‘Star Trek’ Sequel Title A Struggle For Damon Lindelof

'There have been more conversations about what we're going to call it than went into actually shooting it at this point,' co-producer tells MTV News.

Damon Lindelof‘s co-hosting gig during MTV News’ live stream from San Diego Comic-Con offered not only an opportunity to pick his brain about every big topic in nerd-dom, but also to check up on some of his most hotly anticipated projects.

Chief among those would have to be the still very untitled “Star Trek” sequel. Fans have been eagerly awaiting the reveal of the title, and co-producer Lindelof and company have been plugging away at figuring out the name. “There have been more conversations about what we’re going to call it than went into actually shooting it at this point,” he said.

The problem, as Lindelof discussed, is that “Star Trek 2″ can’t be the title, since there’s already “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” “That was the genius of Nolan. There was ‘Batman Begins,’ and now they’re just going to be the ‘Dark Knights’ and not going to have 2′s,” he said. “It’s hard to do movies without colons. I’m not talking about the colon that’s in my body that I use for digestion.”

With numbers off the table, there’s always the trusty colon, but Lindelof said they want to steer away from that trend. “There’s no word that comes after the colon after ‘Star Trek’ that’s cool,” he said. “Not that ‘Star Trek: Insurrection’ or ‘First Contact’ aren’t good titles, it’s just that everything that people are turned off about when it comes to ‘Trek’ is represented by the colon.”

J.J. Abrams and Lindelof’s co-writers have kept a running email chain of every potential title that’s been tossed around, including many joke titles. Of those, Lindelof likes “Star Trek: Transformers 4″ the best “because it’s technically available.”

Aside from the mystery surrounding the title, there’s, of course, the intrigue about who Benedict Cumberbatch is playing. Karl Urban recently stated in an interview that Cumberbatch will be playing the telekinetic Gary Mitchell; whether that’s true or not was something he wasn’t supposed to say.

Lindelof hesitated to comment on the slip or Urban’s promised YouTube surprise, but he said he understands that these things happen.

“I think Karl is off the reservation, as they say in the CIA. I love him, and he is a genius, and I heard ‘Dredd’ paid huge,” Lindelof said. “This is the thing about keeping secrets, which is sooner or later, it’s going to come out because somebody said something and hopefully that doesn’t happen on camera or formally in an interview. I don’t begrudge Karl or anything that he said because this is his story too, but I will not confirm or deny anything that he said.”

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