Fast & Furious Director Justin Lin to Direct Star Trek 3

After the game of musical chairs that has been securing a director for Star Trek 3, Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures has nailed down Justin Lin to helm the third rebooted Trek film.

Roberto Orci stepped down from the project earlier this month amid rumors that studio executives didn’t like his script. Lin’s was one of the five names that cropped up after Orci’s exit; so far, the response in the blogosphere has been tepid, as Lin is best known for the Fast and Furious movies, and because he isn’t Edgar Wright.

To be fair, Wright’s name had barely been entered in the running before it was scrapped. Then came the aforementioned shortlist, which included Duncan Jones (Moon), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Daniel Espinosa (Safe House).

What Lin lacks in science fiction experience he may very well make up for with his track record of revitalizing franchises. He got the Fast and Furious franchise back on track by directing four movies from 2006 to 2013; as The Mary Sue points out, Fast & Furious 6’s treatment of women was less problematic than Star Trek: Into Darkness.

Now that a director seems to be locked in, let’s find out what Star Trek 3 will actually be about! We know there will be deep space and there hopefully won’t be a time travel device, but how about some more McCoy in there too?

Photo: Joshua Henson

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