A few weeks after Roberto Orci was removed from ‘Star Trek 3’ and left the director’s chair open, leaving the 2016 film in a bit of trouble, it has been reported by CBR that the ship now has its captain in the form of Fast Five’s Justin Lin. The director is known for revitalizing the Fast and Furious franchise with Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift and directing the three following films. The franchise improved with each installment and proved that Lin has some serious action directing chops. His next work will prove if he can direct slower character focused work in the second season of HBO’s True Detective.
At this time it is not known how much, or even if, the screenplay for the film, which Orci co-wrote, will change. Little about the plot is known other than the film will be set in deep space and chronicle a new adventure for the crew of the USS Enterprise on their five year mission to explore the galaxy. Hopefully now that the action heavy Star Wars is back and the adventure filled Guardians of the Galaxy is a runaway hit, the Trek franchise will strive to be different and return to its roots of being the more cerebral and philosophically minded space opera franchise, but that will sadly probably not be the case if recent rumors turn out to be true.
Star Trek 3 hits theaters in the summer of 2016, which will be the 50th anniversary of the original series.