'Fast & Furious' Franchise Director Justin Lin to Helm 'Star Trek 3'

December 22, 2014
Source: Deadline

Justin Lin

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.

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Reader Feedback - 26 Comments


What a great get!! He has already proven his mettle at directing large action sequences and directing ensemble casts. I am very happy and excited by this news. I just hope he is still able to squeeze in the last couple FF films.

DAVIDPD on Dec 22, 2014


The "ensemble casts" you're referring to are all B-grade actors/actresses mostly because his movies are not that great.

Rock n Rollllll on Dec 23, 2014


Yeh I love all the "Ensemble cast" talk. A bunch of b rates who cannot act well. Does Vin entertain me? YES, can he act well? NO. That goes for every one in those movies. I fear for the franchise.

Brian Sleider on Dec 23, 2014


No kidding. Its laughable.

Rock n Rollllll on Dec 24, 2014


Hrm........FnF is high caliber B-rate. I do not feel this guy is the right fit at all.

Brian Sleider on Dec 22, 2014


Indeed! Couldnt of said it better myself.

Rock n Rollllll on Dec 23, 2014


I don't know what's worse: Justin Lin or Johnathan Frakes. I don't suppose it matters if the script isn't up to par anyway

syntaxterror on Dec 22, 2014


There was absolutely nothing wrong with Jonathan Frakes as a director. He was actually one of their better directors. His only problem is that he can't seem to see areas of improvement in the story. He strikes me as a "yes" man. He get's the script. He likes it. He directs according to the script. He does it on budget and on schedule. He doesn't go much further than that. He doesn't have to. That's not really his job. That's the big difference between him and say Nicholas Myers who is a writer and will take a screenplay and make sure it's solid, even though, again, that's not really his job.

David Klecker on Dec 22, 2014


Uh oh, not looking good...

ff on Dec 22, 2014


This is good news. Im so glad OrciI isn't directing. Hopefully the script is good.

cs on Dec 22, 2014


Oh hell yes. They only got better and better under him as he got more experienced. Best of all, he's great at utilizing ensemble casts. High hopes.

OfficialJab on Dec 22, 2014


Lin will do fine. I'm just happy Orci isn't doing it.

Nielsen700 on Dec 22, 2014


Good move. Lin has been improving a lot over the years. He has experience making big budget action filled blockbusters with ensemble casts. He is infinitely more prepared for this job than Orci was.

Chris Groves on Dec 23, 2014


Why this guy? this is so bad.

Pincode on Dec 23, 2014


I really wanted the Bourne Legacy 2 with Renner again:( Bummer

SkyNet300 on Dec 23, 2014


Lin knows action scenes so why not him. This reboot franchise is mainly about the action anyway. Lol no reason to complain this far out.

SkyNet300 on Dec 23, 2014


Star Trek isnt about fast cars and fighting. JJ Abrams does everything opposite of Lin, and thats producing A-list actors, great scripts, and great choreography.

Rock n Rollllll on Dec 23, 2014


The F&F franchise is the worst kind of pointless, witless, feckless cinematic drivel. The first one was just a pale imitation of Point Break remade with cars instead of surf boards. Sadly, the new Star Trek franchise will now not live long and prosper.

Richard Marsden on Dec 23, 2014


Ugh, this is horrible news. Also, what was so bad about Into Darkness? I thought it was an excellent sequel. How in the hell did J.J. approve this?

Sparky on Dec 23, 2014


Well there goes that franchise.

Rock n Rollllll on Dec 23, 2014


Yeesh. F&F director on ST? Welp. Ok then. Worried but withholding judgment. Seems like he's kind of a Michael Bay in training... best not screw up my Trek Lin. Prove my worry unwarranted please.

avconsumer2 on Dec 23, 2014


I can't wait to see the Enterprise take a Klingon photon torpedo to the underside and flip over 15 times, just as Kirk and Spock jump from the saucer section onto a fast moving shuttlecraft in the nick of time, while Uhura and Sulu shoot out the Kilingon's impulse drive, causing it to spin out and careen to the edge of an asteroid!!!

theslayer5150 on Dec 23, 2014


LMAO! Beautiful.

Rock n Rollllll on Dec 23, 2014


Excitedly nervous.

Xerxexx on Dec 23, 2014


I look forward to see Capt. Kirk, with his new android blue-faced girlfriend, and a very mad alternate bearded Mr Spock speed along a deserted path in a small damaged shuttlecraft. Three ugly disgruntled male Klingons and two androgynous Faggadykes, with their sprooced up hover-bikes, wreak havoc through a post apocalyptic ruins on a large moon populated by Tribbles and Politicionions.

CptGrimsdale on Dec 24, 2014


GET BACK TO THE ORIGINAL TIMELINE ALREADY!!! I'm tired of this "Back to the Future Alternate 1985" crap!

Brian Beard on May 7, 2015

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