Unless the Star Trek sequel will be simply titled Star Trek 2 when it opens in theaters on May 17th 2013, it’s fair to guess that this is not the case and it will be titled with something with more thought and less similarity to Wrath of Khan. Most likely, the title will be “Star Trek: Insert Subtitle Here” or maybe… a title without the words “Star Trek” in it at all.
In an interview with Digital Spy, character actor Noel Clarke (Centurion), who will play a father/family man in the Star Trek sequel, talks about his great experience working on the film for three months in Los Angeles and hopes he doesn’t get cut out of the film. Clarke also teases that there is a title for the sequel and he knows it but won’t say what it is.
In the past 10 years, there have been two trends in titling sequels. The days of simply throwing the number 2 at the end of the original title are almost over. Outside of movies like Iron Man 2 and Spider-Man 2, movie sequel titles go for the colon-subtitle treatment. So X-Men lead to X2: X-Men United instead of “X-Men 2.” The other trend, which seems more in vogue, is titling the sequel without the name of the first movie in it at all. So Batman Begins turns into The Dark Knight instead of “Batman’s Moral Dilemma” or “Batman: Joker’s Wild.”
The Star Trek sequel could go either way but again, it’s very unlikely it will be titled simply Star Trek 2. Word from TrekMovie is that they’ve heard from the movie’s screenwriters that there’s a chance the movie may not contain the words “Star Trek” at all.
Much like every J.J. Abrams project, there is an element of mystery and surprise to it. We probably won’t know the title of the sequel until the first teaser trailer is released. Paramount will not be bringing Star Trek to Comic-Con this year, which is probably when they would’ve announced the title to the sequel.