We know, we know. Star Trek Into Darkness isn’t even out yet, and we’re already talking about the third movie. Blame series writer Damon Lindelof, who dropped some hints in a recent interview regarding what a third rebooted Star Trek flick might look like.
The most interesting hint about the third Star Trek film is that it might feature a central (and antagonistic) role for the Klingon race.
Despite featuring in nearly every film from the original Star Trek series, Klingons were mysteriously absent from the 2009 reboot. Writers and producers promised that the fan-favorite alien race would feature to some degree in the sequel, but it seems that they’ll be set up for a central role in the third film.
“You can never see enough Klingons, and I think in this film we’ve given the audience a little taste, but there’s also a promise that there’s a larger conflict on the horizon, and that would be fun to see,” Lindelof teased.
When prodded further, he simply answered: “Draw your own conclusions my friend. I confirm nothing and deny all.”
So how could Klingons feature, based on Lindelof’s revelations? Will it be a minor group of antagonistic Klingons a la Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, or could it be all out war between the Federation and the alien race? Does Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain somehow set up that conflict in Into Darkness with his terrorist ways?
First thing is first: Star Trek Into Darkness has to be a massive hit (which it looks like it will be). Then, they have to figure out who is going to direct a third film in the franchise. With J.J. Abrams jumping ship for the Star Wars universe, it seems unlikely he’ll return (unless you’re willing to wait another four years).
Would you like to see Klingons take a more central role in the third Star Trek film?