‘Fast & Furious 6’ Helmer Justin Lin to Direct ‘Star Trek 3’

Justin Lin Directing Star Trek 3
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Justin Lin is boarding the USS Enterprise and will direct the third installment in Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek” franchise.

The hiring of Lin came two weeks after Roberto Orci backed away from the directing gig.

Orci had been hired for the helming job after J.J. Abrams had to exit the sequel due to his commitment to direct Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Abrams directed the first two “Star Trek” reboots in 2009 and 2013.

David Ellison’s Skydance Prods. is producing along with Orci and Abrams. Paramount has not yet set a release date for “Star Trek 3″ but speculation has emerged that the studio will release the film in 2016 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the launch of the original “Star Trek” series on TV.

Patrick McKay and John D. Payne worked on the most recent draft of the script.

Lin directed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth installments of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.

Last year’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” grossed $467 million worldwide, including $229 million domestically.

Lin is repped by CAA, Cinetic Management and Sloss Eckhouse Law Co.

News was first reported by Deadline.com

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  1. Star Trek 3 is The Search for Spock and it was directed by Leonard Nimoy.

  2. crookedmindframe says:

    The decision makes perfect sense. Lin has proven box office clout & is talented action director, which perfectly suits the new Star Trek direction J.J. Abrams created.

  3. worf shot twice says:

    Orci has been one of the biggest jokes in Hollywood for years, it’s so nice to see his career start to careen out of control.

  4. jgaz says:

    Terrible choice! were Uwe Boll, Michael Bay, Brett Ratner or M. Night Shyamalan unavailable? how about Joel Shumacher, Tyler Perry or Rob Zombie? all better choices by far.

  5. wde325 says:

    Now it`ll be “twilight-meets-fast-and-furious-in-space”! Boy, Star Fraud is getting sillier and sillier! LOL

  6. harry georgatos says:

    Paramount needs a geek director to do justice to a Star Trek movie. Edgar Wright has been passed on for Lin? Lin is an assembly line filmmaker where Wright would have made something unique and original. The lunatics are in control at Paramount and Skydance!

  7. Leigh says:

    Dear God, no…..Star Trek will not live long and prosper.

  8. Rhett E. Column, #SayWhatNews, #AXJ says:

    Reblogged this on forthe1789usconstitution and commented:
    #breakingnews …

    #SayWhatNews, #AXJ, #FreePress

    –Rhett.

  9. Ciera says:

    One wonders how the 50th anniversary will be interpreted by this installment of the franchise. Hiring an action director is consistent with the approach, but will make fans skeptical. Remember this are the fans who voted into darkness as the worst Star Trek film finishing even behind the Non Star Trek film Galaxy Quest. There are a great many who consider themselves Star Wars fans or even casual Star Trek fans that comprise the higher box office numbers who are giving this one, their last shot. To quote a friend of mine “I’m giving them one more chance, if they screw this one up too, I’ll never watch another Star Trek movie produced by Bad Robot.”

  10. jwnoo1 says:

    Well, hope the St 3 movie does well. I love Abrams work, but sometimes he goes Micheal Bay. Orci is great too, but I’ll really glad to see a new take on the film. This one was supposed to go back to the roots of trek. Hate to say it but betting on a flop overall for Star Wars. If they stick to Lucas’ s original stories, frankly makes 2001 look like citizen cane.

  11. ztigr says:

    What a horrible choice. If he can make Fast and Furious defy the laws of physics, I can just imagine what he’ll do in a Scifi franchise…

  12. Bob says:

    It’s dead, Jim.

  13. Tali Adina says:

    Reblogged this on Uncanny Pop and commented:
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