After undergoing a veritable director merry-go-round, Star Trek 3 has reportedly landed a new director — and the choice all but guarantees we’re about to see the most insane Enterprise adventure yet. Deadline is reporting that Justin Lin, the filmmaker behind three movies in the Fast & Furious franchise (including Tokyo Drift and last year’s Fast 6) will be taking the reins.
Lin steps into the role vacated by writer-producer Roberto Orci, who co-wrote the first two J.J. Abrams Star Trek films and was named to direct the third last May (Abrams, of course, left Trek to take on that other space franchise). It would have been Orci’s first time behind the camera, but he left the project earlier this month. While several fascinating filmmakers were rumored to have been on the Star Trek short list — including Edgar Wright — according to Deadline‘s report Lin was the only person to get a firm offer.
Which we hope means that Bad Robot and Paramount are looking for a Trek with more explosions, more familial bonds, more insane plot twists — and maybe, just maybe, Kirk and Spock blasting out the front of an exploding Romulan Bird-of-Prey.
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