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Justin Lin talks about what drew him to Star Trek 3 and what he has planned

06.03.2015

We're just several weeks out from the cast of STAR TREK BEYOND finally stepping in front of the cameras and Justin Lin, who helped turn THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise into the juggernaut it is today, took some time out to discuss the upcoming film during a celebration for the 88th anniversary of the TCL Chinese Theater.

Justin Lin got the offer from J.J. Abrams himself who called him while Lin was shooting his episodes of True Detective and asked "do you like Star Trek? If you do, you should take this, be bold, and just go for it." Abrams called the right guy because, as Justin Lin describes it, Star Trek as been a big part of the directors life since he was young:

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.

As for where Justin Lin might take STAR TREK BEYOND, the director obviously didn't give out a lot of details but he did say that exploration of both space and character would be a big part of the sequel.

As great as JJ’s films were, there’s still a lot to be mined from these characters, 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.

J.J. Abrams first STAR TREK film was a fun take on the Star Trek franchise which got a lot of people interested in Star Trek for the first time. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, while entertaining, didn't feel all that much like a Star Trek film. Also, the choice to borrow plot from old Star Trek films felt like a big misstep after all the trouble they went through to set up this new Star Trek universe. Thankfully, Justin Lin agrees and says that STAR TREK BEYOND will be "all new and fresh," and added that "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." That's a good thing to hear, but the proof will be in the pudding when STAR TREK BEYOND premieres on July 8, 2016.

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Extra Tidbit: Which of the twelve existing Star Trek films is your favourite?
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8:33PM on 06/04/2015
Well him being a fan helps build confidence
Well him being a fan helps build confidence
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6:19PM on 06/04/2015
2009's "Star Trek" was cool (with the exception of having Kirk shoot very quickly from cadet to Captain without any explanation) but "Into Darkness" was riddled with script issues (e.g. no real explanation of why John Harrison had to be Khan, and it came off as a retread of "The Wrath of Khan" and what about Khan's magic blood that can cure anything?)

Still, I'm hoping for an actually solid story for the 3rd film that takes the crew on an actual 5-year mission.
2009's "Star Trek" was cool (with the exception of having Kirk shoot very quickly from cadet to Captain without any explanation) but "Into Darkness" was riddled with script issues (e.g. no real explanation of why John Harrison had to be Khan, and it came off as a retread of "The Wrath of Khan" and what about Khan's magic blood that can cure anything?)

Still, I'm hoping for an actually solid story for the 3rd film that takes the crew on an actual 5-year mission.
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10:18AM on 06/04/2015

I love Lin's vision

The Wrath of Khan, but "Star Trek" is a close second in my book.
The Wrath of Khan, but "Star Trek" is a close second in my book.
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7:39AM on 06/04/2015
"As great as JJs films were..."

Confirmation that 'Star Trek' is still in the wrong hands.
"As great as JJs films were..."

Confirmation that 'Star Trek' is still in the wrong hands.
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11:59PM on 06/03/2015

Sound promising

I'm really hyped by this news. I was wary about him taking over but when I consider what he did with the F&F franchise and his expressed love of Star Trek I'm hopeful (as long as it's not F&F 4...gosh that one sucked!!).

And to the extra tidbit, of course the answer is Wrath of Khan.
I'm really hyped by this news. I was wary about him taking over but when I consider what he did with the F&F franchise and his expressed love of Star Trek I'm hopeful (as long as it's not F&F 4...gosh that one sucked!!).

And to the extra tidbit, of course the answer is Wrath of Khan.
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11:04PM on 06/03/2015
I kinda hope this generation is done after this movie. Just a nice solid trilogy. instead of trying to get everyone back together and dealing with missing characters or recasting.

After 3, they should make a new trilogy of Piccard, Riker, Worf, and the rest of them. Then, when the time is right. combine the casts into an epic Star Trek 7.

I also wanna point out that i hope to see Shatner make a cameo in the new movie, he doesnt even have to play kirk, just give him a Stan Lee style cameo
I kinda hope this generation is done after this movie. Just a nice solid trilogy. instead of trying to get everyone back together and dealing with missing characters or recasting.

After 3, they should make a new trilogy of Piccard, Riker, Worf, and the rest of them. Then, when the time is right. combine the casts into an epic Star Trek 7.

I also wanna point out that i hope to see Shatner make a cameo in the new movie, he doesnt even have to play kirk, just give him a Stan Lee style cameo if that is all timing will allow.
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10:39PM on 06/03/2015

J.J. Abrams is a STAR WARS guy, IMO

I think his style suits the STAR WARS universe better. I have no idea how Justin Lin will do at the helm of STAR TREK: he certainly knows how to direct an action sequence and he sounds like a real fan of the series. Those are real pluses so I'm cautiously optimistic.
I think his style suits the STAR WARS universe better. I have no idea how Justin Lin will do at the helm of STAR TREK: he certainly knows how to direct an action sequence and he sounds like a real fan of the series. Those are real pluses so I'm cautiously optimistic.
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9:54PM on 06/03/2015
Well he certainly talks the talk. I like everything he said and it certainly gives me some hope, provided he can keep the Paramount suits at bay.
Well he certainly talks the talk. I like everything he said and it certainly gives me some hope, provided he can keep the Paramount suits at bay.
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9:40PM on 06/03/2015
As much as I wanted Abrams to finish what he started (infact I hate when directors start a franchise then bail after the second entry, only for the next guy to fumble it up), it'll be nice to have some fresh, new blood at the helm of the Enterpise. The possibilities are endless on where the story can go next; there's so much to explore in the Trek universe that the first two films haven't event touched yet.
As much as I wanted Abrams to finish what he started (infact I hate when directors start a franchise then bail after the second entry, only for the next guy to fumble it up), it'll be nice to have some fresh, new blood at the helm of the Enterpise. The possibilities are endless on where the story can go next; there's so much to explore in the Trek universe that the first two films haven't event touched yet.
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9:08AM on 06/04/2015
*cough* Bryan Singer *cough*
*cough* Bryan Singer *cough*
9:22PM on 06/03/2015
He sounds very passionate about the project and that is great. Extra tidbit: Star Trek Generations - Jean Luc Piccard teams up with James T.Kirk to stop Malcolm McDowell's character. Great stuff.
He sounds very passionate about the project and that is great. Extra tidbit: Star Trek Generations - Jean Luc Piccard teams up with James T.Kirk to stop Malcolm McDowell's character. Great stuff.
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9:06PM on 06/03/2015
I like the idea of exploring new alien species and locations, and hopefully they can add a little more science fiction back to these movies. I'm curious to know how many more movies they might make in this series. Some of the cast has become more popular and it will be hard to get them all back I fear. I really like my movie series to have some closure at the end.
I like the idea of exploring new alien species and locations, and hopefully they can add a little more science fiction back to these movies. I'm curious to know how many more movies they might make in this series. Some of the cast has become more popular and it will be hard to get them all back I fear. I really like my movie series to have some closure at the end.
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