Breaking – New Director to take over Star Trek 3 (2016)
I was too lazy to report a few weeks ago that Bob Orci had left the director’s chair for the upcoming Star Trek 3 due to unknown circumstances. Since then Hollywood has been abuzz as to who would be his replacement with names such as Duncan Jones and Rupert Wyatt bandied about. Now, according to Deadline and other websites it looks as if Paramount has found their man.
Ever since Orci left the job of helming Star Trek 3 it quickly became one of the most high-profile vacancies in Hollywood so it goes without saying that many names were in the mix considering the size of the franchise. As it turns out it seems as if Paramount has now decided on….Justin Lin.
While Lin’s choice might seem incredibly oddball for many Trek fans the decision isn’t completely without merit. Lin is known as the man who took a floundering Fast & Furious franchise and turned it into a massive box office powerhouse.
Lin helmed Fast and Furious ($363 million global), Fast Five ($626 million global) and Fast & Furious 6 ($788 million global) and in doing so crafted three films which increased box office earnings with each installment. Obviously, the man knows how to craft visually arresting action sequences and it has to be said that he did a decent job working with a massive ensemble cast. Whether or not that past experience translates into crafting an exciting Star Trek movie is the question of the day.
At the same time no one really knows if Lin is going to come in just as a gun for hire and take the existing script and run with it or if he’s going to be given enough creative licence to add his own spin on the franchise. Regardless or not if you are pleased with this announcement I can at least say that the choice of Lin certainly is bold. Remember, just about every Hollywood insider has said that Paramount is aiming for a 2016 release to coincide with Trek’s upcoming 50th Anniversary so Lin really needs to hit the ground running in order to meet that timeframe.
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