Justin Lin, known for helming ‘Fast and Furious 6’ will take over the director’s chair for Star Trek 3, Deadline is reporting. The announcement comes soon after word that Bob Orci, co-writer of JJ-Trek 1 & 2, stepped down from his directorial debut of the third installment of the franchise, which he also penned.
Trek 3 has a new director
After the announcement that Bob Orci would no longer be manning the director’s chair for Star Trek 3, rumors began flying as to who would take his place. Many questions about the switch remain unanswered, but we finally know who will be the next leader of Trek on the silver screen. Justin Lin, who directed ‘Fast and Furious 6’ has reportedly taken over the role. Deadline is reporting that, although several candidates may have been considered, Lin has officially been offered the position:
several top-ranked filmmakers were in contention, but I’m told that Lin was the only one offered the job. He is available because he was going to direct the sequel to The Bourne Legacy spinoff with Jeremy Renner, but that film got postponed when Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass agreed to do another installment of The Bourne Identity, which Universal wants to come first.
Bob Orci will remain on the project as writer and producer. No word yet on whether any changes to the script have been or will be made, although that seems unlikely this late in the game if Paramount is hoping for a 50th Anniversary 2016 release date.
Rumors are abound that Paramount has expressed a desire for Star Trek 3 to be “more like Guardians of the Galaxy”, which is unsurprising given the films huge international success. But, what does that mean for Star Trek 3, and how might Lin deliver on that? If the rumors are true, you might prepare yourself now for more Keenser, more comedy, and lots of action (perhaps Lin can replace rolling, exploding cars with rolling, exploding shuttlecraft?).
So, what do you think? Are you excited about Justin Lin taking over the movie franchise? Let us know in the comments.