'Fast & Furious' Franchise Director Justin Lin to Helm 'Star Trek 3'
After Roberto Orci stepped away from Star Trek 3 as director, Paramount Pictures was left to find a replacement pretty quickly to meet the projected release sometime (presumably late) in 2016 in order to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the creation of the original "Star Trek" series. Now Deadline reports they've zeroed in on their choice with Justin Lin getting the offer for the job. Lin has an open schedule since The Bourne Legacy isn't moving forward until after the next Jason Bourne installment gets off the ground with Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon back in action. But I can't say I'm really excited about this.
Lin is a solid action director with four Fast & Furious films under his belt, but he doesn't seem like he has the right sensibility for a sci-fi franchise like Star Trek. But then again, maybe he's been dying to do something like this for awhile and has something to prove. As long as it's an improvement over Star Trek Into Darkness, that's all that matters, but that's moreso up to the quality of the script, which Orci still has credit for along with Patrick McKay and John D. Payne. This makes me wonder if that means Lin won't return to the Fast & Furious franchise for a multi-part conclusion as was reported earlier this year. It probably depends on how soon Universal wants that to kick off. Stay tuned for more.