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Lin: Taking Star Trek 3 Beyond

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Fans who weren’t happy with Star Trek into Darkness and its take on a classic Trek villain will be happy to hear what Star Trek 3 Director Justin Lin has to say about the next movie.

Lin promises a fresh movie, made possible by the alternate universe set up in Star Trek (2009).

When the director was tapped for Star Trek 3, he had no problems saying yes to a franchise that was a beloved part of his childhood. “I was in the last week shooting True Detective when J.J. Abrams called last December,” he said. “He asked me, ‘do you like Star Trek? If you do, you should take this, be bold, and just go for it.’

“I thought about how much a part of my life Star Trek was. Growing up, my parents had this little fish and chips restaurant in Anaheim in the shadows of Disneyland, and they didn’t close until 9 PM. As a family, we didn’t eat dinner until 10 PM, and we would watch the original Star Trek every night at 11. My dad worked 364 days a year, only took Thanksgiving off, and from age eight to eighteen, the only time I could hang out with my parents was by staying late. And every night, it was Star Trek on Channel 13 in L.A. That was my childhood. All my friends were Star Wars kids but I didn’t go to the movies, so I was the Star Trek kid. Thinking about this, it became a very personal and very emotional decision.”

So what can fans expect from Star Trek 3, which may be titled Star Trek Beyond. “As great as J.J.’s films were, there’s still a lot to be mined from these characters,” said Lin. “They haven’t really gone on their five-year mission, so what we experienced in the TV show hasn’t been touched on yet. 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. By the time this movie comes out, Star Trek will have been around for fifty years.

“It’s all new and fresh, The Klingons, Romulans and other species are great, but it’s time to go further. It has been fun to focus on creating whole new worlds and species.”

Star Trek 3 warps into theaters July 8, 2016.

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28 thoughts on “Lin: Taking Star Trek 3 Beyond

  1. Sounds great. I’d love to see a film on the, er, “nuKlingons” at some point though.

  2. It’s great news that he’s a fan! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he and Pegg can bring us some real Trek in spite of Paramount.

  3. Great news. I had no idea he was such a big fan, I’m definitely feeling a little bit better about the hire.

  4. Kang bets they discover a planet with the best damn car chases in the galaxy.

  5. I hope it’s good but I honestly have given up on the new movies. I want them to go back to the prime universe and make another TV show. When they do that, Star Trek will officially be back in the saddle, so to speak.

  6. i would dial down the spock/uhura thing this time to give bones more to do but also see what pon far would do to this couple.

  7. and some day in the life stuff, as featured in the tv shows, would be nice too.

    wonder what the mess hall looks like?

  8. i would hate them to call time on nearly 40 years of trek movies to do a tv show again.

    plus they still make big money for paramount.

  9. I am really excited for the new movie the new Villains and Paramount wants to make this movie more fun Action Adventure more mainstream and less Star Treky.

  10. Yes, of course, because it’s called Star Trek, it should be less “Star Treky.”

  11. I think what they mean By less Star Treky is more Action and Villains less Blah Blah Blah.

  12. The last one had action and villains, but the plot was regurgitated and downright ridiculous.

  13. That’s True the Fans were Pissed off they redid the Wrath of Khan Story that was a mistake on there Part and they used Khan on Top of that JJ Abrams lied to his audience and said it was not Khan when we all Knew it was so the movie had alot of Problems 1 he lied to his audience and told everyone it was not Khan when we all knew it was 2 they remade the wrath of Khan and fans did not like that 3 they made Khan white and that pissed fans off even more and then there was the problem with the Story many plot holes so this movie was full of problems, but the next movie seems to be moving in the right Direction new Villains new Story new Film director and writer and the Villains will be played by Idris Elba Bryan Cranston and Sofia Boutella.

  14. One problem. Cumberbatch hinted sometime ago, at his involvement in the next movie. So how much of Khan is there going to be?

  15. that’s right he did he said something about they should of blown Khan up but I think this new movie is jam packed with Villains I don’t see how he could fit in and how would he find Kirk and crew, also Cumberbatch is doing Doctor Strange now but maybe there will be a post credit scene where we see Khan wake up either that or he will be in Star Trek 4.

  16. Didn’t like the first film so won’t be watching this…

    I so want a True Star Trek TV series… Something set beyond Voyager, with a optimistic take on life and true to the existing TV continuity… until that comes along then Star Trek has stalled for me after all those years!

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