase Star Trek. The site's original reporting said specifically that the title would not include a colon, breaking away from past offerings like Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Nemesis.

So what exactly does Star Trek Into Darkness mean? For one thing, without a colon, "trek" becomes a verb for the first time in the franchise's history—but what kind of "darkness" are they "trekking" into? The void of deep space? A dark night of the soul? A Chris Nolan-style "darker, gritter" Star Trek? No one is saying at this point.

All we have to go on are recent comments from stars Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, with the former calling the movie's menace more frightening and the latter calling the movie "bigger and bolder."

All will be revealed when Star Trek Into Darkness arrives on May 17, 2013. But meanwhile, what do you think of the title? Should there be a colon in there?

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