Even though the first two movies of the rebooted Star Trek series have contained the words “Where no one has gone before,” they have very carefully avoided going to places where we’ve never been at any point across 10 movies, 700 hours of television and hundreds of comics, novels and games. Yes, Star Trek has instead boldly gone where we’ve already been several times: Earth, Vulcan, the Klingon homeworld. But if you’re going to call your movie Star Trek Beyond, as is rumored to be the title of this third* Star Trek film, then you better go beyond where we’ve been in the series before. And it seems that Beyond director Justin Lin is promising just that.
While talking to Deadline, the man credited with making more than half of the Fast and Furious series discussed his plan for the new Trek, which is supposed to begin shooting sometime in the next several weeks. “They haven’t really gone on their five-year mission, so what we experienced in the TV show hasn’t been touched on yet,” Lin explains. “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.”
Interesting way to phrase that since Trek 3 co-screenwriter Simon Pegg said that the studio thought initial attempts to write the script were “too Star Trek-y” for their taste. That characterization always seemed ambivilant to me, did they mean “too Star Trek-y” as compared to the recent efforts of J.J. Abrams, or “too Star Trek-y” as compared to the rest of the franchise’s 50 year history? If it’s the former, then Pegg and Lin’s new treatment for Beyond should be more about doing what’s new versus doing what’s been done, and it seems that Lin is confirming as much saying that the new movie will be about a new mission and featuring new aliens.
“It’s all new and fresh. The Klingons, Romulans and other species are great, but it’s time to go further,” he added. “It has been fun to focus on creating whole new worlds and species.”
When Lin was first hired for the film, there was a great deal of concern given his work of the last several years that he was being brought in to make Trek more mass-market (read: dumber) for the blockbuster crowd. Star Trek’s never been in the same orbit as Star Wars or Marvel in terms of money makers, but Paramount seems to think it’s missing out on a billion dollars. Lin assure however that he’s a genuine fan, and like many in the audience, he grew up on Star Trek and its TV adventures.
“All my friends were ‘Star Wars’ kids but I didn’t go to the movies, so I was the ‘Star Trek’ kid,” he said. “Thinking about this, it became a very personal and very emotional decision.”
In spite of everything, I think Lin’s comments restore my personal faith in the project. If he was a Star Trek kid then he should definitely know what needs to be done in order to make the kind of film that fans want, while at the same time making something that’s going to have crossover appeal. This is the guy that made those silly car racing movies into action movie behemoths, so if he can work even a fraction of that magic on Star Trek, then we will be in for a treat. But will we get Sung Kang to appear as Han? That’s the real question.
Star Trek 3 (Beyond) will be out in theaters everywhere next summer in time for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek.
Source: Screen Rant