We learned early this month that director Roberto Orci was pulling out of the third Star Trek film. The news surprised many fans, and rumors started to swirl around the internet. Several big names were dropped in the Star Trek bucket, but only one director emerged as the clear winner.
Paramount Pictures announced yesterday that Justin Lin will direct Star Trek 3. Most of you know Lin’s name from the Fast & Furious franchise. He was the director behind four of the Fast & Furious films, and many people credit him with bringing the franchise back to life.
According to the reports, Lin will use the script written by Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne. That’s a good sign for the fans out there who were worried Lin may come in and change everything. Yeah, it’s true that the Fast & Furious series relies heavily on insane action sequences; however, Lin is an extremely intelligent director. This is a fantastic opportunity for him.
And he will have big shoes to fill. The first two Star Trek films were directed by J.J. Abrams, and the most recent film in the franchise took home $467.4 million worldwide, which was almost a $100 million jump from the first movie back in 2009.
Paramount will be hoping Lin can continue the trend.[mashshare]