Is 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Grammatically Incorrect? JJ Apologizes

Star Trek Into Darkness has been causing quite a stir online, though it's nothing to do with the film itself, which has largely been praised by critics. Speaking on his and Simon Mayo's radio show on BBC5 Live, Mark Kermode brought up a debate stirring in the Twitter world about the movie's title, before putting it to director JJ Abrams during a phone interview.

Kermode noted that many fans had been left disappointed by the title Into Darkness because Star Trek cannot go into darkness, or anything for that matter. A colon would have sorted this out and detached the two parts of the title, though Abrams argued that it shouldn't be taken too literally and that it only referred to Star Trek as an entity that could move into a darkening periods, "I'd like to start with an apology, I didn't mean to cause.[a fight]" he told Kermode. 

Upon discovering that the movie had no colon, one Twitter user, "If "Star Trek Into Darkness" (yup, no colon) is really the name they've chosen for the Abrams sequel, someone needs to slap JJ with a fish." Another said, "Star Trek Into Darkness is the official name of the Star Trek sequel. Should there have been a colon?"

Abrams has made no secret of the fact he wasn't exactly a Star Trek super-fan in his youth and explained in the latest interview, "I always found the original series a little static, a little talky, a little exclusive. I couldn't find my way in. It was important for me when I started on the first film that the characters had a little more vulnerability." He was also asked about his reluctance to shoot in 3-D (although the studio got their wish for Into Darkness), saying, "To me the movies I've loved all my life were movies that frankly transcended 2-D or 3-D.I understand the economics and why the studios like it, but if it's not approached [correctly] it ends up being a flimsy marketing ploy."

Star Trek Into Darkness, starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, hits cinemas in the UK today (May 10, 2013).

Watch the Star Trek Into Darkness trailer here!

Benedict CumberbatchBenedict Cumberbatch At The Star Trek Into Darkness Premiere In London

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Chris Pine At The Star Trek Into Darkness Premiere

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Alice Eve At The London Premiere Of Star Trek Into Darkness

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Cast of Star Trek Into Darkness At The London Premiere


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