Justin  Lin

Set your phasers to stun/heat/kill (depending on how you see fit) folks, as Paramount Pictures has finally found a new director to helm the third instalment of the mega-budgeted Star Trek reboot. With many directors in the running – including Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Jonathan Frakes – the list finally became a two-man race, fortunately this didn’t involve any souped up muscle cars, or fuel injected nitro kits. The search for a replacement director went into over-drive – when J.J. Abrams left for another galaxy far far away – with names as far-out as Edgar Wright popping up online. Now Paramount seem to have found the man for the job.

Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Justin Lin (Fast and Furious, True Detective) became to two frontrunners at Paramount Pictures. Thusly, with Wyatt dropping out of the running, Lin has now accepted the gig to helm part three of the franchise (which will be the 50th anniversary).

Robert Orci

Initial replacement Robert Orci – writer and producer on the first two instalments –  decided to back out of directing duties on the third movie (…the reasons behind his leaving of the franchise remain quite vague). Subsequently studio execs at Paramount Pictures didn’t have a lot of time to to sit about and twiddle their thumbs, as they had to find a director, fast, and furiously – to keep things on schedule.

Justin Lin might not be a favorite among Star Trek fans; especially fans who have been less than enthusiastic with the direction of the last two movies – with many claiming they catered too much to the MTV-generation – with Abram’s quick style edits, shaky-cam work, and his all important lens flare, seemingly too much for them to bear. However, Lin‘s last three Fast & Furious movies have made over $1.7 billion hitherto, and lets face it people – money talks.


Lin – who previously directed a few episodes critically acclaimed HBO produced drama, True Detective – is set to direct the first two episodes of the second season starring Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn, and due to the uncertainty of Jeremy Renner‘s next Bourne movie (Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon are returning to the Bourne franchise), this leaves more than enough time for Lin to explore new worlds, and boldly go where no one has gone before!

One thing that hasn’t been stated yet, is whether he has signed on for multiple films or not, as the Fast and Furious franchise still has life left in it yet (despite the untimely death of Paul Walker). But we will just have to wait and see how that pans out.

What are your thoughts on the choice of director! Does Justin Lin seem like the right choice peeps? Let us know your thoughts!

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