Justin Lin finally speaks about the next Star Trek movie, and how the decision to direct the film was an emotional one.
“Do you like Star Trek”?
Lin has said very little about Star Trek Beyond since taking the directorial reins in January. That changed today, when he was at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles to have his hands immortalized in cement.
Speaking to Deadline Hollywood’s Mike Fleming (who notes that the film is “three weeks out” from production), Lin talked about how the offer was made:
I was in the last week shooting True Detective when JJ Abrams called last December…He asked me, do you like Star Trek? If you do, you should take this, be bold, and just go for it.’
“I was the Star Trek kid”
Lin also discussed how the decision to direct the film was far more than a career move:
I thought about how much a part of my life Star Trek was. Growing up, my parents had this little fish and chips restaurant in Anaheim in the shadows of Disneyland, and they didn’t close until 9 PM. As a family, we didn’t eat dinner until 10 PM, and we would watch the original Star Trek every night at 11. My dad worked 364 days a year, only took Thanksgiving off, and from age 8 to 18, the only time I could hang out with my parents was by staying late. And every night, it was Star Trek on Channel 13 in L.A. That was my childhood. All my friends were Star Wars kids but I didn’t go to the movies, so I was the Star Trek kid. Thinking about this, it became a very personal and very emotional decision.
“An opportunity for exploration”
Lin is looking forward to taking this crew into new territory and doing what Star Trek does best:
They haven’t really gone on their five-year mission, so what we experienced in the TV show hasn’t been touched on yet. That sets up an opportunity for exploration and the deeper you go, the more you are examining humanity. Those are the things that I absorbed as a kid and hope to tap into and embrace and celebrate.
Strange new worlds
There has been a great deal of speculation regarding the plot of the film, and whether it would revisit more characters and situations from TOS or be something more original. Lin states that the crew of the Enterprise will truly be seeking out new life and new civilizations:
It’s all new and fresh. The Klingons, Romulans and other species are great, but it’s time to go further. It has been fun to focus on creating whole new worlds and species.”
Lin goes on to talk about how he feels leaving the Fast & Furious franchise, the Chinese film he recently produced, and how his first film was saved by MC Hammer(yeah, you read that right). All that and more can be read right here.
Star Trek Beyond is scheduled for release on July 8, 2016.